Playing it Tight to understand our Personal Time Clock ticking off our Stack on



So we talked last about the Small Blind and the Big Blind and the rounds of betting going through a hand.  We have covered the basics but it is a little more complicated, but not so complicated that you will want to switch to a different game.


Texas Hold ‘em strategies begin partly with understanding cash flow.  At a basic level you have to know how much money you have and how much you can afford to bet, and how many chances you will get to play.


The game ends for a player when that player runs out of chips.  That’s a pretty simple concept now isn’t it!


So at an initial level you first need to understand that you can play as many rounds as your chips last.


So if we are given the following facts:


4 people playing

Big Blind Amount $10

Small Blind Amount $5

We have $200 in our stack

With this information we can deduce the maximum number of hands we will see.


During the first four hands we will have to bet a minimum of $15 (Large Blind once and Small Blind once $10+5=$15).


At a rate of $15 / 4 hands we can last for 49 hands.  (200 / 15 = 13 rounds of 4 or 13 x 4 => 53 hands)


So at a minimum we will see 53 hands of combinations with 2 cards.  That’s a good opportunity to see a decent couple of cards come up.


Before we get into bluffing and folding hands, this means that at its simplest we can wait out the best hands for 53 hands before we run out of money without ever having to bet more.


So one of the things about Texas Hold ‘em that we have to appreciate is that if we play it Tight we will wait for the best hand to come to us before we run out of money because we have time on our side.  Patience can definitely be a virtue. Learn


As we will see in future articles there are things built into the game that will pressure us to get off the fence and play now rather than later, but it will always be important to know how much time is on our personal time clock.