The poker game of diamonds has been given the longest possible standing as a hand in the game of poker. It should be played with the utmost skill and knowledge of the game. Though not an easy hand to win, it is my favorite hand to play. So, when you see players about to call you to raise with diamonds, you should know that they are seeking trouble. That is unless you hold the four or ten of diamonds.
Diamonds is a powerful drawing hand. It allows you to take a shot at the higher hand and hits often enough to make you a winner. True, you should maintain a tight hand around four and ten as they are not as likely to make a flush or straight, but there are other opportunities to win with them. They allow you to barrel in for the win without a question. And, if you do happen to hit the four of diamonds on the river, your opponents will be left wondering what the hell happened.
The ten and the four of diamonds are not the only drawing hands that work well with diamonds. Any two suited cards will do. The reason for this is that you have more outs with suited cards than you do with unsuited cards. Suited cards are likely to be the best hand most of the time in most situations. Let’s say you have a set of fives. You can reasonably think that you have better cards than your opponent, even if you hold only two cards. With two cards, you can determine whether your opponents holdings are better than yours or not.
Playing with suited cards can be a little trickier than playing them out of the pack. You don’t know what to do with any particular card, and are likely to be asking yourself “How should I play this?”. The thought of playing one or two suited cards is fun, but when you have “suited” cards as your third place out of four cards in the middle, you still have a problem.
A lot of professionals will just not play them at all. There are some players that go out of their way to play only the premium hands, but even these players know that you can’t hold them all. The fact that you are playing suited cards is a hand against them and your hope for the best hand is that the better hand does not beat you.
In the event that you are playing suited cards, when you have an Ace spread your bets or raises or you are looking for a showdown with a hand like Ace King or Ace Queen, always raise when holding four-card or better.
The best case scenario is that you hit a four-card, and you will have a showdown with the best hand where you can decipher if your hand is the best hand or not. But this requires an awful lot of luck and for most starts in earnest before the cards get dealt.
If you intend to play suited cards, and not only as a stop-loss strategy, but to win playing suited cards, you need to get to know what to do pre-flop. There are many books and notes about the game of poker available. Introduction to Texas Hold’em by David Skylansky is one of the best I have ever read and regularly has become a necessity to my poker games. (“Luck” is an understatement. And the* is going to get you paid off the best possible way. Skylansky proves that poker is designed for the situations when you need the money and not for the situations that you want to get.)
There are also many videos online of heads-up poker and tournaments. While not exactly an introduction to playing poker, they are well worth watching for someone who aspires to become a world class player.
One presents the idea of the critical importance of the starting hand. Most people start playing poker calculating, “I want to get to the end of the deck.” That’s fine, except you don’t exactly know what that means yet. Similarly, most people play going to the showdown in a poor position. That doesn’t matter. You need to learn the starting hand before you can move onto the bigger money tables. If you can’t grasp the significance of the various combinations, combinations, and values of the many hands available, you will avail yourself of the help available.
There are also many poker strategy videos online, and you can buy them from the internet as well. No matter what your budget may be, the supplies you need should always be made available. If you want to win, you are going to need a strategy video. Maybe none of the Macy’s fashion shows, but a video of a MPO777 player going all-in against his opponent will show the importance of this concept. If you want to watch a guy bluff, that is well before its time.