Poker Cheat Sheets
'Cheat sheets' in poker are charts or graphs for new players to glance at while playing or study away from the tables. While poker is a game of incomplete information, the information that is available can be overwhelming at first. Most of what is needed will become second nature after playing a short time.
It's not prohibited to use such tools as a memory aid. In fact many online poker rooms produce visual aids for their players, strategy articles, training videos or poker schools, e.g. Dusty's Poker School on Americas Cardroom - example video below.
Related - check out these legal online poker tools & resources to get an extra edge at the tables.
While most hand rankings are easy enough to understand, others require an explanation. This chart will explain exactly what beats what. These hand rankings are the same for all high hand poker games. A flush will beat a straight no matter if you are playing Holdem, Omaha, etc. Click to download this cheat sheet as .pdf.
See more hand ranking cheat sheets for lowball and split pot games here.
Position in poker is one of the most important considerations in any game. It can sometimes be more important than your actual hand strength. The following chart below shows each seat at a poker table and what position each seat belongs to.
Keep in mind to adjust these seats based on how many people are at your table. See example hands played out on video for every game type in our how to play card games section.
The most important decision a player can make is if they should get involved in the hand at all.
Many times new players can get trapped into playing hands that seem "close enough" to a good hand. It can be hard to draw the line between A♥ J♠ and A♥ T♠, especially when you are not catching good cards.
A♥ T♠ for example lies just outside the top 10% of starting hands (shown right, in blue) yet is still a strong hand in late position.
It's difficult to draw up an exact cheat sheet for starting hands as it depends on your playing style. Learn more in this How to Play Texas Holdem article.
When playing for a flush draw or a straight draw the key is making sure you are getting the right odds to draw. How often will that straight draw come in? How likely are you to turn your set into a full house? This chart will show you all the odds based on how many "outs" when on the flop and then on the turn.
Example Americas Cardroom Poker School Video
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