What Is WSOP Crown Hold ’Em?
Crown Hold ’em is one of the alternate ways to play poker in WSOP. The game mode is quite different, but I like it. You can see if this event is running and the current WSOP events at the Facebook page.
How to Play Crown Hold ‘Em
In Crown Hold ’em you play poker with a deck with only broadway cards and a few other high cards. The game plays the same as standard hold ’em but with only the best cards in the deck.
Crown Hold ’Em Hand Range
Normally I would use a hand range to select what cards I would play. But, in Crown hold ’em this is not necessary. I still somewhat play fewer cards on the blinds. This is because position still is important in any form of poker. I almost always fold the small blind, and I fold most often to preflop raises on the big blind.
I Don’t Raise Preflop
In Crown hold’ em raising preflop tends to do nothing as most people are never going to fold anyway. I open limp or call when the action gets to me. If somebody has bet or raised less than ten blinds, I call it. I often fold to bets made preflop that are bigger than ten blinds.
Avoid Going All in Preflop
I do not go all in preflop in this game mode. I may go all in with pocket aces and pocket kings, but Crown hold ’em is about having the best postflop edge. Going all in preflop often is wasting skill.
Postflop Is Where the Important Decisions Happen
You will make the most important decisions on the flop. This is where you win all the chips.
Play Much Tighter
Adjust Your Postflop Strategy
First, we need to adjust our strategy. Hands that would be OK or even good in normal Texas hold ’em we need to fold in Crown hold ’em. Fold with pairs. They almost never are worth calling with. Better hands will beat pairs most of the time.
Fold More Hands
I would even suggest folding most of the time with trips and sets and well. Often if you have trips, somebody else has a full house. I would not risk calling a bet with this type of hand against most people without some huge information.
Straights Are Losing Hands
Straights are an odd hand in this game mode. In normal Texas hold ’em I would play a strong straight. In Crown hold ’em this is a mistake. The fact is most often if the board postflop has a pair by the river somebody has made a full house. Not always but I would not risk a call to find out.
Do Not Bet with Straights
I never bet a straight. I only call if there are no pairs on the board. Straights are trap hands that people lose chips with.
Don’t Fold to Chopped Hands
Also, if the board is a nut straight with no pairs always call any bet even if people go all in. You will chop the hand with the other players. The only time I would not do this is if I think somebody might have a straight flush but that won’t happen too often even in Crown hold ’em.
Understand How a Full House Hand Works
Full House Hands Can Be Confusing
When I first started playing poker, I did know how to judge a full house hand properly. Losing a full house hand to a better one does not happen too often in normal Texas hold ’em.
What Is a Full House?
A full house is three cards along with two cards. For example, AAAKK is a full house. The three cards in a full house are what determines how strong the hand is. For example, AAAKK is better than KKKAA.
Know How Strong Your Full House Is
Why does knowing this matter? Because often people will hang on and never fold a full house no matter how strong it is. In situations like this, we want to go all in for everything we got. Let’s look at an example hand.
Beat People Who Will Not Fold Worse
I have AK. The flop is AAQ. I am heads up against another player. We both check our hands. The turn is now a K. The other raises big. I go all in. They showdown KK. This is a great situation for me to be in. This is how I win chips in this game mode.
Bet Big with a Full House
Full house hands are how you win chips in this mode. Often you will beat people with weaker full house hands and worse. It is important to understand how a full house hand works.
What About Four of a Kind and Straight Flushes?
If you have a four of a kind or better start to bet huge. You will either win a huge hand, or people will fold. There is no reason to play slow or try to hide my hand strength. People are that paying attention and playing tight are going to fold no matter what. Fish are going to call anyway.
Go All in on Most Rivers
Against a trickier opponent, I might hide a very strong hand with a normal sized bet, but against most people, I am going all in by the river in a situation like this. Sometimes people will fold, and you will win a pitiful pot or a few blinds. Sometimes you will win a huge hand though.
Common Mistakes People Make in WSOP Crown Hold ’Em
Playing Many Hands out of Position
In any poker mode position still matters. Try to play few hands in the blinds and as the first player to act postflop. This will make things easier for you.
Raising Huge Preflop for No Reason
Raising when action to you preflop is a good way to start a hand. I would not do this in Crown hold ’em though. As often nobody will fold, and even pocket aces have a chance to lose by the river. Unless you have a very good plan betting every hand preflop is a way to lose chips.
Playing Too Many Hands Postflop
This is a mistake people make in any poker mode, but it hurts more here. People who call with pairs and trips are giving away chips most of the time. You need to tighten up and wait for better.
Not Considering Hand Strengths
Some Hands Are Weaker
Not all hands are worth the same in poker. This information may be a surprise to some people because I often see people call with flat out worse.
Learning When to Fold Takes Practice
Learning this skill takes a lot of practice and observation. As you play many hands, you start to get a better idea of what will win at showdown or not.
Playing Too Risky with a Weak Bankroll
I recommend having 10 buy ins before playing at a table. Of course, people will play how they want, but I view playing poker like this too risky. You will be playing more nervous than normal or lose your entire bankroll.