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How to Win More Chips Playing Heat Royale
In this guide, I am going to give strategies you can use to win more chips playing Heat Royale. This is going to be one of my more longer and more advanced poker guides.
Feel free to take breaks and jump to the sections that help you the most. You can do this with the table of contents at the top of the post.
You Only Play with Broadway Cards
In Heat Royale, you play with a deck of cards that has many of the cards removed. You only play with Broadway cards. This means you are only playing with T, J, Q, K, and A.
Broadway Cards Make the Best Poker Hands
Broadway cards are used to make a Royal Flush. A Royal Flush is the best poker hand you can have in Texas hold ‘em. It beats everything. More specifically a Royal Flush is the best straight flush you can make.
Heat Royale Preflop Strategy
I Play Most Hands Preflop in Heat Royale
I call most hands preflop. But I still fold most of my small blind hands, though. Playing out of position is hard, and I try to avoid it when I can. I will fold everything, except QQ+ and AK when I am the small blind.
Why I Call Some Bets Preflop
I will call some bets and raises preflop. Most of the time, people raise pocket kings, aces, or AK because that is what they do in standard hold ‘em.
Sometimes they will not let go of these hands postflop even if they are no longer the best. This is why I feel confident in calling bets preflop. Even if they have pocket aces, I still can possibly win anyway.
I Will Fold If People Start to Bet or Raise Huge
Once bets and raises start getting big, I will fold. I am confident in my postflop game. So to risk many chips preflop is wasting skill. If people start betting bigger than 10 blinds, I will often fold.
If I have pocket aces or kings, I may call and play very cautious, depending on what cards are on the flop.
I Will Fold to All Ins in Heat Royale
I almost will never go all in or call an all in preflop. This may seem strange to you? If this was a normal deck of cards, I would call 100% with a hand like pocket aces.
But this is Heat Royale. There is a much higher chance for a worse hand to win.
When people start going all in, I fold and enjoy the show. Often these people are on the table for less than five minutes. I tend to notice people with small bankrolls playing the most weirdly aggressive for some reason.
Once again I know I can play postflop better than a lot of players. So why throw this ability away by going all in preflop? Might as well play Hero Royale if I wanted to do that and I hate playing Hero Royale.
I Don’t Raise Preflop
I normally bet or raise almost every hand preflop when playing Texas hold ‘em. I never bet or raise in Heat Royale. I have found from past experience it doesn’t really change anything postflop.
People will call almost no matter what. So even if I don’t raise preflop, I still win huge hands anyway.
Also raising puts more pressure on me if I don’t make a big hand. There is a much higher chance of making four of a kind or a straight flush in Heat Royale.
I think is it is better to limp and call preflop and wait and see what happens postflop.
Hero Royale Postflop Strategy
Postflop Matters the Most
You make the most important decisions playing Texas hold ’em during postflop. You need to be even more careful in Heat Royale.
You Need to Adjust Your Strategy
You will need to get used to folding way more often than normal. Hands like two pair and trips are great hands in normal Texas hold ‘em, but these hands are folds in Heat Royale.
In fact, I almost never call a bet postflop without a fullhouse or better. Unless I am in the process of making a fullhouse, four of a kind, or a straight flush I will fold to any bet.
Straights Are a Losing Hand!
Playing Straights Is a Huge Mistake
The biggest mistake I see people make in Heat Royale is betting and calling big bets with straights. A straight is a losing hand in Heat Royale. This may seem strange for some of you.
Afterall a straight is normally a very good hand to go in with. I am going to explain why this is wrong to do in Heat Royale.
A Straight Will Not Improve to a Better Hand
A straight cannot improve to a better hand. Unlike a pair, two pair, or trips, a straight has no way to improve. These other mentioned hands can improve to trips, a fullhouse, or four of a kind.
There a Few Odd Situations I Will Call Bets with a Straight
There are some situations where I will call a bet with a straight. If the board is exactly TJQKA call any bet even if people go all in. You will chop the hand and bets here are pointless and just for show.
Now if there is a chance of a Royal Flush, you need to be careful. I might still call a small bet, but I won’t be too quick to go all in anymore.
What If I Have a Draw Towards a Straight Flush?
Draws Are Much Weaker in Heat Royale
First, keep in mind any draw is never going to be as good as in normal Texas hold ‘em. Remember we are only playing with Broadway cards. That means you will make a straight flush or nothing at all.
If one player has one of the cards you need to make a flush, you will never make it.
Never Call a Big Bet with a Draw
While the idea of making a royal flush might be tempting never call a huge bet with a flush draw. I normally wouldn’t call more than a half pot sized bet.
But if multiple people are in the hand and I think somebody is fishy I might call a pot sized bet.
One Card Draws Are Much Better Than Two Card Draws
This should be obvious, but I will state it for clarity. If you only need one more card to make a flush this is much better odds than two.
For example, if I have JT, and the flop is QK, and I need a suited ace to make the draw. This is about the best thing you can hope for.
The Odds of Making a Straight Flush Are Small
Keep in mind though the odds of making this are small. Plus again another player may already have the card you need, and you may be drawing dead.
What If We Have Top Two Pair on the Flop?
Two pair is a hand that looks promising. But be careful not to go too far with it. A two pair hand will improve to a fullhouse or lose most of the time.
This is why I mostly only play top two pair as it tends to win more often than any other two pair hands.
What Is Top Two Pair?
If you have AK and the flop is AKT you have top two pair. Notice that we have the best two pairs possible. If somebody has AT they have a worse two pair than we do.
What Is Somebody Bets on the Flop?
You should call most bets on the flop if it is less than a pot sized bet. The odds of improving make calling bets like this “OK”. It is not ideal because if we improve we can still lose or they might already have us beat.
Call Tiny Bets
But call smallish bets. This is bets of around one to three blinds. I am not sure why people bet like this because there zero reason to fold to such a tiny bet.
Fold to Huge Bets
Now if they raise big like over a bot sized bet or go all in for a substantial amount of chips you need to fold.
This is not Hero Royale (I really dislike that poker mode) where you need to go all in the flop. Fold if bets get too big. The odds of improving are not big enough to risk huge chips here.
What If They Keep on Betting?
If you call a bet on the flop and still only have two pair on the turn or river play it out the same way as the flop. Keep in mind though, if somebody bet on the flop the pot is going to be bigger.
They will bet more chips on the turn or river.
On the Flop, You Have the Best Set
What If We Have the Best Set Possible on the Flop?
So in this situation, we are assuming we have the best set. The hand now should be something like KTQ with pocket kings or ATQ with pocket aces. In these situations, I am more likely to call bets.
I might even consider making a half pot bet if the table seems like they are playing too tight.
If the Hand Improves to a Full House on the Turn Card
If we improve to a fullhouse on the turn, we can assume with high confidence we have the best hand in most cases. If you have KKKTT on the turn, bet huge and go all if raised.
What do I mean by betting huge? At least make a pot sized bet. Consider even betting more like twice the size of the pot. We want the other player’s chips and if they will make bad calls then let them.
Keep in mind the possibility that your hand might lose still! Unless you have the nut fullhouse, you still need to consider folding to some very strong looking bets.
For example, if you have something like pocket tens with TAKK you don’t want to get too aggressive here. in fact, there is a good chance you have already lost. I would check or fold this hand.
When to Bet Big
If you have QQ on QAAK and somebody who does not bet often makes a huge bet or goes all in you need to fold. You strongly need to consider the possibility they have a better fullhouse or even four of kind!
Pay Attention to the Hands Shown
If you see a showdown and they show a worse hand make a mental note of this and maybe call weaker in the future. But for now, assume this person bets strong.
What if my hand improves to a fullhouse on the turn or river?
This is the result we are looking for. Now is the time to bet and raise. Which action you take highly depends on the current poker board and the player.
I know that “it depends” is not a quick and easy rule you can remember and follow. But it really does depend on the current situation.
This Hand Is Most Likely a Fold
For example, if I have QT on KTATQ, I might be more likely to fold to any bets and check down. Why? Because this had is pretty weak. Yes, it is a fullhouse. But not all fullhouse hands are created equal.
This Hand Is an All In!
But if I have a hand like AK on AAK, I am going all in all the time every time. No matter how many chips it costs.
What If I Flop a Fullhouse?
If you ever are lucky enough to flop a fullhouse you want to bet big. You most likely have the best hand right now and may have the best hand on the river.
I would at least bet pot and if somebody raises consider going all in. For example, I have KT. The flop is KKT.
Be Careful Though If Your Fullhouse Is Weaker
For example, if I have JT on TTJ, I might not want to bet at all. Why? There is a good chance somebody makes a higher fullhouse by the river.
People will call normal sized bets in Heat Royale sometimes with almost nothing. This makes me bet less with hands like this.
But If Your Hand Is Strong Don’t Be Afraid to Go All In
If I have something like KQ on KKQ, I am going to go all in by most rivers. Remember you want to get value with hands like this. People will call with weaker hands. I once even bet three times the pot on the flop!
People still called as they don’t care about bet sizes sometimes. I love these people. There are why I never need to buy any chips.
What If I Make a Four of a Kind Playing Heat Royale?
I Normally Bet and Go All in on the River
I use a simple strategy against most people, including unknown players. I will make a pot sized bet. I will keep on making bets like this until the river card, and I almost always go all in the river.
It doesn’t matter if I make the hand on the flop or turn. If I make it on the river, I might only bet pot though.
Sometimes I Bet Even More Chips
I have experimented with betting huge chips like three or four times the size of the pot. I like how this looks very bluffy and very donk like. Some people hate this and will call down or even raise if you do it enough times.
Sometimes I Go All In
I go all in on the flop and turn sometimes. I tend to do this if I think people won’t call. This gives the impression that I am a donk and might go all in for any reason.
Being overall aggressive is one of the few things people seem to pay attention to.
People Will Not Fold with a Fullhouse
A smart player might fold, but most people will have a fullhouse and go all. Think about it. Do you think the average player is going to fold with a fullhouse?
If you think so, then you have more respect for the average player than I do. I know from experience they won’t fold and will call.
But Some People Do Pay Attention
There are some players though who are aware enough to stop me from making multiple huge bets. I might check a few times and maybe bet less than pot. But these players are not really something I think about too much.
Don’t Raise Bets!
If somebody bets pot on the flop or turn don’t raise! This might seem strange? My logic is if they bet they probably will keep betting. Plus if people call and you raise these other players probably will fold.
But if you call as well, these players probably will call again on the turn or river.
Bet or Raise All River Cards
Go all in on most rivers in multiway pots. People will fold at this point, but you want to make sure you win the most chips. Never leave chips left that you could have won in their stack!
At the very least bet or raise on the river. There might be a few cases where making a smaller bet is OK. You will need to have a read on the whole table, though.
This rarely happens as people leave and new people rejoin too often.
What If I Make a Straight Flush?
Harder to Play Than Four of a Kind
I have found having a straight flush is a much harder situation than four of a kind. People tend to much more vigilant when it comes to spotting these hands. I think because most players look out for flushes more often.
I Bet Fewer Chips
I still will bet, but I won’t bet to go all in the river every hand. I tend to bet more around half – to full pot with a straight flush. This gives people more reasons to call than betting huge and going all in.
I Still Play the Same Way Against Aggressive Players
I still will let aggressive players bet. I will then rise or bet on the river. I don’t go all in on every river though. I will bet something every time if nobody bets though.
When I Will Go All In
If I notice somebody is very fishy, I might still bet pot each street (flop, turn or river) and go all in like with four of a kind. If somebody loves to raise, I will try to raise them all in as well.
I Will Go All in If People Check Very Fast
Sometimes I will go all in if everybody checks. I don’t expect people to call, but I sometimes like to annoy the table. It gives me the image of a crazy donk like a player, which may work into my favor in future hands.
What If the Other Players Have Four of a Kind!?
Now you may think but what about the threat of four of a kind? If a player who rarely bets shoves all in on a paired board I probably will fold. At least until I learn more about how they play.
What If They Have a Straight Flush!?
If I have never seen a person bet before I will fold if it looks like there is a straight flush on the board.
This hand is much easier to spot because if the board is two or one to a straight flush it is (more) obvious to see compared to four of a kind hand.
Bad Beats and Coolors Will Happen Eventually
Keep in mind though coolers and bad beats will happen some of the time. This should not prevent you from getting value with strong hands.
In poker, a cooler is losing a strong hand to a stronger hand. A bad beat is when a player with a much stronger hand loses to a weaker hand.
A bad beat is when a player with a much stronger hand loses to a weaker hand.
Sometimes you might go all in on the flop with the current best hand, and the other person makes four of a kind. This happens even to good players, so don’t fret.
Don’t Play with a Weak Bankroll!
If you are playing poker with a weak bankroll, stop doing this!! Only play at limits you can afford to lose some hands at. I only play at limits that I have at least 30 table buy-ins at.
I have had some arguments with other players about how they think playing very risky is best, and I disagree. But at the end of the day, do what is best for you.
Just keep in mind if you play with a small bankroll and lose there is nobody to blame but yourself.
Don’t be quick to think the game is cheating or the other players are cheating. If you play with a small bankroll, all it takes is a few freak hands you are broke.
Remember Poker Is About Understanding Situations!
Keep in mind poker is about situations. Sometimes I play differently based on what I have seen. Against smart players, you won’t be able to use some of the simple strategies I have given.
If you are like me, you play to win! This is why I share my poker wisdom and knowledge with others.
If only one person reads this guide and goes on to win more chips than they normally would, that would make me very happy.
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