Whether you actually do have bad memory, or you want to make sure you always make the right decision, a poker a cheat sheet is always a good idea.
Truth be told, calling it a cheat sheet gives it a bad name. Unnecessarily. So much so, we have a feeling that poker pros decided to call helping material a cheat sheet to intimidate beginners.
If you don’t feel confident about your decision at the poker table, use it whenever you need it be it at the live poker table or online. Especially online.
The simplest poker hands cheat sheet
If you only need a poker hands cheat sheet, here it is:
1. No pair (Deuce to Ace high)
2. One pair
3. Two pair
4. Three of a kind
7. Full House
8. Four of the kind
9. Straight flush
10. Royal Flush
The list above you will be able to memorize in 5 minutes. But here is the problem. Poker is a complex game where you need discipline and attention. If you are going to make a cheat sheet of everything you need to know, you are better off taking a whole book.
What your poker hands cheat sheet should look like
A poker cheat sheet must be optimized. Online you only have 20-30 seconds to act. In a live setting, your time is not limited officially but you probably don’t want to be the guy or gal who is holding back the play and annoying everyone else at the table.
So, what should you put on your poker cheat sheet?
If we were to reverse engineer this solution, we could start by asking what can you remember?
Hand rankings – check.
Open raise range in different positions. It is easier if you play 6-handed cash games, but with a bit of practice sessions this should not cause any problems. Check.
Push-fold chart. This one’s tricky. Because if you play tournaments or sit and go’s, 10-15 bb play will be your bread and butter. You should print it out at first, but in the long run study the ranges meticulously. Check.
Calling odds based on your drawing hand and the size of the bet. Similarly to push-fold charts, if you are a cash game player – this one will have to be in your head. But if you’re a tournament player, it’s a handy chart to have by your side. Check.
Calling/Raising (3bet/4bet/5bet/etc. These are rare situations, especially everything above a 3bet. While for a pro knowing the right decision by heart is imperative, for a recreational player they will be a hassle to learn. Simply because they don’t encounter these situations. So, add this into your cheat sheet.
There you go, we have covered everything you should have in your cheat sheet. Let’s recap:
Tournament players should learn push-fold ranges and print out pot odds situations
Cash game players should study pot odds and print out a push-fold chart.
And if you are an amateur, print out 3bet/4bet ranges. It will be handy for all types of poker.