Here are some basic strategy tips for the novice. When you have high pairs and very strong hands you must play fast before the flop. This can asure you more money in the early pot and also encourages weak hands to fold that could get a lucky flop and beat you. You must not draw to the low end or both ends of a straight. The low part in most cases is called the "ignorant" end of the straight. You must know that unconnected medium and low cards are usually unplayable, and that includes suited cards that can't flop a straight. Both ends of a straight such as 9 5 fall into this very weak category. Another important thing that you have to know is that you have to play starting low pairs ( from pair of 2 to a pair of 6) very cautiously. If these cards don't form better hand after the flop it's better for you to fold. When you have a two way draw after the flop it is good for you to play aggressively, because this draw usually forms good hands.