Texas Hold’em Poker

The basics of Texas Hold’em Poker

with the boom of Internet casinos, poker is undergoing a renaissance in terms of its popularity and especially the Texas Holdem version. Like any other type of game, Texas Holdem has fundamentals that might not be apparent at the beginning, but must be well and continually mastered to achieve excellence. If you are one of those newbies that are eager to start making some real money out of Texas Hold’em than this article might be just what you need.

Texas Holdem is either No Limit or Limit. The winning tactics differ in a sense that most of the winning strategies in No Limit are completely useless in Limit Holdem ring games.

In Texas Holdem, a standard deck of 52 card is used. Each player is dealt two cards, face down. Those two cards are known as “hole cards.” The first player (the one to the left of the dealer) has to call, raise or fold. The dealer removes the top card in case someone saw it and then flips the next three cards face up on the table. These cards are called the “flop.” After the flop, another round of betting begins as every player has the right to call, raise or fold. Then the dealer the dealer removes the top card again and adds a fourth community card (counting the flop). Then a third round of betting begins after which the fifth community card is added. At the end, there are a total of five community cards and players can use any combination of the community cards with their own two hole cards to make the best five-card poker hand they can. After this final round of betting, all players who are in the game have to reveal their hands. Best hand wins.

In the Limit version of Texas Holdem, all bets are predetermined before each round starts. For example, the limit could be $4-5, which means that all bets and raises before and right after the flop are $4, while bets for the turn and the river are $5.

The World Series of Poker play a No Limit Texas Holdem, so all players can bet as they have in front of them. That’s why in such games you will often here players saying “I’m All in”, which means they are betting all the chips they have. The other version is called Pot Limit poker in which the maximum amount that players can bet is limited by the amount currently in the pot.


Omaha is the most exciting and most lucrative cash game ever. Omaha has been one of the most popular poker games in Europoe for some time now and it has incredibly popularity in the Midwest and Southern United States too, and it’s currently spreading like wildfire in North America. Why you may ask – because it Omaha provides more action and bigger pots than Texas Hold’em.

There are two variations – straight Omaha and Omaha hi-lo. When you play straight Omaha, the highest hand wins the pot. In Omaha hi-lo, the pot is split. The best way to learn to play Omaha is doing it online.

The rules of Omaha Poker are similar to Texas Holdíem, with the main difference being that at the start of every game, the player is dealt four cards, instead of two in the case of Texas Holdíem. When you play Omaha, you must use two of those four cards to make a combination of three of five community cards to form the hand.

There are a lot of websites that allow you to play Omaha without risking real money, so that you can learn the basics of the game and gain valuable experience, using Free or Trial memberships. All you have to do is register for a free account, which takes only a few minutes. Next step is download the special software of the given website and install it on your computer, although there are Omaha poker websites that allow you to play straight from the web interface. Once you are registered, you can start playing immediately.

There are hundreds of different pokers rooms on the web that offer Omaha poker, but they are not all created equal. Some are better than the others, so the question is, how do you find the best Omaha poker rooms? First, you have to know what you are looking for. Since all these websites are in competition against one another, they will make all kinds of offers to make your their client, by giving away different bonuses. Obviously, you should go for the website that offers you the highest welcome bonus, which should be 100 percent of your first deposit. But the bonus should not be the only thing to consider. Their website must be easy to navigate and there should phone/chat support so that you can get help in case you ran into difficulties. Mansion Poker and Absolute Poker are amongst the leading Omaha poker websites. They constantly run promotions and have a Welcome Bonus.

Freerolls Explained

Freerolls Explained

Freerolls are special online poker tournaments that serve as an entry to a major tournament. A lot of online casinos and poker rooms offer freerolls to reward the more active players and of course recruit new ones. You enter a freeroll without any risk, because there is no entry fee. The whole idea behind freerolls is that you can participate for free, while the prize is guaranteed by the poker room where you are playing. The prize money remains unchanged, because it doesn’t depend on the fees collected from the players. The entry requirements are different for every casino.

Freerolls provide the perfect for chance for novice players to improve their poker skills without risking anything. The best thing is that you are playing for real money, in a real tournament, without having any risk at all. You can participate in such freerolls as often as you want. Freerolls really are a Win-Win situation, because you either win money, or experience, or even both.

Considering the characteristics of freerolls, it should not come as surprise the fact that too many people want to join the party, so quite often, there are limits to the number of participants per tournament. Hence, you should be quick when it comes to signing up for freerolls. Usually, the subscription period starts just one hour before the actual tournament gets going. That’s why you should know when a free roll starts, so it’s a good idea to constantly check the special freerool schedule websites.

PartyPoker.com is offering a lot of World Series Of Pocker packages through their WSOP freeroll tournaments. There are certain days at which Party Poker is giving away 20 unique WSOP packages. Check the website for the exact details. Have in mind that this freeroll is not open for everyone. In order to be allowed in, you have to qualify through a different freeroll tournament throughout the week. Every day 12 freerolls are held on Party Poker that anyone with a real money account is welcome to participate in. The top 50 finishers from these freerolls are allowed to play at the big Saturday freeroll at the end of the week. There is a limit of 3,500 entrants at the sub-qualifier freerolls and you shouldn’t know that Party Poker is never short on entrants. There are also Gateway Satellites organized by Party Poker but they are more costly for the players. Gateway Satellites are played three days in the week, limited to 22 entrants playing in a 500+$35 tournament. The winner receives a WSOP package. There are also Steps Tournaments – “Steps” and “Quick Steps”. Each of them is a five-tier series of tournaments that lead to the final tournament where one WSOP package is awarded.


We have to admit it to ourselves that in a lot of ways, gambling is just part of live, part of human nature. Even if you have never placed a bet or rolled a dice in a casino, you have still gambled in your life, regardless of whether you have realized it or not. Taking difficult decisions is gambling too. When you are wondering whether to do one thing or another, and eventually decide upon something, you are still taking chances, hence you are gambling. Scientists are hinting that there is even a gene in our DNA that provokes risk-taking and the history of gambling can confirm that. There are evidences of gambling dating back as far as 2300 BC.

Some people have serious issues with gambling, and yet there are others who are making a fortune out of it. In present days, gambling is not considered as an illegal activity nor does it mean that the person who is involved in it is doing something wrong. Gambling has been widely accepted in many different cultures. It’s not strange for parents to buy lottery tickets for their children, or to even take them to play Bingo. What makes gambling a problem is the person himself. You can easily get preoccupied with it and loose focus on the real things in life, like your family, job, hobbies, friends. That’s when the issues can arise. But if you are able to keep control over yourself, then gambling won’t have negative effects on your life.

An interesting question concerning gambling is why do people gamble in the first place? Is it really a gene that makes us do it? Is it the environment that leads us to it? Is it the desire to make easy money? Is it greed? As oppose to what most people think, money is not the main reason why adolescents gamble. Money is just the vehicle which enables them to continue playing and keep that adrenaline rush, and once you feel it and get addicted to it, you just want more and more. The three main reasons are – the excitement that gambling brings, enjoyment and then come the money. Other reasons could include desire to relieve boredom or to even relieve feelings of depression.

If you are a responsible person that likes gambling, then you should use special systems or techniques to increase your chances of success. A betting strategy is nothing more than a structured approach to gambling, instead of just chaotically place bets depending on how you feel. The good strategies will increase the odds of winnings so you will gain more profits in the long run. The best strategy is the one called “Negative Progression Betting”, according to which, you should double your bet every time you loose, but its downside is that it requires a larger bankroll. Theoretically though, if your bank roll is large enough, you will always be on the winning end.