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.