There is no doubt that Texas Holdem has become the world’s most successful and popular Poker game. Everything about this game is amazing. It has every aspect that involves having fun covered. It started to become more and more popular as it became televised. TV stations around the world started broadcasting live poker tournaments for people to enjoy. It became a sport, and although it doesn’t have much physical activity in it other than moving your hand and keeping a straight face, it definitely is a sport as it takes a lot of concentration and skill to master.
There isn’t a lot of information which is known about the creation of Texas Holdem, but the State of Texas recognizes Robstown as the birthplace of the game. It is said that the game was invented somewhere in the 1900s. Texas Holdem is a variation of the standard Poker game in which the players are dealt with two cards instead of the usual five. The No Limit Version of Texas Holdem is considered to be the highest ranking poker game of all, meaning that it is the most luxurious and that it can be considered as the big leagues.
In order to play the game you need the following; A deck of cards, chips or money to play with and bet with, a dealer chip, a small blind and a big blind chip, common knowledge of poker hand values, a group of individuals, and a surface to play on or a table to be exact. The game itself is pretty simple and if you are one with a prior knowledge of poker rules, you will quickly learn this version of the game as it is similar to most versions. After you have gathered up all of the necessities, you need to know the rules in order to play.
At the start of the game, each player is dealt with two cards which are otherwise known as “hole” cards, that belong to the player that they were dealt to. All of these cards are dealt face down in order to avoid a situation in which another player sees the cards. After that five community cards are dealt in the middle of the table for all players to see. These five cards are dealt in a process which involves three cards being dealt, followed up by a turn, and a river. The goal of the game is that all players must use all of the seven cards which are in play, that consist of the five community cards and the two personal hole cards that the player has, in order to form the best possible five card poker hand. In order to do so, the player can use both, one, or none of his or her cards.
The most important thing that one must learn in order to fully understand Texas Holdem is the card value system. If you master the poker hand values and learn them by heart, you have a lot of room and time to think about possible outcomes in the game. Remember, the cards aren’t all shown at once, meaning that you must calculate your odds and decide whether or not you should continue into the game, or stop before you lose all of your chips. The best hand that you can get in poker is a pair of aces, while the worst hand consists of a two and a seven. If you get a two and a seven, you should fold in most cases, and if you get two aces, you should go further into the game.
The value of the cards in poker goes from 2 being the lowest card in play, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack (J), Queen (Q), King (K) and an Ace (A or 1) being the highest card in play. The different card suits are hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs.
The ranks of the poker hands are:
- Straight Flush: The straight flush consists of five cards in a row that have the same suit such as 7, 8, 9, 10, and a Jack of spades for instance. If the cards consist of a sequence from 10 to an ace (10, J, Q, K, A), then you have a Royal Flush, which is the highest hand in poker and is unbeatable.
- Four Of A Kind: This consists of four cards of the same rank such as four aces or four kings etc…If more than one player has a four of a kind, the highest rank wins. Four tens beat four eights for example.
- Full House: A Full House consists of two cards of the same rank coupled with three cards of the same rank but a different value like three kings and two aces for example. If there is a tie and both players have a full house, the highest ranking hand wins.
- Flush: A Flush is a hand that consists of five cards of the same suit. These cards do not have to have any numerical value, as long as they have the same suits, they are considered a flush. If two or more players have a flush the winner is determined by the highest card, second highest and so forth. The suit of the card has the same value in all cases and is never used as an indicator for a tie break in poker.
- Straight: A Straight consists of five cards in a sequence. These cards can be of any value as long as they are in a sequence such as 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. If there is a tie, the highest card which is on top of the sequence (6 in this example) is used to determine the winner. The ace can be both used as a 1 and 14 in this case and it is the only hand that can do so.
- Three Of A Kind: This hand consists of three cards of the same rank, coupled with two unrelated side cards. For instance, if you have three jacks and a two and ace, you have three of a kind. If a tie occurs, the winner is determined by the highest side card or the second highest side card.
- Two Pair: A Two Pair consist of two cards of the same rank, coupled with another two different cards with the same rank and an unrelated side card. For instance, two aces and two jacks along with a seven is a two pair. If a tie occurs, the highest pair and if necessary, the second highest pair wins.
- One Pair: One Pair consists of two cards with the same rank and an additional three unrelated side cards. If there is a tie, the highest pair wins. If both pairs are the same, the side cards determine the winner.
After you have carefully studied the value of the different hands in poker, you are going to find it a lot easier, and a lot more fun to play the game. Once you get into the loop, you will not only be analyzing your own cards, but you will also be trying to determine which cards your opponent has by looking at how he is playing and how much chips he is putting in the game. This is an advanced phaze of poker and is definitely a lot of fun when you reach that level. The high rollers in Texas Holdem are usually very good at this level of playing.
There are variations of the Texas Holdem game, depending on the amount of chips that you can put in. You have the No Limit version which is pretty self explanatory, and is the most hardcore version of the game as it allows you to go all in at any stage of the game. Limit Texas Holdem is a version in which a betting limit is pre determined for each round of the game. Pot Limit Texas Holdem is a version in which the player can bet any amount up to the value of the pot. Mixed Texas Holdem is a version in which the rules are switched from No Limit to Limit Texas Holdem.
What makes the No Limit Texas Holdem version of the game is that you really get the chance to take risks. You can bet in as much as you like and if someone follows you until the end, you either bust or come out with double of what you had five seconds ago. It is pretty easy to understand why it is a popular game among high rollers and people with a lot of money.
You can learn how to play the game in a lot of different ways. There are loads of online versions in which you can test out your knowledge without spending any real money in the process. However, it is advisable that you become familiar with the rules even before you start playing online. After you gain some skill and overall understanding of the game, you will easily be playing in the big leagues if you’re a dedicated enough player.
Here are some of the basics of the game of Texas Holdem Poker:
The first thing that happens in a game of Texas Holdem is the forced bet or the blind stake. This is in other versions of the game known as the Ante bet which is a bet that the player must place in order to stay at the table. After the dealer is selected, which is usually done by dealing cards and seeing which player has the high card, he is presented with the dealer chip. The player with the dealer chip is the one that deals the cards which is why everybody on the table and everyone that wishes to play poker in general should know how to shuffle and deal cards. After the dealer is selected, the player which is clockwise of the dealer puts in a small blind, and the player that comes next to the one with the small blind places the big blind which is usually double the amount of the small blind. The big blind varies from casino to casino.
After all of the blinds have been placed, the dealer deals two cards to all players on the table. After the cards have been dealt, the betting starts before proceeding into the next round. A player can place a bet before any community cards have been placed on the table if he feels strongly enough about his cards.
The Betting Options:
Similar to all other variants of poker, Texas Holdem has more options when it comes to placing a bet. You can either fold, check, bet, call, or raise in a game of Texas Holdem. When you fold, you discard your hand and decide not to play for the rest of the round. When you check, you do not bet nor fold your cards, you just skip a turn in a simplified way. If you bet, you put in the desired amount on which other players can either call or fold. When you call, you place an amount of chips that the player before you has bet, showing that you are still in the game. If you raise, you simultaneously call a bet, giving the amount a previous player has bet, and place in an additional bet which other players have to follow in order to continue into the next round. The options that you have depend on the actions that other players have previously made. You have the option to fold at any time during the game, you can check only if no other players have placed a bet, and you can bet at any time as well, being that no other bets have been placed before you.
This is the second stage of Texas Holdem in which the dealer presents the players with three cards which are dealt face up. These cards are known as community cards because all players have the option to use them in their five card combination. All players have the option to bet and they can check as long as no one else has placed a bet on the flop. If someone has placed a bet and you aren’t satisfied with your chances with the cards you have been dealt with, you always have the option to fold. After all, bets have been placed, the round goes on. Keep in mind that you always have the option to raise and the betting goes on until all players have called on the largest bet.
This is the third stage of Texas Holdem in which the dealer deals on more community card face up next to the three that are already in play. This card gives a lot more combinations and also gives the players a lot more room to think about their hand and strategize regarding possible combinations. After the turn or the “Fourth Street” card has been placed, another round of betting is initiated in which the options are the same as in the former stages of the game, beginning with the first player clockwise of the dealer button.
The River or the “Fifth Street” is the final round in Texas Holdem, or more accurately, the final card that is dealt on the table. It is the fifth card that is placed face up next to the previous four. All bets on the river are same as the ones mentioned above.
After the River has been placed, the Showdown initiates. The showdown happens only if there is more than one remaining player at this stage of the game. If a player wins by all other players folding, he has the rights not to show his cards. However, if there are more players in this stage of the game, the last person to raise or place a bet is the first one to show their cards. In this stage, all players show their cards and compare them to each other. The player with the highest valued card in poker wins. If there is a tie that cannot be resolved, the pot is split between the players that tied. After the showdown, another round begins until the game is over.
As you can see, there are a lot of stages in a game of Texas Holdem. Each stage has its own importance and all players (if they are skillful) are constantly going through different scenarios through the game. A common move that players use is deception. This is called a bluff. When a player is bluffing, it means that he is betting on a hand that he doesn’t have. This is a mind trick that takes a lot of time to master and there are a lot of different skills to it. One of the most commonly known parts of a bluff is the “Poker Face”, which is basically not letting anyone see through your bluff by keeping a straight face during the game. If you are good at bluffing, you can make a player with a good hand fold even if you don’t have a valuable hand.
There are many strategies in poker and that is exactly what makes it so fun. The more you get into the game, the more fun it is, and the more skillful you get. If you really want to take it to the next level, you can play in a casino or a tournament in which you can test your skills with real people and real money. The poker tournaments that are held all over the world have high rewards that sometimes come out to as much as 500.000 pounds. Of course, there are amateur poker tournaments in which a lot of Holdem lovers participate. If you are considering a career in poker, you will have to go up the ladder, meaning that you will have to start out in some smaller tournaments and eventually work up to the big leagues. There is a lot of money at stake in the big leagues which is why many talented poker players have sponsors that cash in their fees. Basically, good players get paid to enter these tournaments and split the profit with their sponsors.
All in all, the No Limit Texas Holdem poker game is something that anyone can play. From your bedroom to a high end casino, anything is possible. It is incredibly fun and easy to learn. You can develop your personal playing style and poker tactic and thinking while you’re playing is going to ensure that you have an amazing time! Just be sure to go through the rules before you start spending real money on the game because it is really easy to lose in poker. As stated above, a great way to practice is to look at online tutorials that have tips and general how to play articles, and try out some online poker before going in with some real money. Although, betting real money makes it a lot more exciting, sometimes you have to be careful before going all in.