May 20th, 2011
By Jerry Whittaker
There is no doubt about the fact that Texas Hold em Poker is the most popular form of poker played anywhere online, as well as in the world of the live tournament. In fact many new poker players believe that this is the only form of the game there is. Often shortened to simply “holdem” Texas Hold em poker may also be played in different ways and if you are going to really get involved with playing, best you know all the variations. There are Limit, No-limit and Pot-limit games which have rules that are relevant to betting; then each “Limit” variation, requires a specific strategy to be played optimally.
Texas Hold em poker is a community card game; this means that players are dealt two hole cards each, while sharing five common or community cards. As with most poker games the last man standing wins, and players combine their hole cards with the community ones cards to make the best five card poker hand. If a player calls – the only remaining hand wins.
Texas Hold em Poker, Basic Structure For the Beginner
If you are a beginner poker player this game is the best to begin with; games such as 7 Card Stud, Omaha, Razz, Draw Poker and others are also great fun to play, but truly not nearly as easy to learn. Holdem can be learned in a matter of minutes and within a few hours of practice, the newbie can be playing quite well. It is important to know that that once the poker bug bites; the more often you play, the better your game will be. Poker is a game where the player is learning; all their poker-life long.
The game all starts with understanding the limit and betting structure, and the only real way to understand this is with practice, while in-play. Blinds and antes need to be posted and these are the initial wager amounts – they get the game started. A deck of 52 cards is used and dealer gives each player their two hole or pocket cards. A pre-flop round of betting takes place before the community cards are dealt and the same betting options are available for every Texas Hold em poker round. The player will either call, raise, or fold.
Thereafter the dealer “burns” (discards) the top card on the deck and flips the next three cards in the pack to a face-up position on the table; this is called the “flop”; these three cards are community cards. The player left of the dealer starts this betting round – once the round is completed another card is burned and a community card is dealt, this is called the “turn”. The betting begins again and this is generally where the prize pot starts to grow. The last community card is dealt after this betting round and another burn, and this is called the “river”. Now the Texas Hold em poker player can use any of the five cards on the table, plus their hole cards to make up a five-card poker hand. The final round of betting takes place, and that is the basic structure of this game. Simple!Post at 1:30 pm UTC by Jerry Whittaker