Texas Hold'Em Poker

by Joseph MacNaughton

The Beginners Guide to Playing and Winning at No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker

Evolution of Texas Hold'Em and Why it's the most Popular Version of Poker

Texas Hold'Em, sometimes known as just Hold'Em, has become and remains the most popular version of Poker for well over a decade. It's unclear exactly which year or where precisely the game originated, though Texas State Legislature claims Robstown to be the birthplace of the game. In modern times, Hold’em has been taken from poorly lit card rooms in Texas to the bright lights of the televised Event, with big money tournaments such as the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas taking centre stage.

You can play this game in almost any casino, and just about every online site that offers Poker will have Texas Hold'Em available. This version can appeal to all types of players with a diverse number of formats and styles provided. Texas Hold’em can be played with No Limit, Pot Limit or Fixed Limit format. Fixed Limit used to be more popular, but nowadays No Limit is predominantly played. No limit Texas Hold’em mean’s there is no limit to the amount a player can raise the bet, up to the maximum number of chips the player has at the table, often called an all in bet. Another intriguing aspect of the game is that players of all styles can be successful in this game, meaning a player with a fast, loose and aggressive style, can be as successful as a methodical, cautious, steady wins the race turtle.

Game Rules for Beginners to Hold'em and How to Play

It is often said about poker that it is easy to learn but difficult to master. This is undoubtedly true of Texas Hold’em. While the rules are simple, the strategies can be complex on many levels. It is a game where no matter how good you become, there is always room for improvement. But even a novice can have some degree of success at a poker table with a little knowledge and a good deal of luck.

This game is played with 2-10 players, split up into four rounds of betting for every hand played. Three positions determine the order of who starts and finishes each hand and how many chips in play. There is the Button or Dealer position, the Small Blind and the Big Blind.

The Blind is a predetermined minimum that must be placed into the pot before the cards are dealt to get the betting started. The Big Blind will place double the amount of the Small Blind. The player to the Button's left is the Small Blind, and the player to the Small Blind's left is the Big Blind.

After the blinds have been placed, the cards can now be dealt. Everyone at the table is dealt two cards face down, and a round of betting will take place. Players have the chance to look at this cards before betting, with the player sitting left of the Big Blind will be first act going around the table in a clockwise direction ending with the Big Blind.

Players have the option to call, fold or raise. Calling means to match the same amount of chips the Big Blind has put in. Folding will throw your hand away. To raise means increasing the bet minimum by at least two times the amount of the Big Blind.

After the first round of betting, the dealer flops (turns over) the first three community cards face up into the centre of the table for all to see. Everyone may use these cards to improve their hand. Players who have not folded their cards will then proceed to bet on the 4th and 5th cards in the same way as they did in the first round (preflop). The only significant difference is that If you are first to act you may Check or Bet. Checking is a neutral move and is the same as passing the action to the next player.

The next (4th card) to flop is called the Turn card. Another card is played face up next to the Flop, and all players may use this card. Another round of betting takes place, and the last (5th card) to flop is the river card. A final round of betting will commence, and if there are at least two players who have not folded after the last round of betting, then the remaining players must now turn their two cards face up.

The winning hand is the one that can make the highest ranking poker hand with five cards using the five community cards on the table, and the two cards dealt face down to each player. The poker hand ranking is as follows:

 

Position

Hand

Description

Example

1st

Royal Flush

Top five cards in sequence in the same suit

A♥+K♥+Q♥+J♥+10♥

2nd

Straight Flush

Any five cards in sequence in the same suit

3♣+4♣+5♣+6♣+7♣

3rd

4 of a Kind

Four identical cards of any value

J♣+J♦+J♠+J♥+K♥

4th

Full House

Three of a Kind + A pair

7♥+7♦+7♠+A♠+A♣

5th

Flush

Any five cards the same suite

A♣+7♣+4♣+3♣+10♣

6th

Straight

Five cards of any suit in number sequence

8♥+9♦+10♦+J♥+Q♣

7th

3 of a Kind

Three cards of the same value any suit

A♣+A♦+A♠+4♠+J♦

8th

Pair

Two cards of same value any suit

K♦+K♥+2♥+7♣+10♦

9th

High Card

The highest value card in hand where A is Highest

A♦+7♦+4♣+Q♣+9♦

 

It is worth noting that almost all poker variations share the same hand rankings.

The winner of the hand takes the entire pot, but If two hands are the same to the fifth card, the pot is split evenly between the players. If at any point you have not folded your hand and everyone else has, you are instantly awarded all the chips in the pot.  

Beginners Tips and Strategies and Common Mistakes to Avoid

The more a player knows about winning poker strategy, the better chance they have to win at a higher frequency, especially true in this game. The best strategy to employ often depends on a number of factors, such as the type of players you are playing against, game format, the size of your stack of chips compared to other players at the table etc. These are just a few things to take into account when making decisions in Poker. Furthermore, if you are playing in a tournament, most players base strategy on staying in the competition, rather than winning as much money as possible, since making the final table pays and therefore is often the primary objective.

In a cash game, players will try to win as many large pots as possible which gives greater emphasis on aggressive play because you can often re-buy into the game should you be unfortunate enough to lose after going all in. This is contrary to tournament play, where if you go all in you could get knocked out even with an excellent hand, and that's it, no second chances.

Advanced poker strategy is outside the scope of this Texas Hold’em game guide so, for now, we will keep it simple. For players new to the game, the best advice is to play fewer hands and watch and observe other players at the table. You won't know how to play a wide range of hands properly against more experienced opponents, and you will lose money more often than not because of this.

Being Selective about the hands you play is a wise move to make. The best time to play a hand is when you are in the best position when the hands are dealt. The best position in poker is when a player is the dealer (on the button) as they are last to act and get to see what everyone else is doing before making a decision. Keep it reasonably tight, bluff less and place bets when you see the value and the odds appear to be favourable (value bets).

One of the most common mistakes made by beginners is to bet because they are getting bored or frustrated. Maybe you haven't won any pots for what seems like a long time, and they try forcing a win from a weak position or by bluffing. Avoid this scenario when starting out by keeping your game to a small range of hands. With experience, you can start playing more hands and trying out good logical bluffs. Like anything in life, you must learn to walk before you can run.

When it comes to casino games, poker is arguably the most difficult to master. There are entire books with strategies and tips to improve one's gameplay at the tables, and the trend seems to be always changing. There are some tips that you should always have in the back of your mind. Our experts have made a short list to help you when you are playing Casino Poker Texas Hold'em, be it online or in a real casino.

First of all, you should play at your own level. Make sure that you join a table where you can afford to lose. For online poker, the range of stakes is very impressive, and you are sure to find what you are looking for in the big poker rooms. If you are a beginner, consider playing free poker or at micro stakes.

Once on the table, always make sure that you consider your position. The dealer button is the last to act for the main betting rounds, and this makes it the best position. It is always better to act later than the other players since you can get more information this way during the different rounds. The worst place in Texas hold'em is the one paying the small blind since it will be first to act after the community cards are dealt.

It is straightforward to focus on your own cards and ignore the other players. This is a bad habit in poker since it is always good to follow the action and the players involved. You can gather information on their playing styles by analysing hands you aren't involved. Also, make sure to factor in their stacks since poker players tend to have different betting patterns based on how many chips they have.

Another important tip is not to be afraid. If you have a strong hand, make sure that you try to make the most out of it. You won't always win, but you will have fewer regrets and probably more winnings in the long run.

What to take away from all this before jumping on to the tables an final thoughts

When starting out, players will invariably be sat down at a No limit game of Texas Hold'Em. In these types of games, it is possible to lose your entire stake very quickly on a single hand. For this reason, we would strongly advise players new to the game not to buy-in at an amount they cannot afford to lose. If nothing else, if you are afraid to lose it, it will affect decision making and could likely expedite the loss.

Because this game has four rounds of betting per hand, Hold’em has significantly more scope for skill and strategy than the majority of other gambling games and other forms of poker. An experienced poker player that consistently employs a solid game strategy can make a living out of the game, and indeed many professionals do both online and in real-world cash games.

If you have never played Hold'Em before, and enjoy gambling games of chance where strategy has a significant influence on the outcome of a hand or game, then you are sure to enjoy Texas Hold’em Poker, and it will be well worth the time and effort learning to play.

The best way to start learning the game is read as much as you can and play with people you know for small amounts to begin with for an amount you can afford to lose. There are also many online poker rooms available online where you can play for a minimal buy-in rate.

Cash games of Texas Hold’em are prevalent online ranging from the penny stakes of 1c/2c, to the high stakes of 200/400$. There are also plenty of Sit-n-go's and tournaments with buy-ins being entirely free to high stakes tournaments with 25k Entries. No matter your bankroll, there is a table waiting for you now in an online poker room. 

 

About Texas Hold'em and its Journey to International Fame

Casino Poker Texas Hold'em, known mostly as Texas hold'em, is famous around the world. The game has been around since the early 20th century, and as the name would suggest, it was initially played in Texas. Over the decades, it expanded to casinos all over, and it quickly became known as a casino game of skill, rather than a gambling game.

The card game can be played in several forms, but it is always against other players and not against the casino. Cash games are the ones where participants can leave at any point and collect their current stacks. Poker tournaments are different since they require players to pay an entry fee and will then get prizes based on their finishing positions.

In the year 1969, poker pros in Las Vegas were introduced to a new home on the Strip that promised a combination of players. The Dunes Casino quickly became the best place to enjoy the game. Other casinos followed in the same footsteps, and Texas hold'em is now available in most of the establishments in Las Vegas, as well as in various other casinos all around the globe.

Online Casino Poker Texas Hold'em helped a lot with the popularity of the game by making it more accessible to players from the comfort of their own homes. In the early 2000's, the poker boom took place, and there was a massive surge in the number of players. With popular movies, TV series, and documentaries helping keep the fire alive, the popularity grew immensely in a short period. This effect was best seen during the televised World Series of Poker where the Main Event awarded millions of dollars to the winner.

Now, the annual series continues to attract thousands of players and create some millionaires in the process. Also, online poker is widely available across all stakes. You can even play Texas hold'em on your mobile phone and win real money with a touch of a finger.

A Game with Millions of Players Every Day
It is indeed difficult to talk about only one type of player that enjoys Casino Poker Texas Hold'em. Due to its worldwide appeal, operators tend to please all customers by offering different stakes and playing options. This is very apparent when it comes to online poker since you can find tables with blinds that start from just $0.01/$0.02 and go up to nosebleed stakes. The schedule of tournaments is similar. Depending on the selected poker room, the online fields can have massive amounts of players.

There are also different variations to enjoy that can make the action more entertaining. Casual players can opt for fast-fold poker and eliminate the waiting time when not taking part in the hands. Serious bettors can easily find seats at the perfect level and put their strategies to work.

If you like playing live poker, there are usually tables available for Texas hold'em in the big local casinos. However, the variety of stakes is not as impressive as it is when playing online and scheduled tournaments are hard to find.

The distinction of being a game of skill does mean that it is not a great option for true gambling fans. While luck still plays a role here, skilled players can easily overwhelm beginners at the tables. As a result, Texas hold'em is not the ideal casino game if you want to sit back, relax, and make a few bets. Other less complicated gaming options can provide a better experience, like roulette, blackjack, and baccarat.

Before we get to that, however, you need to learn how the game works. In Casino Poker Texas Hold'em, you can play against one or several opponents. Most tables have nine seats for the players and one for the dealer. The croupier does not take part in the action and will only deal the cards. Before the round can begin, the dealer button is determined by drawing one card, and the highest value wins. The button rotates clockwise with every round, and the two players on the left have to place bets known as small blind and big blind (twice the size of the small blind).

Once the blinds are paid, the dealer will deal the cards. You will receive two cards that can only be seen by you and so will the other participants. The first round of betting can now take place in the same order as the cards were dealt, with the big blind being the last one to act. You can call and match the current bet, fold and give up your hand, or raise and increase the size of the stake.

Players who called will continue to the next stage of the game. The croupier deals three cards facing up, known as community cards, that players can use to create their hands. Another betting round takes place. The dealer then adds another card to the community ones, followed by another round of betting. Then, an additional card is inserted to the table, making a total of five community cards. After another round of betting, the remaining players can compare hands, and the winner takes the accumulated pot of bets.

Each player can use the community cards and the dealt cards to create the strongest hand. Hands in Texas hold'em are ranked like in most other poker games. Single cards start from 2 and go up to Ace in strength. Then there is a pair, two pairs, which are starting hands, then three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush, and royal flush. If only one player remains and all others have folded, he is the winner by default.

Table limits can be imposed for the size of the bet. Most games are played in no-limit Texas hold'em, meaning that you can bet as much as you have every time. Other variations are pot limit and fixed limit.

Let's Recap Before Joining the Poker Tables

You now know how Casino Poker Texas Hold'em works and you have some valuable tips to put into practice. Before you start your journey to the WSOP Championship title, we would like to do a quick recap. Poker is a complex game in which luck only has a small role to play. It is the most skill-intensive option on the casino floor, and it is challenging to win consistently over long periods of time.

On the bright side, the RTP is very high since there is no house edge. The casino only takes a small part of each pot in cash games and a fee for entering tournaments, known as the rake. It is also a very entertaining game to play and watch, which is one of the main reasons why there are so many viewers following the significant events live. The combination of factors is awe-inspiring and so Casino Poker Texas Hold'em is perfect for serious players.