There are countless poker games in existence today, but the best known and most popular is Texas Hold ’em. The aim of the game is to make the highest possible combination with the two cards in your hand and the five cards that come up on the table. The beauty of Texas Hold’em is the fact that you can do this with one of your own cards in combination with four cards on the table. In the following guide, we’ll cover the basic rules, hand values, poker terms, history and a bit of strategy. We’ll finish with a few handy tips.
Little is known about the history of Texas Hold’em. According to the Texas Senate, the game originated in the early 20th century in Robstown, Texas. After becoming popular in Texas, it soon spread to Las Vegas, where poker was legal since 1931. The person who made sure of that was Felton ‘Corky’ McCorquodale. In 1963, Corky introduced the game to the California Club and it was soon being played at venues including the Golden Nugget. Due to the influence of Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Puggy Pearson and Amarillo Slim, Texas Hold’em became extremely popular. Benny Binion, the owner of the then Horseshoe casino, now Binion’s Gambling Hall, made sure in 1970 that the first edition of his World Series of Poker included Texas Hold’em. Johnny Moss who won the tournament in 1970, 1971 and 1974 was later added to the Poker Hall of Fame.
Although Texas Hold’em and a host of other variants have been played around the world for years, the big break didn’t happen until 2003. This was all thanks to Chris Moneymaker, who won the C$10,000 Main Event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas as a recreational player. Moneymaker had qualified in a C$50 qualifying tournament on PokerStars, after which he went up against top players like Phil Ivey and Doyle Brunson. In short order, the pros were beaten by the amateurs and in addition to eternal glory, Chris Moneymaker received C$3,000,000 for his amazing performance.
How Does Texas Hold’Em Work?
Texas Hold’em is played with 52 cards and the betting limits are set in advance. If you want to participate in a hand, you must pay a blind. The blinds are also fixed in advance. In tournaments, the blinds are raised every so often. In poker, there is a small blind and a big blind.
Big Blind, Small Blind and Antes
In big tournaments, there is a dealer who deals the cards. If there is no dealer at the table, the players deal the cards themselves. To make this as easy as possible, there is a disc that rotates clockwise to the next player each round. The game begins with each player being dealt two cards face up. The dealing goes clockwise and starts with the player sitting to the left of the dealer. The player sitting to the left of the dealer is also the small blind. The small blind is always required to bet a certain amount. To the left of the small blind is the big blind. He also has to place a certain amount of money. In some tournaments, you also have to deal with an “ante”. This is a small amount of money that every player at the table is obligated to bet. Since 2017, a big blind ante is mostly used in live Texas Hold’em tournaments.
Live Texas Hold’em Tips
Don’t play with money you can’t afford to lose.
For many players, poker is a hobby but it is also a game which is often played for money. There’s nothing wrong with that, but make sure you only play with money you can afford to lose.
If you are going to play for money, it is wise to look for tournaments or online cash games where you are in the top 30% of players and not in the bottom 30%. It’s unnecessary to compete with many players who are better because that’s not where your profits will come from in the long run.
Pay attention to position!
The position is very important in poker. If you have seen four people in front of you making a decision, it is easier for you to make your own.
Learn about hand selection as it is the foundation of your poker play. If you are in too many pots with the wrong hands, you will lose a lot of chips and money in the long run.
Don’t be result-oriented.
Live Texas Hold’em is a long-term game. If you make the right decision more often, which is profitable in the long run, you will automatically win. Aces lose 1 out of 5 times from 22, so if you lose with AA, it’s okay to feel bad, but remember that this is not a big deal. So focus on the decisions you make and not on the outcome of a hand.
Live Texas Hold’Em Terms
Blinds: Abbreviation of “blind bets,” which are required bets before the cards are dealt. In Hold’em, blinds take the place of the classic ante.
Burn Card: The card that is dealt closed before a community card is dealt.
Check: Similar to a call, but without a bet already made. If no bet or raise has occurred, the next player may check.
Flop: The first three community cards dealt.
Showdown: When players show their hands to determine who wins the pot.