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Texas Hold'em Poker

Texas Hold 'em is easy to learn and with some experience easy to play. As soon as you know the basics of Texas Hold'em you may play even many of the different varieties. To play Texas Hold'em is easy but to Master it is fairly difficult. The more you practice however, the closer you will get to "mastering" Texas Hold'em.

Strategy of Texas Hold'em

Texas Hold'em has become one of the more popular choices to play at Online and Land Based Casinos. This is one of the only games which are shown on tv on shows and tournaments such as the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker. Experts agree that Texas Hold'em is one of the more complicated games to win even though it is easy to play. Because it is so difficult to master, it is very harsh on beginner players who aren't used to the fast paced poker game. If you win then expect huge prizes but if you lose, expect to lose allot.

Below is the Basic Strategy to follow when playing Online Texas Hold'em.

The Button

The button depicts the dealer. In the Online Poker Tables and in Land Based Casinos the dealer is either the computer or a professional. The button is moved in a clockwise direction around the table after every hand, so that every player gets the chance to be on the button and receive his cards last and bet after everyone else has in every round.

The Flop

When three cards are shown face up on the table this is called a flop. The three cards will serve as common cards.

The Deal and Betting Rounds

The player positioned to the left of the button will begin. Every player will receive two cards positioned face down. These are known as pocket cards. The 2 players position to the left of the button will post the blinds, and then the initial betting round will begin. The player to the left of the button will take the first action and either choose to fold, call, raise. In many of the Texas Hold'em games, the blinds are live, so in the initial betting round players get an opportunity to raise, check or call when their chance comes. So in other words the last player would be the big blind and will be the last to act after the pocket cards are dealt.

The Blinds

In Texas Hold'em there is no ante. Hold'em uses blind bets instead. The two players to the left of the button place the blind bets. The first player will usually place a small blind which is the same as half of the smallest bet, and the 2nd player will place the big blind which is the same as the full min bet. E.g. In a game of $20 / $30 limits, the small blind would be $10 and the big blind would be $20.

The Turn

Next to the flop another card will be placed face up, for a total of four cards. The next round of betting will begin with the player to the left of the button.

The River

A last card is turned face up, which brings the total common cards showing face up to five. The last betting round will begin with the player to the left of the button.


Once the betting is finished and there are 2 or more players remaining, then a showdown will occur. The winner is based on which player has the best hand of 5 cards using each players pocket card and five common cards. It is however possible that the best hand is “on the board,” which will divide the pot into the remaining players. Another possibility is to tie which will result in the players splitting the pot equally.

The button will be moved in a clockwise direction to the next player and the next round will begin.

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Did you Know ? Phil Ivey won $2 million after taking down the 2012 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller event. The American defeated Patrik Antonius heads-up to win the title.




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Last Updated 14 October 2017
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