How to Play Texas Holdem

Friday, August 6, 2010 posted by sunnyboy 1:06 pm
Liz Lunn asked:

Texas Holdem is currently “the” game to play in the poker world. The rules are fairly simple and so with relatively little information even the newest of players can win a pot or two.

The game works as follows:

Each player is dealt 2 cards face down. Then there’s a round of betting where you can either fold (cast out) your cards believing that they aren’t good enough to win, calling which means placing the appropriate minimum bet into the pot, or raising if you think your hand has a good chance of winning. Once everyone at the table has bet the dealer will place 3 cards face up in the middle of the table. These cards are called “the flop” and are the first of 5 community cards that all players will be able to use in combination with their original cards to make the best possible hand.

Once the flop is shown, there is another round of betting where some players will fold because the flop has meant their hand is not as strong as they thought it was, and others will raise as they’ll now have a better hand than they were originally dealt with. Again, there’s always the possibility to “check” which at this stage means you don’t need to place any more money into the pot, but as with the first round of betting, this is only possible if no-one else at the table has during this round of betting. If someone has raised, then you will need to either fold your hand or “call” which means matching the amount of money placed by the person who raised – or you could raise again if you’re confident that your hand is best.

When betting is completed, then the 4th card, known as “the turn” is placed face up on the table, followed by another round of betting as in the one following the flop. Finally the 5th card, “the river” is dealt face up by the dealer followed by a final round of betting. Once the bets are complete, whoever is still left in the game turns over their cards and the winning hand gets all the money in the pot.

Winning hands:

One of the most important things to learn in how to play Texas Holdem is which hand out ranks another from a 3 high to a royal flush, so in order from least to best the hands are:

Single Card High – you have no pair, no nothing, but you have the highest card of the players left in the game. It’s not unheard of to win with a King or Ace high.

One Pair – a pair of anything, but highest pair wins the hand – your pair of 8s wins over my pair of 4s.

Two Pair – 2 pairs, that could be pairing up your dealt (hole) cards with 2 of the community cards, or if you already have a pair, you could make 2 pair if a pair is dealt in the community cards.

Three of a Kind – also known as a set or trips, you could have 1 or 2 of them in your hand and the others are in the community cards – remember that if you only have 1, it’s possible someone else also has one in which case the other card in your hand (the kicker) will have to be higher than theirs in order for you to win.

Straight – 5 cards in consecutive numerical order of any suit. If there’s more than one person with a straight, then the person who has the highest straight wins – but if both straights are the same, then the pot is split between the players who have the straights.

Flush – 5 cards of the same suit. Simple as that. If more than one person has a flush in any one hand however, it’s the person with the highest ranking flush card that takes home the pot – my Ace high flush will win over your 9 high flush.

Full House – If you get a pair, plus a set – that’s 2 of one card and 3 of another, that’s a full house. It’s a pretty good hand!

Four of Kind – also known as quads – unless there’s a straight flush possibility, or someone else who has a higher set of 4, you are guaranteed to win with this hand.

Straight Flush – 5 consecutive numbered cards of the same suit.

Royal Flush – this is also a straight flush, but it’s as high as it gets (10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace suited) – get this, and you ought to take home the money!

In simple terms Texas Holdem is a poker game where you make the best hand you can from up to 7 cards available – 2 you are dealt with, plus 5 community cards available for use by all players.

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Could anyone transfer me $5 on full tilt?

Thursday, August 5, 2010 posted by sunnyboy 3:37 pm
BillyM asked:

MY ID is Xinnro…Full Time student and no money but I really would like to play poker. I’d ask for less ,but it’s the minimum amount allowed.

Thanks to anyone who obliges..

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Switching From Home Based Texas Holdem to Online Texas Holdem

Thursday, July 15, 2010 posted by sunnyboy 4:58 pm
Michael J Bradley asked:

Online Texas Hold’em has taken the world by storm in the past few years. In case you’ve been left behind, we are going to get you caught up to speed with the world of online texas hold’em poker. I’m going to assume that you have a working knowledge of the game of texas holdem and only talk about the differences between online and offline texas holdem.

There are several major differences between online texas holdem and the texas holdem you’ve played for years at your friends house. First of all, there are no tells in online poker. Secondly, the software interface is one of the most important things in online poker. And lastly, you can always find an online game.

What happened to all of the tells?

There are lots of people that will tell you that there are still tells in online poker. I don’t believe this one bit. They will say that if someone bets quick or slow, you will be able to get a feel for their play. Well, what about internet connections? If someone has a slow connection, they will play intermittently. In other words, sometimes bet slow and sometimes bet quickly. This just isn’t reliable enough, so there are no tells in online texas holdem.

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Stephen Todd asked:

No Limit Texas Holdem Poker Strategy – Say Goodbye to Limit Games and Win more Money

No limit Texas Holdem poker strategy is the key to winning big and you need to employ a very different approach to the strategy used in limit games.

Although the dynamics of the game are essentially similar, with the skill level in no limits games being higher and with the use of psychology you can win more money than in any other poker game.

Here are the fundamental differences and advantages of no limit, compared to limit Texas Holdem:

1. No Limit Texas Holdem Is a Psychological Battle

Limit Texas Holdem gives you small edges over your opponents to exploit, No limit Texas Holdem poker Poker however gives you far a far bigger edge to exploit. In limit Hold’em, “the best hand wins”.

In no limits games though, we have an intense psychological battle where you are essentially playing your opponent, NOT the cards.

It is this psychological battle that is the key one to win in no limit games. If you can do it, you will win big.

2. No Limit Texas Holdem Is a More Skilful Satisfying Game

No limit Holdem offers more tools for a skilled player to use against an unskilled opponent.

Because of the nature of a no limit game, you can use skills such as bluffing, deception and varying bet size, with far greater effect to crush your opponent than in limit games.

3. Initiative and Winning

Taking the initiative means taking control. In both limit and no limit, being on the offensive is more favourable than being the caller, as limit games put a far higher premium on initiative then limit games. The reason for this is that you can make a large bet, or raise, to take control. Because of the initiative factor, betting and raising has much more power.

4. Chip Size

In no limit Holdem, the amount of chips that a person has in front of them, is one of the largest factors affecting play against them. For example, say you have $2000 in front of you and your opponent has $300. You hold an advantage over them. However, if your opponent has $2000 dollars and you only have $300 dollars then they have the advantage.

The size of your bankroll, against your opponents, is a consideration to take into account that is not present in limit games.

5. The Odds Favour the Strong

Limit Holdem poker has very favourable odds, which means that people can call you easily. That results in people running you down with what in many instances stupid hands. This is usually because they don’t really know how to play or that the odds are favourable to do so.

In no limit, you don’t find that this happens due to higher stakes involved. Skilful players take out weak hands quickly.

6. Higher Stakes Means – Bigger Winnings

The big difference with no limit compared to limit games, (where you can make a number of errors and still come out ahead), is that no limits games are not so forgiving. If however, you know what you are doing, you can take an opponent in one hand for his entire bankroll.

No limits games favour the skilful player much more then limit ones do.

No Limit Texas Holdem Poker – Brutal and Profitable!

If you are a skilful card player, then playing No limit Texas Holdem poker strategy offers potential to make big profits.

Sure, it is a brutal unforgiving game, but it allows far more scope, in terms of strategy and gaining a psychological edge, that is just not available in limit games.

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Online Texas Holdem Poker for Beginners

Sunday, July 4, 2010 posted by sunnyboy 9:15 am
Michael Vall asked:

There comes a time in everyone’s Texas Holdem Poker life that they consider playing poker online. The beginner Poker player goes from reading about strategy, reading about online poker rooms until finally they make the ultimate decision – to play online.

Some beginner’s do quite nicely right from the start while others fail miserably and quit playing online altogether. So what separates the winning Holdem players from the losers? Well, just read on and find out.

The best Texas Holdem Poker beginners play only the best starting hands. They have tons of patience and will fold poor starting hand after poor starting hand until they get the cards that they want.

This takes lots of discipline and can be very difficult for a beginner.

The worst Texas Holdem Poker beginners play just about any and every hand just hoping to hit the flop and make a winnable hand. Sometimes they do and that just makes them feel as if their strategy is paying off.

In the long run, these poor players lose many more hands then they win. Needless to say, they lose money. Sometimes they lose a lot of money.

The best beginners incorporate the “second tier” of best starting hands only after learning to play and win with the best starting hands.

The worst Texas Holdem Poker beginners have no concept of best starting hands let alone an understanding of “second tier” poker hands.

Again, the worst beginners play just about any and every hand just hoping to hit the flop and make a winnable hand. Sometimes they do and that just makes them feel as if their strategy is paying off.

The best beginners start out in small stakes poker games. Just about all online poker rooms have very small stakes games. These small stakes games are referred to as micro-limits.

Because the best beginners are smart enough to start out in micro-limit Holdem games, they can effectively practice their strategy while risking very little money. Typically, the players in micro-limit games are poor and the best players can and do win money in these games.

By employing a slow and steady approach, the best beginner players are able to build up their bankroll for when they progress steadily into higher limit games.

The worst beginners play in higher limit games where the competition is tougher and because they play too many hands end up losing money.

The best beginners study the board, see what the best hand is that they have or can make and then assess if they can win. If they have a good hand or have a very good chance of improving, they stay in the game.

If not, they fold and save their money for the next hand.

I bet you know what’s coming – The worst Texas Holdem Poker beginners play too many hands, don’t learn to read the board well and lose money.

Simply put, when you make the decision to play poker online, stick to the best starting hands, read the

board, read your opponents, start out in micro-limit games and you will profit!

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Owe money to Online casino and Poker? Get in trouble?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 posted by sunnyboy 8:50 am
J.K. asked:

I know I shouldn’t have done any of this but I was really stupid.

anyways what happened was, I used echeck’s to deposit into Pokerstars,Full Tilt Poker and Club World Casino. I owe FTP 50, Pokerstar 100, and CWC 300. I think Pokerstars and CWC has my SSN and CWC even has my drivers license number. the echecks were from my prepaid all access visa card so it’s not connected to any bank account. if I don’t pay off the debt, can they get me into trouble? I wasn’t thinking right, when I did this horrible things. I have no money to pay them. Can they report me? or just let it go since this is nothing compared to their daily profits.
well it requires me to put in SSN to make the card in the first place..since its reloadable or something…

and they made me put SSN and stuff wen i deposited.

oh god i am stupid.

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Texas Holdem Felt Layout 72 X 36 – Top Review

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 posted by sunnyboy 9:06 am
Brian Garvin And Jeff West asked:

Texas Holdem is one of the most popular games of poker and the game can be best enjoyed on a Texas Holdem Felt Layout. This is an unbiased review article on the Texas Holdem Felt Layout 72 * 36.

Many television shows has brought about the boom in the world of poker and also with the advent of the “world series of poker” and “world poker tour” people have become very much aware of this game. The game by itself is an interesting one and it is a meaningful way to spend our weekend when there is ample time and work is minimal. Even at the end of a busy day where we do not have enough space to breathe and so many jobs to be done, it can be an ideal stress buster. If simply played as a game it is pure entertainment.

If played in the professional aspect it can be a revenue generator. To play any game of poker we need to have a decent poker table. Many tables are there giving us all the detail and also a click on the web may make us knowledgeable about a particular product. The dilemma which most people face is which table to buy and which layout to use. Even selection of the right table does not solve the problem; the next question which pops up is the need of a good layout.

Again there is a mental fix; it is like finding a needle in a stack of hay. Numerous layouts are available in the market, each boasting about being better than the rest. Many items on the Internet may be misleading and procuring them online can be a mistake. Seeing the size of the table and considering our requirement we should select our layout. What I suggest as the best pick is the Texas Holdem Felt Layout 72*36. It gives you the instant feeling of playing like a professional. This is an absolute portable felt. Being portable it becomes the natural choice of the buyer. This is a better layout for the most popular game of Texas Holdem.

Texas Holdem is widely gaining status as a major game and ESPN’s efforts in making “World Poker Tour” a grand success has added the right buoyancy. The Texas Holdem Felt Layout 72 * 36 independently can sometimes initiate a game, all you need to do is staple it on a home made table and the environment is all set for a poker party. It infuses in us the spirit of innovation and the creative self of a person also gets the much needed punch.

Sometimes friends call us and just tells us that the evening poker party is in our home and we get panicky about how to make it a memorable one because it is not often we get to play the host. Sweat beads should not appear under these circumstances instead we should move into the nearest store of poker supplies and buy the Texas Holdem Felt Layout 72*36, set it on a table and yes the game is about to begin.

You buy that for $24.99 and it brings an end to almost all the worries in hosting a poker party. There are discounts also which can reduce the price of the layout.

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How do you reload your chips @ fulltiltpoker?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 posted by sunnyboy 12:54 pm
hkloa asked:

how can i reload chips to play @ play money tourneys in full tilt poker? and are there poker sites where you can join without entry fees? im poor!

when i go to the cashier and hit the button reload chips, it just says that you cannot reload chips or something like that… this is the first time i played @ full **** poker, and i did not made any account.. is there a way to play for play money without paying any fee?

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Play Texas Holdem

Saturday, June 12, 2010 posted by sunnyboy 12:41 pm
Doyle Brunson asked:

Have you ever watched a poker tournament on television and decided you’d like to play texas holdem in a tournament. Well now you can and you can do it from the convenience of your own home or any other location where you have an Internet connection. When you register for free at a good poker room you can learn to play texas holdem from the experts and practice with other players for free for as long as you want. Then when you’re ready to try your hand at risking some money there are always lots of seats available at the tables. You can play whenever you want for as long as you want. You can play for high stakes or low stakes, the choice is yours.

You can also choose from a variety of tournaments where you can play texas holdem. There are single table and multi-table tournaments with different buy ins and prize levels to choose from. There are also speed tournaments and rebuy tournaments available. New tournaments are starting all of the time so you never have to wait long to get into one. When you play texas holdem online you find that it is just as challenging and exciting as playing in a regular casino. A good poker room will even provide you with the opportunity to win free entries into the big mo0ney tournaments.

Why should you play texas holdem anywhere else? When you play at a top rated poker room you’ll have a secure account and great customer service. You’ll also find that there are many special prizes and other incentives available that rival anything you can find elsewhere. Sign up today and get in on the fun.

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Anyone know some good Internet poker sites?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 posted by sunnyboy 7:04 pm
tawala asked:

I play on bodog, pureplay and sometimes full tilt. Pureplay my favorite has been down for hours. What internet poker sites do you play? I want to try some new ones.

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