Let’s find out how to play Texas Holdem poker properly
Don’t you know how to play Texas Holdem poker?
Texas Hold’em is quite a young game and its exact origin is unknown. It is believed that Hold’em appeared in Texas at the beginning of the twentieth century and is simply called Holdem. In 1925, the game gained popularity in Dallas and soon began to spread throughout America.
Having spread in Texas, in 1967 the game was introduced to Las Vegas poker players as an alternative of the Draw and Stud poker. It is believed that the Holdem name came from the popular in the 50s of the XIX century a variation of poker called “Hold me, Darling”.
How to Play Texas Holdem Poker for Beginners
Texas poker is played with a standard deck of 52 cards, all suits are equal, there are no trump cards, “devils”, jokers, etc. There are 10 combinations that players collect from 7 cards (2 of their own + 5 common in the center of the table).
Players sit around the table and begin to act clockwise. The reference point is the player called the “Dealer”, who in the real game deals cards. The dealer changes with each hand. Two players sitting immediately after the Dealer are called the Small Blind and the Big Blind. These players automatically place bets.
If you just sit down at the table and want to immediately join the game, you will also need to put the big blind to enter the game. Otherwise, you have to wait until the blinds reach you.
Texas Hold’em is played by 2 to 10 players. Tables up to 6 participants are usually called “short”, from 7 to 10 “long”. At short tables, the game is more dynamic and aggressive, because the blinds come faster and there is not much time to sit back and wait for a good card.
In total, in Texas Hold’em, there are 4 stages of the game:
- the game without community cards – Preflop;
- the game with community cards on the table – Flop, Thorne and River.
Texas Holdem Rules and succession of the game
- Each player receives two cards face down (blindly). These are pocket cards. They are also called hole cards. These are the only cards that the player receives individually. Of these cards and community cards that will be dealt with in the next rounds of the game, the player will make a combination of the poker hand.
- The situation when there are still no community cards on the table, and the players have already received their pocket cards, is called a preflop. At this stage, players make their first bets. Or they refuse to continue the game and fold if they see that their cards are not very good. You can accept a bet made before you or raise it if you have good cards. If you raise a bet, players either answer it (call) or refuse to play further – fold. Then the bets are added to the bank and the next stage of the game begins – flop.
- Flop – three community cards are laid out on the table. Now you can make a preliminary combination of cards using your pocket cards and community cards. The second round of betting begins. You can accept a bet (call), raise or fold.
- Thorne – the fourth community card is laid out on the table. Using this card, players can improve their preliminary combination or stay at their previous combination if a new card does not fit.
- River – the fifth community card appears on the table. The last round of betting. Those players who remain in the game open their cards – the showdown – and find out who won. A player with a stronger card combination takes the entire pot. If the combinations are equal in strength, the pot is split between the players.
How to win in Texas Holdem
Now you know how to play Texas Holdem poker so we can go further and talk about tips and tricks that can help you win.
- Do not play all hands in a row. Being a beginner, you are probably eager to play as many hands as possible; however, such aspiration will soon result in a complete loss of the stack. Find out which starting hands are the best and carefully consider which ones are worth playing.
- Do not stay in your hand by inertia. In order to break the bank, just throwing money into it is not enough. Can’t win – fold.
- Study your opponents. Even without taking part in the hand, you should carefully monitor your opponents. Their actions, behavior, and manner of playing will serve you as a good lesson. Even beginners can guess when an opponent is bluffing and when they have really decent cards in their hands.
- Play within your means. Your first game at the poker table with poker chips will not make you rich – but it can be easy to ruin. Choose gaming tables in accordance with your budget and put on them only that amount of money, parting with which you will not go bankrupt.
- Reduce bluff to zero. Bluff, no doubt, plays a significant role in the game of poker, however, beginners lack the skills to effectively bluff. Instead, try to focus on how to place the most profitable and appropriate bets based on the cards you have, and learn to recognize the behavior of your opponents.
Strategies on how to play poker Texas Holdem and win
Poker free strategies are classified by type:
- tournament games;
- ring (cache) games.
The constant growth of the blinds and the associated change in strategic techniques leaves its mark on tournament poker strategies. The main principle of the tournament game is a tight-aggressive approach, during which the emphasis is on a fairly aggressive drawing of only strong poker combinations. In turn, tournament strategies have a clear division into MTT strategies – for multi-table tournaments, and SNG – tournaments organized on the principle of “sit and play.”
The strategy of poker Hold’em for cash games depends on the size of the initial stack. There are three types of such strategies:
- short stack strategy (SSS);
- middle stack strategy (MSS);
- deep stack strategy (BSS).
Texas Hold’em poker strategy with a short stack
This strategy is based on the understanding and mathematical justification of the fact that if the stack is small enough relative to the size of the blinds and bets, a positive result from the actions can be achieved even with a low probability of winning. This strategy is not complicated and can be easily mastered even by novice players.
Moreover, the strategy is effective regardless of the professionalism of opponents and is especially successful against players with a large stack.
Medium Stack Poker Strategy
A more complex version of the strategy that requires knowledge of the basics of poker math.
The difference from SSS is the need for the experience of a post-flop game and the absence of it leads to the appearance of typical mistakes of novice players in the game.
Deep Stack Strategy
The BSS strategy is designed to maximize the profit from the game and is based on a deep knowledge of poker mathematics and a competent post-flop game. Such a game is impossible without knowledge and possession of poker tactics, as well as ways to counter a similar tactical set by opponents.
Free group training BSS + Holdem Manager 2 with an in-depth analysis of the game will allow beginners to get the necessary knowledge and increase the level of knowledge of regular poker players.