Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular forms of poker in the world, along with Omaha. This legendary game, which became fashionable in the 70s, stands out for its easy comprehension, its acceptance, the number of tournaments available to play in the main poker rooms and its attractive jackpots due to the number of players who play this game. It is a card game that was first played at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas and became popular in 1970 when it appeared in the first Word Series of Poker (WSOP).
In this article we are going to explain everything you need to know about Texas Holdem. We look at how to play Texas Holdem Poker, what Texas Holdem Poker order to follow, how to calculate Texas Holdem Poker Odds, game values, winning hands and strategies for Texas Holdem Poker. Read on to learn more about this popular form of poker!
When it comes to answering how to play Texas Holdem Poker there are several things to keep in mind, first and foremost. First and foremost – and very important – is the number of players. And, depending on the number of players, we will find one variant or another. These are:
The number of players in Texas Holdem Poker usually ranges from 2 to 9 people. Knowing this is essential to know how to play Texas Holdem but also to plan your strategy. Another thing to consider is whether it is a No-Limit, Pot-Limit or Limit game. Generally, the most popular form of Texas Holdem Poker is No-Limit, so the type of bets you place will depend on this:
The next thing to keep in mind when learning how to play Texas Holdem is the rules and how the games are played. Although it is a very simple game, it is important to pay attention to these (Texas Holdem Poker rules) in order to win your games and make a profit.
It is therefore essential to know what the blinds are and what their function is in poker. The blinds are compulsory and are so called because the player bets without having seen the cards on the table. The blinds can be big or small and are used to make the game more dynamic. The first player to the left of the dealer posts the Small Blind, which corresponds to half the minimum bet, while the player to the left of the dealer posts the Big Blind. The Big Blind is equal to the small or minimum bet set at the start of the game.
Once the blinds have been posted, the dealer will offer two cards face down to each player. The game, as mentioned above, consists of a total of four rounds of betting until the showdown in poker – or final showdown, when the players show their cards. At that point, each player will have a total of 2 private cards and 5 community (shared) cards with which to make their final 5-card hand. The 5-card combinations can be made with both cards in the hand, one card in the hand, or none of the cards in the hand – in which case all community cards are used.
The steps to play this form of poker are as follows:
As explained in the previous point, the order in Texas Holdem Poker is a function of the blinds and the dealer. Thus, the first two blinds – small and big – are posted by the player immediately to the left of the dealer (small blind) and the player to the left of the small blind (big blind). The player to the left of the Big Blind will be the first to start the betting round – or fold – during the preflop stage, after the two private cards have been dealt. Depending on whether or not the remaining players call or fold, a total of 4 rounds can be completed. These are (in order) the preflop, the flop, the turn and the river. At the end of the River (5 card community) the Showdown takes place immediately.
After explaining how to play Texas Holdem Poker and seeing what the order is in Texas Holdem Poker, it is important to analyse which are the winning hands in Texas Holdem Poker. You should keep the following in order to build your strategies:
Texas Holdem Poker values are also related to Texas Holdem hands or combinations. In this case, we want to focus on chip values. These are the most appropriate and accepted chip values according to their colours – usually when there is not so much in play:
In bets where more money is at stake, chips can be in other colours such as brown (€5,000), light blue (€2,000), maroon (€1,000), etc.
Knowing how to count cards in Texas Holdem Poker can make the difference between a good player and a mediocre one. By learning how to count cards, one will be able to know what the odds are in Texas Holdem Poker for a specific hand. To learn how to count cards in Texas Holdem Poker you must first of all know what outs and odds are. Outs are the cards in the deck that complete your hand, while odds correspond to the odds of hitting an out. Having clarified this concept, consider the following:
In Texas Holdem, the calculation is as follows: Odds = Outs / possible cards. Now, to learn how to calculate odds in Texas Holdem Poker, it is best to look at an example. Imagine you have a hand with 5 and 7 of hearts and a flop of 1 of hearts and 8 of hearts + a card of another suit. Your draw, in this case, will be a flush draw because there are still two more community cards to be revealed on the turn and river. Considering that the deck has a total of 13 hearts and that two of them are in your hand and the other two are on the table, then there are 9 cards left that can help you make a flush hand. These nine cards are the outs. Now, to calculate your odds, what you need to do is as follows:
In other words, what you would have to do in this example above is to calculate it for the turn round. To do this, bear in mind that the deck has a total of 52 cards and that you already know 5 cards (2 private and 3 community cards). The odds in Texas Holdem Poker, as a percentage, would be calculated by dividing the 9 outs by the 47 cards you don’t know. This would give you a result of 0.19 or a percentage of 19% that the next card to appear would be one of hearts.
Although we have already mentioned several concepts that you can apply to your strategy, at this point we want to give you some Texas Holdem instructions that can be very useful to make your strategy stronger. Take a look at the following:
These are the most common poker table games (they are not tournaments). Each player sits at the table of his choice as long as there is room. In this game, two-player games are very aggressive and multi-player games are slow and boring, as it is more difficult to get the projects and few people call or raise because it is easy to see who has the best cards. We recommend that you consider the following Texas Holdem instructions:
If you’re in the big blind you have the advantage of seeing how everyone else is betting. In the event that only one player enters the hand, what we recommend you do is to double up and do it aggressively. It is possible that the small blind will fold. Keep in mind that this is a basic poker strategy, which means that players will raise the big blind even if they have a small hand. So look to see if when they raise, they raise minimally or not. In the former case, you have a clear indication that the player does not have good cards.
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