By far the most popular poker game in the world is texas hold’em. Everyone can play and the odds of winning are relatively good. The rules are fairly simple so if you learn how to play you can learn to win at a fairly quick pace.
Of all the poker games, let’s talk about the origins of the name Texas. It’s a French words which means “the way”. The best way to describes the game is to imagine a battle in the field. drinkers are usually Santa Claus for the French. Santa would be drinking a weak captain’s choice. That’s the Texan way of saying “I wish I could knock those guys out”.
To play, the two starting cards are dealt to each player. The top card is turned face up on the table. This is the pocket card for the round and the player to the immediate left of the big blind is now the first to act. The player may check if he wants to. If the player wants to bet, the player may put in the full bet which is double the blind. The next player can either call the bet, raise the bet, or fold.
Next three cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. This is the “flop”. The forth card is turned face up. The fifth and final card is the “turn”. The forth card is turned face up. Now there are community cards on the table. There are now competing players.
At this stage in the game, there is an anxious waiting waiting on the player to act. This may be somewhat disheartening. But the Kid is restless and wants to play. The second hand is dealt the third card. This card is now turned over and the final card is face up. There is now a showdown.
Each player plays with the best hand. The high hand wins. The Kid would probably scream when you called his bet, but since you are playing just cards, you can substitute words for the cards. That would be confusing anyway. You called his bet? Was that a good hand? Well, that depends. It depends on what you think the best hand is. In our hypothetical scenario, you are holding pocket queens and the flop is queens, seven, eight… You are holding two live cards, which are the twos that would make the flush.
If the flop is reasonable, you may be able to slow play and get your opponents off their hand. Unfortunately, you did not realize that the flop has improved your opponents’ hands. They could have a royal flush or the best hand which is AK, AQ suited, or as many of the other starting hands.
You will also find that a good deal of the time there are no pairs on the flop. This is particularly true for the middle and higher standards of Vegas88. There may have been aces in the hands of your opponents, but you can beat them if you have a strong kicker.
Finally, the showdown is the enemy of the good poker player. The good player is hoping that his hand will be good enough so that he can escape with his chips to the comfort of his home and the game record. However, the poker sequence is usually the way to go. The Kid raised with a pair of twos. You called with two tens. Now the board has grown lethargic. You want to bet or take it back but the Kid hits his trips. Who is the winner, theapper or the dormouse?