Introduction to Texas Holdem
Texas holdem is the most popular online poker game today. The game, which is also known simply as ‘hold’em’, has become more and more popular since the very first real money online poker room (Planet Poker). The real boom happened around 2003 when Holdem began to be televised. Followed by Chris Moneymaker an unknown amateur qualifying from a $39 satellite on PokerStars, and taking The World Series of Poker Main Event taking home a massive 2.5 million dollars. Players began to flood to the internet and it gave people instant access to play poker. For many it became another form of entertainment and for some even a career that they could take part in from anywhere in the world, including their own bedroom. Before then, people who wanted to play poker had to go to a casino, which was often inconvenient and sometimes frowned upon, but when online players began to win a great amount of money in live tournaments, people soon started to realise that with the growth of the Internet, came the growth of Poker.
We recommend that if you are new to poker then you start by learning the rules of Texas Hold’em before learning any other forms of poker. It is the best way to get a grounding to the game and a lot of the principles you learn from Texas Hold em can be transferred across to the many other variants of poker. There are also different forms of holdem which are explained below. The strategy behind the different forms of hold’em are very different to one and other. Although the dynamics of the game are the same, the strategies significantly change.
Types of Hold’em
The Basics of Hold’em Poker
A round disc known as the dealer button is used to indicate the dealer in each hand. It moves clockwise around the table after each hand. This determines everyone’s position on the table and who posts the Blinds. Although the button does represent the dealer when playing online a dealer will deal cards to the table in accordance to the button.
The blinds in poker are two obligatory bets made by the two first players to the left of the button (dealer). The two players next to the dealer put a set amount of money into the pot before any cards are dealt. The player immediately to the left of the button is known as the small blind and posts half of the minimum bet, the player to the left of the small blind is the big blind and places the full minimum bet. The blind ensures that there’s something to play for on every hand.
The 5 Stages to Playing Texas Holdem