This article talks about Texas Hold’em only simply because of the fact that it is now the most popular form of online poker worldwide. Likewise if you would enter any off-line casino and sit down on a poker table it is very likely to be Texas Hold’em again. Within Texas Hold’em you have the options of playing tournaments or cash games, limit or no limit. Playing tournaments in usually not very different from playing cash games in terms of the poker rules applied, yet your poker strategy has to be quite different if you ever plan to be a successful player in the future. Further known poker games are Card-Stud, Omaha High/Low, Draw-Poker and Razz where any of these game types would need to be described in a separate article.
My personal point of view is that Texas Hold’em is the most exciting and easiest to learn variation of joker gamimg and therefore ideal for beginners. You get a lot of action and there is a huge number of possibilities to win or lose a hand. A famous saying is: “You only need one minute learn Texas Hold’em but you need your whole life to master it”.
Dealer, hole cards and blinds
The dealer shuffles a deck of 52 cards without Joker. The game can be played with a minimum of two and a maximum of 11 players. The dealer is usually a player himself. The dealer button moves clockwise from round to round. The dealer button is a big chip that lies in front of the dealer. The button also defines the two players that are forced to place a bet (blinds). The dealer also another function: He needs to push the game and make sure that everything is running correctly. He is responsible for the correct bets and that the two players left from the dealer place the small and big blind before the start of every single round. Then each player is given two cards (hole cards) by the dealer and the first betting round is about to start.
The first betting round begins with the player left of the big blind. In the first betting round only the two players with the small and big blind are skipped as their first bets are the blinds. The first player after the big blind is under the gun. What that means is that he is forced to do the first move without having any opportunity at all to gather information from other players.
In poker, there is basically a choice between three
• you give up the hand, also known as ‘fold’.
•’call’, also known as ‘check’ which is only possible in case no betting was done before.
• ‘bet’, ‘raise’ or ‘re-raise’ that means betting any amount in no-limit