POKER VARIANTS

Texas Holdem Poker

 

Texas Holdem is the most popular and well-known variant of poker and also the simplest to learn.

How to Play

A player is dealt two ‘hole’ cards, and then 5 community cards that all players share which arrive in a specific sequence: the ‘flop’ (3 cards at once), the ‘turn’ (or ‘fourth street’) and the river (or ‘fifth street’). A round of betting ensues after each of the four rounds: pre-flop (when each player has only their two face-down pocket or hole cards), flop, turn and river. Once all betting is completed there is a "showdown" where the best hand tabled by a player will win the pot. Check the below mentioned strategies on How to Play Poker and enjoy playing this game online.

Rules & Strategy

Only play strong poker hands that will stand a raise or multiple raises, from early betting positions.

Play medium strength and other playable hands from the later positions if you have a good chance of seeing the flop at a reasonable price.

Play strong high hands most of the time, and play them very aggressively.

Be ready to fold your high pair if you get a lot of action with a threatening flop.

Fast play high pairs and very strong hands before the flop. This puts more money in the early pot and encourages weak and garbage hands to fold that could get a lucky flop and beat you.

Unconnected Medium and Low Cards are Usually Unplayable. This includes suited cards that can't flop a straight.

Play starting low pairs cautiously, say, 66 down to 22, usually not from an early seat and from the late positions, only when the price is right. If you don't flop a set or quads you should usually fold.

Play aggressively when you have a two way draw after the flop. If you can make a straight and a flush or trips etc., usually bet/raise your hand.

Watch out for uniform flops, like 8 7 6, they can easily turn into straights that can overtake your high pair or other good hand.

Beware of Suited Flops that can make a completed flush. In this case, you should usually hold the nut in that suit, or have trips or two pair that can fill up.

Bluff once in a while as mixing your play is quite important. You win pots that you don't deserve when your bluff works. You lose a few chips when it doesn't work but it will get you calls from weaker hands down the line when you have a strong hand.

Study your opponents, especially when you are not playing hands and can pay careful attention. Look for "tells" that disclose information about their hands etc.

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