Hold 'Em Tutorial. Playing Hold 'Em Online

January 02, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Poker Rules

Hold ‘Em Tutorial

Started playing Hold ‘Em? We have a great Hold ‘Em tutorial covering the basics and explaining strategy at the various stages of the Texas Hold ‘Em game.

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Texas Hold ‘Em is the most popular poker game in the world, and playing Hold ‘Em online is as exciting as playing Hold ‘Em live. It’s amazing how the game which was first introduced to Las Vegas in 1967 gained so much popularity over the next few decades. The game’s popularity increased even more in the 2000s due to exposure on TV and on the Web. The no-limit betting form is used in the widely televised main event of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the World Poker Tour (WPT).

Playing Hold ‘Em

When playing Hold ‘Em you get two hole cards. Other players cannot see those cards. Then five community cards are dealt face up on the board. All players can use them to put together a five card poker hand. To form the best possible hand, you can use either both your hole cards together with three of the community cards on the board, or one hole card with four community cards, or simply all five community cards. If you put together the highest poker hand, you win the pot.

Dealer Button
When playing Hold ‘Em online, in order to designate which player is the theoretical dealer in hold’em games, a round disk is used. This disk is called the dealer button or simply “the button”. After each hand is completed, the button moves clockwise to the next active player and this player will be considered to be the dealer, and will act on his/her hand last on each betting round. This is also termed playing the button for that game.

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Playing Hold ‘Em: The Blinds
After the dealer is set, the hand starts with posting the blinds. The two blinds are called the SB (small blind) and the BB (big blind). So player 1 and Player 2 have to post the two blinds.

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Playing Hold ‘Em: The Pocket Cards
After the blinds are paid, each player is dealt two cars, face down, you can see only your cards. These cards are called hole cards or pocket cards. Then the first round of betting follows.

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Playing Hold ‘Em: The Call
Play proceeds clockwise from the blinds where players are free to either fold, call the blind bet or raise. It’s your turn to act. You can either Call, Fold, or Raise. You have an Ace and a Queen, which is a good staring hand, so let’s Call and see what happens.

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Hold ‘Em Tutorial: 1st Betting Round
The first betting round is over, all the chips are being collected in the middle of the table, we are going to the next phase called Community Cards opening.

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Hold ‘Em Tutorial: 2nd Betting Round
The second betting round starts. 3 cards are being dealt on the table, face up. These are the so-called community cards. They are open for all the players to use, along with their pocket cards, making the best possible hand. This is called Flop.

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Now it’s your turn to act. To continue, you need to pay 100 chips bet made before you. In your situation, you hold a with a strong hand, we suggest that you should Call the bet.

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Hold ‘Em Tutorial: The Turn
The fourth community card is being dealt. This round is know as the Turn. From this point the betting doubles. The 4th betting round begins. Since the both blonds have folded, there are only 2 players left – you and the 3rd player. This is called a Heads Up situation.

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Hold ‘Em Tutorial: The Showdown
After the 5th community card is open, bets placed, we are ready for the showdown. All chips are being collected in the main pot, and both players show their cards to determine the winner. Your Full House beats Player 3′s high Flush of Clubs. You win the pot.

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Hold ‘Em Tutorial: Top 20 best starting hands when playing hold’em
01. AA
02. KK KK
03. QQ
04. JJ
05. AKs
06. TT TT
07. AQs
08. AJs
09. AK K
10. KQs
11. ATs
12. KJs
13. AQ
14. 99
15. QJs
16. KT s
17. 88
18. QTs
19. A9s
20. AJ

Hold ‘Em Tutorial: Online Poker Chat Abbreviations
nh Nice Hand
vnh Very Nice Hand
gg Good Going
wp Well Played

Interactive Hold’Em Tutorial
Ready to get a quick feel of the action from playing Hold ‘Em? Make your first steps in the world of poker with this Interactive Texas Hold ‘Em Tutorial!

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