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No Limit Texas Hold 'em Poker Guide

 

Welcome to my No Limit Texas Hold'em Poker guide! Texas hold'em (or Texas hold 'em) is the most popular poker game in the casinos and poker card rooms across Europe and North America. The no-limit betting form is now extremely well known. It is used in the widely televised main event of the World Poker Tour (WPT) and the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The online explosion of poker has also substantially increased the number of poker players in the world. People can use "real money" or "play money" online.

Hold 'em is a "community card" game where each player may use any combination of the five community cards and the player's own two given cards to make a poker hand. This is different to poker variants like draw or stud where each player holds a separate individual hand. Because each player only starts with two cards and the remaining cards are shared between the players, it presents an interesting and opportune game for strategic analysis (including mathematical analysis). Hold'em's popularity and simplicity have inspired a wide variety of strategy books which provide recommendations for play.

Rules

Hold'em rules are quite simple, which makes it a very popular game. Click here to learn the Texas Hold'em rules.

Learn the Rules by Video

Here is a video representation of the rules by American professional poker player Phil Gordon.

 

Playing Texas Hold'em Online

One of the reasons for Texas Hold'em's popularity is the ability to play the game online. By far, the most popular variant is the no-limit betting structure. I can suggest a number of places to play online.

PokerStars

PokerStars is the largest online poker cardroom in the world. PokerStars is the safest, most secure and a very enjoyable place to play poker online. their integrity is "the best in the business", as all player money is secured in a leading European bank and their software uses full 128-bit digital encryption when communicating with servers. Players who play at PokerStars will know they are in good hands. Players not willing to use money can use "play money" absolutely free.

Facebook

Facebook is an extremely popular social networking website, which features Zynga Texas Hold'em poker as one of its applications. Sign up an account with Facebook, add the "Texas Hold'em" application and play with all your friends! Players not willing to use money can use "play money" absolutely free. Facebook isn't just popular for its poker, you can add friends, change your profile, add pictures and interact with all your friends. The free-access website allows users to join one or more networks, such as a school, place of employment, or geographic region to easily connect and interact with other people. Users can post messages for their friends to see, and update their personal profile to notify friends about themselves.

Poker Strategy

Poker strategy is wide and varied. It’s been said that poker is very easy to learn but difficult to master. Mastering any poker game is a challenging and fun goal. Concepts crucial to learning poker strategy are tight play - folding bad hands and playing good ones, aggressive play - consistently betting and check-raising, taking advantage of your opponents’ mistakes and elements of random play.

Avoid Tilt

A meta-skill that is a vital part of a winning player’s poker strategy is avoiding so-called "tilt". Your opponents will use your emotions against you, but only if you allow them to. Emotional play results in lost money and poor decisions. Steaming and tilting can happen to anyone, and sometimes the only cure is a  long relaxing break, especially for a couple of hours. It's fine, the game will still be there in 10 minutes from now. In fact, the game may still be there tomorrow.

Other Poker Tips

Of course, I cannot cover the whole of poker so quickly, because then there would be no masters, only a bunch of people at the top who get lucky and we know that is not the case. Click here for additional poker tips. Good luck at the tables!

 

Posted by Webmaster on Tuesday, December 22, 2009.

 

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