Although no one really knows for sure, Robstown, Texas is officially credited as the birthplace of Texas Hold’em in the early 1900’s. It is also thought that professional card players and gamblers spread the game throughout Texas and the western US.
No Limit Texas Holdem
Texas Hold’em No Limit - The Basics:
No limit Texas Hold’em is an exciting and popular poker card game, with a total of five community cards and two private cards. Each player is required to make the best, highest poker hand they can, using exactly five cards. They may use only one or both of their private or ‘hole’ cards. There is no maximum bet in such a game; each player may bet as many chips as are in front of them at the time. This element creates a game which demands creativity and intense strategy.
Rules of No Limit Texas Hold’em:
One player acts as dealer. This position rotates clockwise after each hand, and is also called the button. This position still rotates even when playing with a permanent dealer.
The two players to the left of the dealer, or button, are called the small and big blinds, respectively. These players must make forced bets before receiving any cards.
Each player is then dealt two ‘hole’ cards, face down.
The first betting round now begins with the player to the immediate left of the big blind. The options are folding (giving up their cards), calling (matching the amount of the big blind), or raising. Betting continues clockwise until finished.
Three community cards are now dealt face up in the center of the table. This is called the ‘flop.’
The second betting round now begins with the first remaining player to the left of the button and continues clockwise. In addition to calling, betting or folding, players may also check if there is no bet in front of them. Checking is basically passing their turn.
A fourth community card is now dealt face up, next to the flop. This is called the ‘turn;’ followed by a betting round.
A fifth community card is dealt in the center of the table, also face up, and called the ‘river.’
A final betting round commences, once again beginning with the first remaining player to the left of the button and proceeding clockwise.
If more then one player remains, all must show their cards. This is called the showdown, and the winner is determined by who can make the best five-card poker hand, using either one or both of their hole cards.
Most professional players follow (and most noted authorities recommend) a tight aggressive approach to online no-limit Texas Hold’em. Players should be fairly conservative about which hands to play; but when they do play, to be as aggressive as they can. Definitely follow the guidelines in the strong (starting) hands section, and also learn how to figure out your odds of drawing cards, at least in common situations for no-limit poker.
Another very important strategic factor is your position in the betting sequence. For example, if you must bet early, you should have a very strong hand or just fold. This is because you have much less information than the players to follow you will. On the other hand, you may be able to play hands that are not quite as strong if you are one of the last to bet. Most experience players participate in more hands from later positions than from earlier positions.
With online no-limit Hold’em, you can see the percentage of hands that play through to the showdowns. Generally speaking, you want games where many players go through to the end. You can also check the statistics and see how big the pots tend to be. If you pay attention to your own positioning, play essentially tight-aggressive, and know your odds (and how to change the odds for opponents by how much you bet), you can win a lot of money with internet no-limit Hold’em.
Strong (Opening) Hands:
The types of hands which should be played (and how played) differ in no-limit games than limit games. The strongest starting hands are still the big pocket pairs, such as A-A, K-K, Q-Q and J-J. Suited connectors are also good for drawing possibilities. An A-K is also still a very good hand, especially if they are suited. However, something like a K-Q or a K-J is much less valuable. Proceed very cautiously with these and be ready to run without investing too much money. With big, unpaired cards, try to take down the pot at the flop. Two exceptions to this rule would be when you think you have someone out-kicked, with a higher un-paired card, and when the flop makes your hand very strong.
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