Chris Moneymaker, Greg Fossilman Raymer and Joe Hachem, were ordinary citizens who used the Internet to educate themselves about the strategic intricacies of online Texas hold’em, and by virtue of winning an online Texas Hold’em satellite tournament at a canada online casino, found themselves seated at the WSOP.
Let’s look at some of the most fundamental rules players will need to bear in mind while learning to master Poker.
Starting with the basics, it is helpful to know that Texas Holdem is known as a community card poker variation. This means that players will ultimately use some cards that are available to the rest of the players in order to assemble your final hand. At the start up a typical Texas holdem round, one player is and designated as the dealer by having a button placed before him or her on the green felt. This symbolic button rotates with each successive hand, so that the position of the dealer changes accordingly. When playing online, the appearance of the button might differ depending on what poker software the site is using, but the rules are always the same.
Players may ask why it is so important, and the answer is because of the Blinds. These can be defined as mandatory bets that kick off the action at the beginning of each new deal. To the immediate left of the ‘dealer button’ is the Small Blind, and to the immediate left of the Small Blind, is the Big Blind. The big blind is almost always twice the value of this “Small Blind”, and by having these forced bets placed at the very start of the hand, it ensures that there will definitely be some action, no matter what the cards may yield.
There are many books that have been written on the subject of Texas Hold’em that will be very helpful to players.
Players will be dealt two cards, facedown. The dealer will then lay three cards on the board, and these cards are known as the “flop”. Following the “flop” is a fourth community card, known as the “turn”, and then a final community card known as the “river”. Following the revelation of each of these community cards, there is a betting round.
Players have the option to fold their hand at any point during the game. Phil Hellmuth Jr says that a weak player will always play too many hands, while a seasoned Texas Hold’em master will be very selective about which starting hands are worth pursuing.
Two of the most strongest hands that a player can be dealt at the beginning of a Texas Hold’em hand at a top online casino are AA Also know as American Airlines, and AK, which is also known as “Big Slick”. Hellmuths’ personal favourite starting hand is QQ, which he claims is unbeatable when in his possession. Once players have learned about the starting hand, they can move onto poker odds and even more advanced concepts.
If you’re a regular MTT player, and often make it to the final table, you will know that by this stage that luck pretty much takes over from skill, as players are forced to make desperate decisions under the pressure of the escalating “Blinds”.
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