Texas Hold’em Poker – Get Ready for Huge Pots!

The world’s favourite poker game is still number 1 at Pacific Poker! And, there’s no time like the present to join the millions of players who are already grinding their way to Texas Hold’em glory. Hold’em is one poker format that needs no introduction…

The game centres around three crucial positions; the Button, the Small and Big Blinds. The Button affords players the advantage of having position on their opponents after the flop – being last to act. This fact makes the Button the strongest position in each hand. On the other hand, the Blinds are the weakest positions at the table as they have to act first after the flop. Learning how to play Texas Hold’em and getting to grips with Texas Hold’em rules is a must if you want to get the most out of this game.

But before we get into more depth about the inner workings of this game that can take a minute to learn but a lifetime to master, let’s look at where it all started.

History of Texas Hold’em

The inception of Texas Hold’em is a little murky. However, the most popular story – and possibly the most credible – states that it was first played in Robstown, Texas in the early 1900s – hence the name. It wasn’t until the seven decades later that Hold’em started to ramp up the charts in popularity, after it was played in the 1970 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Up until then, Stud poker had ruled the poker roost.

Today, Texas Hold’em is the official genre of the WSOP – attesting to the popularity of this game. You’d find it extremely difficult, if not nigh on impossible to find a poker room NOT offering Hold’em games, in some shape or form.

Next time you sit down at a poker table, chances are you’ll be playing Texas Hold'em!

Quick & Easy Guide to Texas Hold’em Poker

Pull up a seat, and let’s play! But, before you start raising all-in, let’s go over a few simple Texas Hold’em rules of the game:

  • A game of Texas Hold'em starts with the Small and Big Blinds posting their forced bets. The Button will have position all players after the flop. 
  • Each player receives two face-down hole cards. The player seated to the left of the BB will act first. They can call, fold or raise,
  • Once the first round of betting is complete, the first 3 of 5 community cards – also known as the flop - is dealt
  • After another round of betting, the 4th community card – called the Turn – is dealt.
  • The final community card, called the River, is dealt after the 3rd round of betting.
  • Betting rounds happen after each deal - you can fold, check, bet, call, or raise accordingly.
  • The goal is simple: You must form the best 5-card hand using any combination of your 2 hole cards and the 5 community cards. You can even ignore both your hole cards and use all 5 community cards to make your hand – this is called, playing the board.

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Keep in Mind:

  • It Takes Brains: Texas Hold'em is a game of psychology as much as it is a game of skill.
  • There's No Shame in Folding: If you feel that you are beat – FOLD. Live to fight another day. This game is all about making good decisions and being able to fold is one of them.
  • Playing Within Your Bankroll: Always play with money you can afford to lose. As you get better and win more, you should be able to up the stakes.
  • Understanding Position: Being in position gives you the ability to control the betting and have the most information on players by being able to act last.
  • Reading Your Opponents: The more information you can get on your opponents, the more you'll be able to beat them. Study the way they bet, how often and how much, as well as their overall style of play.
  • Calculating the Maths: Learning how to play Texas Hold’em by getting a good grasp of basic poker odds calculations, like the Rule of 4 & 2, will help you make the best (profitable) decisions.

 

Just one question remains: are you ready to play?