Hold'em

Although most of the concepts and materials apply to any form of online poker, this is not a general poker site it is all about hold'em, a specific form of poker that has achieved popularity in North America and all over Europe. This popularity originated in the no-limit Hold'em championship event held at Bunion's Horseshoe in Las Vegas.

It was initially called Texas Hold'em. The origins are difficult to understand but the game began in the old private card rooms of South Texas. One important characteristics of the game is that it's typically played with ten players. Because each player receives only two unique cards, the other cards are community cards placed face up on the table. You can play as many as twenty-two players if you could get that many around a table. You can sometimes see more than ten at a table in a casino game.

Why Hold'em?

Why should you opt for hold'em as your game and not Seven card Stud poker, Five Card Draw poker, omaha poker or some other form of poker game?

First, the reason is that Hold'em is a simple game than any of the above mentioned poker variations. In Seven-Card Stud you have to pay close attention to the cards that have been played and what was folded. It requires a good deal of memorizing, something which is not easy to do given the pace of the game in a card room, especially for a new beginner. Five-Card draw also requires that you remember which player took how many cards. Omaha requires that you remember that two of the four cards in your hand must be used with three community cards to make your hand. This is rather something confusing in the fast-paced atmosphere of the card room, where players think they have a hand only to find at the showdown that a card on the board or in their hand is not favorable in making their poker hand. Hold'em requires that you know what you have in your two-card hand and how it matches with what is on the board. It does not have discards, folded cards, or anything else to memorize, nor are there irrelevant cards that can cause confusion.

Second, during any particular hand in the Stud the position of the bettor varies with the high hand, however in Hold'em, the position of the bettor does not vary during a hand. If you know that your position will not change, it enables you to play your position to its increased efficiency.

Third, in Hold'em game more players will stay in the game as compared to Stud or Draw. This is mainly because there are ten or eleven players as compared to seven or eight in Stud or Draw; moreover, because of the five community cards, the hands are more competent enough to more players. Because many players tend to stay in the game, it yields larger pots. With larger pots you have good chance to make more money. One winning hand in hold'em can balance all lost blinds and folded hands.

Fourth, it is quicker and easier game than most other forms of poker variations. For example, you can play twenty hands of Hold'em in the same amount of time it would take to play ten hands of Seven-Card Stud. With the faster proceeds of the cards, it gives you lot of opportunities to win the game.
Fifth, it is an enjoyment.

The last time we discusseses different number of Hold'em and Poker strategies. But now it is highly recommended to read (besides this text) Winning Low-Limit Hold'em by Lee Jones, Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players.

Original ideas and concepts presented here are formed while playing in card rooms of Northern California, Northern Nevada, Southern Louisiana and private games in South Texas.

The Internet the source of ideas and a place of improved ideas. There are various Internet newsgroups. Although they stick to poker, pots have ranged in topics from values in first-class cars, to bankruptcy law, to the geography of Europe. It is all about poker, though.

Also, a forum to discuss Hold'em ideas and strategies has been provided with the help of Internet E-mail discussion group. A number of poker-playing associates from the Internet participants and helped tremendously in the ability to make these thoughts rational.

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