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Texas Hold'Em Tips for The Beginning Player

Jul 9, 2008
Texas Hold"em is the best poker game to get started with because you can learn the rules of the game in a few minutes. One of the most important Texas Hold'em tips is that you learn the jargon of the game. Some of the terms commonly used in this poker game are:

Blind: This is the forced bet that takes the place of the ante. The person seated to the left of the dealer must pay the small blind and the next person must pay the big blind.

Board Cards: These are the cards the dealer places in the middle of the table that all the players can share. They are often called community cards.

Draw: This refers to hoping to improve your hand by the board cards as they are placed on the table.

Flop: the First three cards the dealer turns face up on the table.

Implied Odds; This means that if you are successful at improving your hand in the draw, there are implications you will place a bigger bet.

Limit Poker: In this type of game there is a limit on the amount of bets players can make.

Outs: Cards that can improve your hand.

Pot Odds: The odds you get when you are drawing.

Preflop: This is the first round of betting after you receive your first two cards.

Turn: The fourth card dealt face up.

River: The fifth and last card dealt face up.

When you start playing Texas Hold'Em, always start off with low limit games. This way you gain experience, but you won't lose a lot of money. Beware of highly aggressive tables where the players are placing high bets. There is a very good chance that these are expert players and the bets are quite high, so you could lose a lot of money before you even get started. The best advice is to look for games where at least one-third of the players see the flop and play their hands loosely.

Learning to anticipate what the other players are holding is a good strategy to use when playing Texas Hold'em. At the same time you have to evaluate the strength of the cards you hold in your hand. It is perfectly acceptable to bluff and there are situations where it will work well for you. If you usually don't bluff in a game, then players will not expect you to. This could work to your advantage when you don't have a good hand, but when you bet as if you do, the others will fold. It will also work when you are known to bluff and lose. If you have a good hand, you can bet in the same way leading your opponents to think you are bluffing. They will keep matching your bets in an attempt to take all of your money. In the end you will have the best hand and therefore win a large pot.

Don't play the same way all the time. If you do your opponents will be able to anticipate your every move. Vary your play in different hands, folding sometimes and calling both before and after the flop.
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