Texas Holdem Poker Introduction

It’s easy to understand, but the strategy that allows you to play at a high level is complicated and extensive. That’s why they say, “Texas Holdem takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. Not least because of the extensive strategies, there are now countless books on Texas Holdem. If you’ve just started playing Texas Holdem, here’s what you need for a successful game.

The rules

Texas Holdem is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. The poker deck distinguishes between four colors (hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades) with 13 cards in each color. The value of the cards starts with two (lowest card) to the ace (highest card). The ace can also be used as the lowest card in certain situations. The value of different colors is the same in poker.

In Texas Holdem, each player receives two cards (called hole cards), face down. These cards can only be used by the player himself. In addition, five other cards face up, the community cards. These cards can be used by all players. This differentiates Texas Holdem from Stud or Draw, two types of poker that were popular in the last century, but are now losing importance. In Texas Holdem there are a total of four betting rounds, with the chips are pushed into the pot, ie in the middle of the table. Each player tries to control the pot based on the strength of his hands. After the last round of betting, those players who are still in the game reveal their cards. The highest hand receives the chips in the pot. With equal hands, the chips are divided among the players who were there until the end. The goal of Texas Holdem is to make the best possible five cards from the two hole cards and the community cards.

Hand valences
Here’s a ranking of poker hands from highest to lowest:

Royal Flush: 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, all in the same suit. For example: Ts, Js, Qs, Ks, As. “Royal Flush” or “Royal Flush”

Straight flush: Five consecutive cards, all in the same suit. For example: 2h, 3h, 4h, 5h, 6h. Six high straight flush or straight flush to six.

Poker: All four cards of a single card. For example: 5s, 5h, 5d, 5c. Four fives or poker

Full House: Three cards from a single card plus two cards from a single card. For example: As, Ah, Ad, Kh, Kd. Full House Aces with King.

Flush: Five cards of the same color. For example: 8h, Kh, Jh, 5h, 9h. Flush with king high.

Street: Five related cards, no matter what color. For example: 4h, 5s, 6h, 7d, 8c, an ace can be used as the highest or the lowest card. Street until 8.

Treble: Three cards of the same card. For example: Th, Td, Tc. Three tens, three of a kind, a set of tens.

Two pairs: Two cards of the same card plus two cards of another card. For example: 4h, 4d, 9s, 9d. Two couples, fours and nines.

A pair: Two cards of the same card. For example: Jd, Js, a pair of Jacks.

High Card: If nobody has hit any of the above combinations at the table counts the highest card, the ace being the highest and the two being the lowest card. For example: 6h, Qh, 4c, 7s, Jd, lady high.

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