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How to start playing Texas Hold'em?

To learn how to play Texas Hold'em, you need to first learn the basic poker hand rank rules.

Then, after reading and understanding the basic Texas Hold'em poker rules and fundamentals, you will be ready to play poker.
Start playing online poker for fun and improve your poker skills at any of the poker rooms free or practice rooms. When you feel you know how to play Texas Hold'em, and you whish to play poker for real money, you will be ready to go. Just remember you don't have to spend allot to get an initial feel for the game. Don't be intimidated, everyone has to start some place.

If you want to take another step forward, try online poker schools with Texas Hold'em poker beginners section and later on Texas Hold'em poker advanced sections.

If you want to participate in poker tournaments, the ideal place to do so is on any of the links we provide in our poker section of Las Vegas Waging. There you can take part in No Limit Hold’em and Limit Holdem tournaments. Some have guaranteed prize pools of thousands of dollars, so for a low-buy in you can win great prizes just for winning the game!

What Poker is all about?

Poker is the world's most popular card game and it is growing rapidly. Originally played on Mississippi riverboats, poker is a game of sharp wits, nerves, and common sense. Some players make their living with math and odds. Other players are extremely good at reading people, being able to tell a bluff from a good hand.
The best players have a combination of all these skills. Internet poker is the most exciting new form of the game. Most people like the convenience of playing from their own home when they're not in Vegas. It's also relatively cheaper than playing in regular poker rooms, which take much more of your winnings in table fees and other expenses.

Internet poker is easy, fast, and has a variety of poker games to choose from: Texas Hold'em, 7-Card Stud, Omaha and others.
Whether you like to gamble or are looking for a relaxing evening of fun, there is a poker game out there for you.

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Texas Holdem - Limit and No Limit games

(A Poker article from the Poker School)

Limit Texas Hold'em is by far the most popular form of poker game played in both brick and mortar and online poker rooms. However, the increasing popularity of the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker has sprung more interest in No Limit Texas Hold'em side games. This poker article will explain the differences between No Limit Texas Hold'em and Limit Texas Hold'em ring games.

Limit Texas Hold'em is a game of patience and odds. Bluffing and semi-bluffing are not very powerful weapons. Big cards are important at Limit Texas Hold'em, and it is in the player's interest to generally bet top pair very forcefully. While an odd hand like a set will occasionally hurt someone with top pair, the losing poker player will not lose a huge chunk of their stack because of it. In summary, Limit Texas Hold'em is a game of maximizing the wins and minimizing the losses over a huge run of hands. Generally, one or two hands will not make or break a session.

No Limit Texas Hold'em stresses psychology and 'big hands' much more so. On any given hand you can double up or lose your entire poker chips stack. Because of this, bluffing and especially semi-bluffing are more formidable weapons. Top pair is not a very good hand at No Limit Texas Hold'em because all it can beat is a draw or a bluff. Thus, it cannot stand heavy action unless you are fairly sure your opponent is drawing. In fact, bluffing is so powerful at No Limit Texas Hold'em that most middle to high poker stakes games go to showdowns less than 20% of the time.

Many Poker Sites currently do not host very high stakes No Limit Texas Hold'em games, and it caps the buy-ins at 50 big blinds. This decreases the 'fear factor' and spurs more action because people generally cannot lose a lot of money in relation to the blinds on any one hand. Because of this, you should not overdose on bluffing when playing. In general, you should make one stab at the pot when you do bluff. On occasion take another stab, but certainly avoid bluffing all the way through a pot. Because the buy-in is fairly small, a river bluff is probably going to be called because the players will be close to all in anyway.

When you begin playing the No Limit Texas Hold'em games, you should adjust your hand selection accordingly. In pots that have not been raised, play more suited connecting cards, since they have the potential to win a huge pot when they hit. Also, play pocket pairs a lot. As long as the pot is not raised too much, almost any pocket pair can be played for its set value. A common way a mediocre poker player will lose his whole stack is when he hits top pair against an opponent's set.

A key difference between Limit Texas Hold'em and No Limit Texas Hold'em is the amount of information you can afford to relay to your opponents. In Limit Texas Hold'em, it almost doesn't matter if your opponents know the strength of your hand in the later stages of the pot. Since the pot is so huge in relation to the bet, you or they will probably call on the river, provided the hand can beat a bluff. If you have top pair and they have a busted flush draw, they cannot bluff you out of the pot on the river at a Limit Texas Hold'em game.

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