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Texas Hold’em

Many people have watched Texas Hold’em tournaments on television and it looks easy to play. However before you race down to the casino and sign up for a high stakes tournament you need to learn the basics of the game and get some playing experience. PrimeTime Events provides the perfect environment to play Texas Hold’em without the financial hangover. Our professional dealers are well-versed in Hold’em tournament play and your guests get all the action of a Las Vegas style tournament. Let me explain the game and then give you some winning tips to get started.

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How to Play

Texas Hold’em is a deceptively simple game to learn but a harder game to master.Each player is dealt two personal cards and then five community cards are turned up on the board.

You make the best five card hand using any combination of the seven cards. For this example we will use a low limit structure of 1/2.

There are four betting rounds.  You must bet or raise only the amount of the limit for that round.

The Start

To start a new hand, two “Blind” bets are put up or “Posted.” The player immediately to the left of the dealer puts up or “posts” the small blind which half the minimum bet one dollar.

The player to the left of the small blind posts the big blind which is equal to the minimum bet which is two dollars for this game. The rest of the players do not put up any money to start the hand. Because the deal rotates around the table, each player will eventually act as the big blind, small blind and dealer.

The Opening

Each player is dealt two cards face down with the player on the small blind receiving the first card and the player with the dealer button getting the last card. The first betting round begins with the player to the left of the big blind either putting in two dollars to “Call” the blind bet, or putting in four dollars to “raise” the big blind or folding his hand.

The betting goes around the table in order until it reaches the player who posted the small blind. That player can call the bet by putting in one dollar since a dollar blind was already posted. The last person to act is the big blind. If no one has raised, the dealer will ask if they would like the option.

This means the big blind has the option to raise or just “check.” By checking the player does not put in any more money. A rookie mistake sometimes occurs here. Because the blind is a live bet live, the player with the big blind has already put his bet in.

I have seen some players throw their cards in not realizing that they are already in the hand. Another rookie mistake is betting or folding your cards when it is not your turn. You must wait before you act.

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The Flop

After the first betting round is completed, three cards are dealt and turned face up in the middle of the table. This is known as the “Flop.” These are community cards used by all the players. Another betting round begins with the first active player to the left of the dealer button. The bet for this round is again two dollars.

The Turn

When the betting round after the flop is completed, the dealer turns a fourth card face up in the middle of the table. This is called the “Turn.”

The bet after the turn is now four dollars and begins again with the first active player to the left of the dealer.

The River

Following the betting round for the turn, the dealer will turn a fifth and final card face up.

This is called the “river,” and the final betting round begins with four dollars being the minimum bet.

The Showdown

To determine the winner, the players may use any combination of their two hole cards and the five cards on the “Board” (Table) to form the highest five-card hand. In some rare cases the best hand will be the five cards on board. Don’t count on this happening too often. In that case the active players will split the pot.

Texas Hold’em Tips and Strategies

The following are the great beginner Texas Hold’em tips for successful play of Online Texas Hold’em. Tips were put in the “top tips list” and rated by successful Texas Hold’em players.

The first tip suggested by the professionals: Play quick high pairs and very strong hands before the flop, which will put more money in the early pot and encourage weak and nonsense hands to fold and bring you to the easy victory and large pot.

Top winners of the last year suggested not to draw to the low end or both ends of a straight. In case if nine, eight and seven flops, you will resist playing J and 10 and neither 6, 5 nor 10, 6.

Pit boss advises that unconnected cards of medium and low level are usually worthless. This concerns suited cards which can’t flop a straight. Both ends of 9 and 5 straight are in this worthless category too.

This author suggests that it is better to play low pairs cautiously, in order to be on the safe side (66 down to 22). It is worthier to play on the late positions, when the price is reasonable. If the set was not flopped you will be ought to fold.

One of casino masters have told that it is better to play aggressively when you will have a two way draw after the flop. It’s worthy to do if your hand can make a straight and a flush, or trips and you usually bet or rise after this.

The seventh, or the “lucky tip” as it is usually called is to bet an Ace or two high over-cards after a worthless flop, when all the flop is unconnected cards of medium and low rate. If somebody rises at such worthless flop – it’s better to fold.

Watch flops of 6, 7, 8 sort, because they can work our a good straight, which will overcome a high pair and other worthy hand.

Learn all the possible combinations of hands. A worthless flop can turn in a cool hand combined with your pocket cards.

Poker table dimensions are 8ft long x 4ft wide x 2 1/2ft tall and can accommodate 10 players. If players don’t know how to play the game, the dealer will be gladly to teach them.