Can you play poker


Poker has grown to be one in the last few years great popularity brought. Big TV broadcasts have made poker socially acceptable.


The card game, once again disreputed as a game of chance, has developed enormously in recent years.

Poker is one of the most varied card games ever and is therefore one of the most popular.

Texas Hold'em

The most commonly played variant in poker is definitely Texas Hold'em or just hold'em. Texas Hold'em is the most popular variant both at live events and in poker rooms such as Pokerstars, Full Tilt or 888.

So that you can play Texas Hold'em at home or in the various poker rooms, you should inform yourself beforehand about the rules of the game, the variants and the options for action. In addition, it is important to follow a strategy in order to play poker successfully over the long term. In this post you will find first of all the basics of Texas Hold'em.

Rules of the game

Before you start playing, you should first familiarize yourself with the rules of Texas Hold'em. At the start of the game, each player receives two starting cards, the so-called "hole cards". Only the respective player can see these two starting cards.

In addition, a total of 5 cards are placed face up in the middle of the table, this is the so-called "board". These revealed cards are community cards that can be used by any player. From these 7 cards, each player must form his best possible hand, consisting of 5 cards. Regardless of whether the player uses both, one or none of his two starting cards.

You can find a ranking of the poker hands here.

So that players not only pass, but also actively participate in the game, there are so-called Blinds (compulsory bets)that have to be paid by each player, depending on their position at the table. The starting point here is the “dealer”, who acts as the giver. Identification for the dealer is the “dealer button”, as there is already a dealer in tournaments and online games who deals the cards. Thus, the person at the dealer button is considered to be the dealer of the cards. The dealer button moves one player clockwise each round.

The position after the dealer must pay the "small blind". So a little one Minimum bet. The next player carries the big blind, the large minimum bet. The big blind is twice the size of the small blind. Both “blinds” are based on the structure of the tournament and often increase in the course of a tournament. In cash games, on the other hand, the “blinds” do not increase.


The different variants of Texas Hold'em

No limit
Pot limit


Options for action in Texas Hold'em

To play and understand Texas Hold'em, you need to familiarize yourself with the different courses of action of this game familiarize. But what is actually meant by options for action? The options for action are opportunities to actively participate in the game. There are possibilities that are available to every player, of course only when it is that player's turn.

In poker you have it with you following options: "Fold", "Check", "Bet", "Call" or "Raise"

Which option can be exercised in the end also always depends on the action of the previous player. This action has an influence on the possible options for action. The player always has the option to "fold". With a "fold" the player gives up his hand and thus foregoes further options and the possibility of winning the pot.

If no one has placed a bet beforehand, a player has the option of either checking ("checking") or betting ("bet"). If a player has made a bet beforehand, the player can fold ("Fold"), call ("Call") or increase the bet again ("Raise").

In the case of a "call", the previous player's stake must be paid, i.e. the same stake must be made. In the case of a "raise", the player's stake must be increased again.


Process of a hand in Texas Hold'em


Community Cards (Flop)

At the beginning each player receives his two starting cards "Hole Cards". After all players have seen the cards, they must decide whether they want to “call” or “raise” the big blind. A "fold" (pass) is also possible.

The player to the left of the big blind starts the round. This player has the options just mentioned and can now decide how to proceed. As an example: If the big blind is € 10, the player has to pay € 10 if he wants to call. If he wants to raise, the stake must be at least € 20.

The bet structure can differ depending on the game variant Limit or Pot-Limit Hold'em.
This process continues for each player until all players who have not passed have made the same bet. Only then can the game continue with the "flop".

The flop

The first three cards, the flop, are now placed in the center of the table. These are the first three "community cards" (Community cards). Now the betting round begins again. The player to the left of the dealer button begins the action. The betting structure is similar to pre-flop betting. But in addition, the players now have the opportunity to "check". Here the action is passed on to the next player. However, this only works if no stake has been made beforehand.


If all players have made the same bet again, the turn follows. The fourth community card. Now another betting round follows. The player to the left of the dealer button begins the action.


When all bets have been made again, the river is turned over. This is the fifth and last community card. Here, too, the player sitting to the left of the dealer button begins again with the bets. The same rules apply to the river as to the flop and the turn.


Have everyone made their bets it comes to a showdown. The player who last bet or raised shows his hand first. If no bet was made in the last round, the player who sits to the left of the dealer button shows his cards first. The player who can form the best five-card hand from his two cards and the 5 community cards wins. Should several players have an equivalent hand, the pot will be divided evenly among these players.

When the pot is dealt, a new hand begins. The Dealer button turns clockwise pushed one player and the blinds are paid back into the new pot. Now the cards for the new round are dealt to all players.

The process for No-Limit, Limit and Pot-Limit Texas Hold'em is the same. However, there are differences in the size of the possible stakes. In No-Limit Hold'em, you can bet all your chips at any time and go all-in with them. With pot limit and limit hold'em this is only possible to a limited extent.


Texas Hold'em strategy

  • Cash game vs tournaments
  • Differences between game variants
  • limit
  • No limit

More game variants

  • Omaha
  • Omaha Hi / Lo
  • 5 card Omaha
  • 5 Card Omaha Hi / Lo
  • Courchevel
  • Courchevel Hi / Lo
  • Stud
  • Stud Hi / Lo
  • Razz
  • Five card draw
  • 2-7 triple draw
  • 2-7 single draw
  • 8-game mix
  • Hold'em / Omaha
  • Triple stud
  • Badugi


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