Welcome to the Gambling City Texas Holdem guide. We figure you’re here for one of two reasons – to play Texas Holdem poker or to learn how – so let’s get right to the point.
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Tournament, Home & Internet Texas Holdem Games
Our comprehensive game guide offers more than the typical Texas Holdem Poker betting rules, strategy and odds pages – though, of course, we’ve got those, too.
Here you’ll find in-depth analyses of everything from Texas Holdem history to starting hands by position, top pairs at the flop, betting rounds and pot odds and social strategies like bluffing and picking up on player tells.
We’ve also scouted online poker rooms for the best Texas Holdem tutorials and instructional aides.
Rules of Poker: Basic & Advanced
Those new to the game (sorry man, we call you newbs) are taught the rules of poker across multiple mediums. Translation: rather than just writing Texas Holdem rules on the chalkboard and crossing our fingers that they stick, we provide charts, graphics, in-game examples and tricks for remembering the must-know info – Holdem poker betting rules and game flow, for example – required in order to rightfully take a seat at the table.
For advanced players, we offer detailed assessments of some of the more nuanced tactical maneuvers of Texas Holdem, among them slow play and semi-bluffing. We also evaluate some of the game’s most famous match-ups, look at its friendliest rivalries and investigate up and coming Texas Holdem big shots in order to adopt and develop techniques to advance your game.
Our teachers’ tool kit is focused on education – providing simple poker betting rules and straight forward instructions on how to play poker – but a focus on entertainment is also part of our appeal. Check out our extensive library of Poker articles, hilarious editorials, instructive bad beat stories and the personal Texas Holdem tales and testimonials of Poker Gambling City readers.
Whether you’re a hands-on learner, have an eidetic memory (look it up!) or are the class clown that had to take his A levels three times before passing, Poker Gambling City’s Holdem 101 course is a bag of poker chips…and a whole lot more.
Put simply, we are the final destination, the must-see site, the world capital of cards, when it comes to how to play poker and playing Texas Holdem – whether online, on land, in tournaments, at freerolls, or with your mates at your regular Wednesday night game.
But before we start with the schoolbooks and flash cards…
Question: What makes Texas Holdem Poker so amazing?
In recent years Texas Holdem has become more than synonymous with poker; in fact, it has become the only poker.
Televised WSOP and WPT tournaments and have amassed international audiences ranging from twenty-year-old hustlers to old school Five Card Draw fans, and neither group can resist the pull of the tourneys’ Main Event – in both cases, a no-limit Texas Holdem final table.
But what makes people turned players, from Bahrain to Belgium, so obsessed with Texas Holdem? Is it the name? Certainly, its arse-kicking association with the U.S. state whose motto is “Don’t mess with Texas” only makes us want to mess with it more. But that can’t be all of it. Is it the rules? Probably not. In truth, they’re not that different than those of Seven Card Stud.
So what is it, then? What makes Texas Holdem hold our attention?
Below, are the three simple answers, as compiled by our Holdem-obsessed editors. Enjoy!
Texas Holdem is great because…
- Holdem is “Easy to Learn & Hard to Master”
True? You bet your Texas Holdem – lovin’ arse!
Holdem appeals to newbies because its rules are simple. Texas Holdem strategy, however, is another story – a very long, complicated, twisted story. It includes but is not limited to scheming, predicting, calculating, orchestrating, attacking and withdrawing. The list of pre- and in-game Texas Holdem tactics is a battlefield blueprint, which is one of the best explanations for Holdem’s popularity.
- Texas Holdem Poker ain’t for slowpokes or stoics
Texas Holdem is a game that crams a lot of drama into quickly played hands. There are only two hole and five community cards, which means play is fast.
It also means that the game has a psychological component – everyone can see five of the seven available cards with which you will make up your hand – that is absent from other poker games (except maybe Omaha); hence, the previously mentioned scheming, predicting, calculating, orchestrating, attacking and withdrawing, all of which contribute to the game’s drama.
- Everyone wins…but good players win more
Naturally, better players win more often. This is true in every game, whether football, Poker or Pac Man. But Holdem – again thanks to the aforementioned strategies – allows players a bigger edge, while newbies typically get lucky, then bold, then lose…a lot.
It’s the latter that keeps the dream alive. Beginners are drawn to the game because it’s easy to learn and they’ve had a bit of luck. It’s also the thing that makes Texas Holdem Poker so seductive…it’s just plain unpredictable.
If you want to impress your Friday night poker friends with your vast knowledge of Texas Holdem history or are hoping to one day win the WSOP but need to shake the nervous tic – a devilish grin and the giggle of a ten-year-old girl – that gives away every decent starting hand you’re dealt, stick with Gambling City. We’ve got the tools you need to win.