Learning to Play Casino Poker
I started this series in January 2000 to document my progress as I learned to Play Texas Hold’em in the casino. This series of articles was written as my education progressed. The information in these articles were the basis for my book Get the Edge at Low Limit Texas Holdem.
Texas Hold’em Essentials
Texas Holdem is the most popular poker game in the world. Since you are playing against other players you can get and advantage if you learn to play correctly. Each round of Texas Holdem has a strategy to determine whether you should keep playing or fold your hand. If you are new to the game or want to get better results this information should help you improve your play.
Common Texas Hold’em Mistakes
Making mistakes when playing Texas Holdem can be costly if you make them but they can be profitable if your opponent makes them. Learning to avoid some common mistakes will improve your game and increase your bankroll. Here are some common mistakes that are made when playing Texas Holdem.
Playing Casino Poker
Playing casino poker is quite different from playing in a home game. There are certain procedures and protocols you will need to understand before you sit down to play. Here are ten tips to help you play like a pro.
Texas Hold’em Starting Hands
The most important decision you will make when playing Texas Hold’em is choosing your starting hands. Most players lose because they play too many hands. In order to be a winning player you must be selective in choosing your starting hand.
The Importance of Position
Position is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood concepts of Texas Holdem. Many new players will pay their hand without regarding their position. Not all Holdem hands are playable from every position.
Playing The Flop
Choosing to play a starting hand is the biggest decision you will make while playing Texas Holdem. Deciding whether to continue playing after seeing the flop will be your second biggest decision. It can also be one of the most costly decisions if you continue after the flop with an inferior hand.
Playing The Turn
In limit Texas Holdem the Turn is the turning point in the hand. The betting limits are doubled and you have seen 86 % of your final hand. With one card to come you now have a big decision to make whether to play or fold. A wrong decision could be a costly mistake.
Playing the River
The river is the last community card in Texas Holdem. If you have been playing properly you will not see the river card unless you have a strong hand that is a favorite to win or you have a draw to a winning hand. Once the river card is turned over, you know exactly what you have. Playing decisions on the river are easier than during other round but they do require some thought.
Practicing Poker Online
Some people argue that there is no value in playing free online poker. With the right attitude it can be a useful learning experience. Here are some of the reasons why.