A Quick Look & Guide To Poker
Poker is the world’s most popular card game and it has experienced a gigantic boom with the advent of both the internet and the online poker rooms which have provided the World Series Of Poker with many competitors and indeed W.S.O.P winners.
Texas No Limit Hold Em is the world’s most popular form of poker and here’s a quick look at the game.
Best Poker Hands:
- Royal Flush
- Straight Flush
- Four of a Kind
- Full House
- Three of a Kind
- Two Pair
- One Pair
- Highest Card
All In: The No Limit Texas Hold Em war cry is All In putting all the pressure back on your opponent as you shove your chips into the middle of the table.
Bad Beat: A Bad Beat is when you really have your opponent beaten but the luck of the cards run against you and they pull out a miracle win.
Blinds: The chips that are put out at the start of a hand are done so by the first two people next to the dealer so that there is something in the middle for people to play for. The small blind is the first person next to the dealer and the big blind is the second person from the dealer.
Bottom Pair: When you hit the lowest pair on the board.
Check: When you don’t want to bet but want to stay in the hand..
Check Raise: This is a poker betting strategy where you check your hand and when someone decides that they can bet and take the pot you then raise them to let them know you’re taking it.
Drawing Dead: When you’re already beaten but there are still cards to be flipped by the dealer. You may have both hit your flush on the flop but the other player has the Ace high flush, which beats your King high flush.
The Flop: The first three cards that are turned over or “flopped” on the table.
Heads Up Play: Is when there are only two players playing the hand or the tournament.
Muck: When you throw your card away for the dealer.
The Nuts: When you have the winning hand and can’t be beaten.
Tilt: When you have had some bad beats and are playing loose and aggressive which results in losses.
Offsuit: When you have two cards of different suits.
In The Pocket: The two cards that the dealer gives you at the start of the game.
Rake: The casino percentage that the dealer takes out of every hand for the house.
The River: The last card to be turned over by the dealer.
Short Stack: The player with the smallest amount of chips on the table.
Tell: A sign the player gives away such as a smile when he has a big hand.
The Turn: The fourth card to be turned over by the dealer.
Online Poker Tips
The really great thing about playing online poker is that you are always learning about the game while improving your own game with more playing time. I always write about patience being the most important strategy and skill to have in poker whether it is in online poker games or at a real live casino against other poker players in person.
Poker really is a casino game where the more you play the better you get at it. However, there are some things you need to remember when playing online poker for the first time.
Bluffing: Now you may have played some poker at home and may think that you’re pretty good at bluffing. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how good you think you are the person you are playing against may call anything because they don’t know how to play.
Betting: The size of your bet may not be enough to scare them.
The other day I was playing in an online event and had around 80k in chips when the blinds were 1000 and 2000 and raised it to 4000 on what was a very tight table, thinking everyone would automatically fold.
It was my mistake, I didn’t raise it enough and someone who doesn’t know how to play called me.
How do I know they don’t know how to play?
They called with 48 offsuit…the rest of the table folded as I expected
So they took a chunk of change off me and decimated my pretty stack of chips after I hit my Ace and they hit two pair.
A short time later they gave all my chips away to another player, which was rather frustrating to watch but it was expected.
Betting Aggressively: I was trying to convince myself that I should have bet $8000 and they wouldn’t have called…despite the fact they shouldn’t have called the $4000 with 48os.
The most important aspect of this hand that cost me was not the amount I bet but the fact I was very comfortable at the table playing against those players.
So comfortable in fact that I wasn’t concentrating enough to be betting aggressively when the opportunity presented itself. I was just cruising along playing poker without thinking and paid the price.
Now I may well have paid the price with an $8k bet against the bad player but I wont have to beat him in the future. However, I will have to beat someone a few levels better than them to win an online poker tournament and I’ll have to remember to be a little more aggressive when I’m comfortable at the poker tables.