In Texas Holdem, players are dealt two down cards as their personal hand (hole cards). After the first round of betting ends, the dealer burns the top card and deals three board cards face up (called the flop) and another round of betting occurs. The next two board cards dealt are turned one at a time, with a round of betting after each.
Holdem poker, more commonly known as Texas Holdem, is indisputably the most popular poker game out there. It’s my personal favorite, as it’s a great combination of skill, knowledge, probability, and luck. Its truly a fantastic game, and I suggest that you at least give it a try it’ll be well worth your while.
This will deal with all the basic strategies for that great game we all know and love, Texas Holdem. We’re going to be separating this into two sections: limit Holdem and no-limit Holdem. The reason behind this is that there are a few key differences between the two games. You can be an amazing limit holdem player, but be terrible playing no-limit.
While Texas hold’em has been the biggest benefactor of the poker boom, it hasn’t been the only one. A similar variant, Omaha hold’em, previously obscure among casual poker players, has also seen a major rise in popularity. Many people have picked up the game because of its resemblance to Texas hold’em, but they soon find out that there are several significant differences between them. Omaha hold’em often provides more ‘action’ (more betting and bigger pots) than its Texas form, is frequently played as a hi/lo game (more specifically Pot Limit Omaha, Hi-Lo), and narrows the gap between beginner and expert.
The term ‘poker Bible’ is bandied about frequently these days. While it is usually used in reference to Super System, written by Doyle Brunson and other distinguished poker players, one volume cannot properly cover all variation of poker, much as the Judeo-Christian Bible cannot cover every world religion. Small Stakes Hold ‘em: Winning Big With Expert Play by Ed Miller, David Sklansky, and Mason Malmuth serves as my holy text when it comes to poker. I play mostly 3-6 and 4-8 limit hold’em, games popular among casual and … well, let’s just say ‘less wealthy’ players. Though I cannot cite exact numerical proof, I am certain that this book has made me a winner at these levels.