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Playing Texas Hold 'Em Poker

I'm not sure if Texas Hold 'Em Poker did originate in Texas, but all I know is that it's played in all US states and even worldwide. So don't be left out.

If it's your first time to be playing poker it may help playing the Texas Hold 'Em Poker. This is the easiest to learn and most fundamental poker game. Here are the basics to playing the game, plus some additional tips to give you a little bit of an edge.

PLAYING TEXAS HOLD 'EM POKER:

First, the two players to the left of the dealer place 'blind' bets to the 'pot' to ensure that there are some money to be won. The two players place these bets 'blindly' or without seeing any cards yet. The first player places the 'small blind' and the next one placed the 'big blind.' Then, the players are dealt with two faced-down cards called 'hole' or 'pocket cards.' And then the 'pre flop' betting begins (There are four rounds and every one takes turns clockwise.). The first to bet is the player to the left of the last bettor or the big blind bettor. In betting, the player can either 'call' or match the previous player's bet, 'raise' or increase the bet, or 'fold' or invest no money and give up his cards and the wager. IF the first bettor 'raises' from the big blinds bettor's bet, then the big blind bettor cannot 'check' but rather, call, re-raise, or fold. The remaining players then takes turns betting, calling, re-raising, or folding.

Next, the dealer places 3 faced-up (random) cards in the middle of the table. These are called 'community cards' (a total of 5) because all the players can use these cards to combine with their hole cards to make their 'hand' of five cards. Then the second round of betting begins (called the flop).

Next, the dealer places the 4th community card, and the third round of betting ensues (the turn).

The dealer places the 5th or last community card, and then the last round of betting (or the river). The player whose hand is the highest in the 'rank of hands' will win the total 'pot money'.

IF in the end there are two remaining players, then there will be a 'showdown' wherein the players will reveal their cards. The one with the highest ranking hand wins; But if they have equally strong cards, then they share the pot equally.

So far, that is how the Texas Hold 'Em Poker works. But how the luck are you going to be winning it for sure? Some of these tips might prove helpful:

Watching the chips - play more carefully against those who have more chips than you do so you don't get knocked out; Waiting - play your fewer hands when you're one of the firsts to be safe from the nest higher raises; Patience - act slowly, take your time thinking what your opponents might have and interpreting how the betting have gone; Being a strong 'bettor' and not a 'caller' - bet aggressively if you have a sure good hand; (But) Attention - to whoever is playing aggressively, loosely or tightly - prefer playing the loose players, if you have a strong hand, then battle the tight players.

Note: There may be more tested but secret Texas Hold 'Em Poker strategies not mentioned above. Hint: You will have to learn them. Play Texas Hold 'Em Poker NOW.

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