Texas Hold'em

Texas Hold'em is a poker game with relatively simple rules for two to ten players.

Basics

The object of the game is to form the best poker hand by the combination of the five community cards and two hole cards. Here are the basics of Texas Hold'em:

  1. The dealer. The cards are dealt from the position of the dealer which moves further along each new round in a clockwise direction before the start. The so-called "dealer button" (a disc marked with the letter "D") indicates which player currently is the dealer. In online poker, the software deals out the cards automatically instead of the dealer.
  2. mandatory bets / blinds. To begin the game of Texas Hold'em, the player left of the dealer puts the "small blind" (usually half the minimum bet) and the player to his left puts the minimum bet called the "big blind". This gets the pot started and creates an incentive for the other players to make further bets. The mandatory bets are called "blinds" because they must be paid before the cards are visible.
  3. Dealing out. After the mandatory bets were made, all players will receive two cards from the dealer, also called "pocket cards" which are visible only to the player who gets the cards.
  4. Stakes. After all Texas Hold'em players have received their two pocket cards, betting starts. The player left of the player who placed the big blind is first in line. Depending on what's happened before in the round, a player can put down his cards ("fold"), do nothing ("check"), call, increase (“raise”) or re-increase (“re-raise”) depending on the limits and table stakes played with. A round can run several times around the table when players raise and continue to re-raise. It is finished when all players have either called the last bet or have folded their cards
  5. The flop. Next comes the flop where three community cards are placed face up on the table. This is followed by another betting round.
  6. The Turn. On the turn, a fourth community card is turned up next to the flop. The third betting round then follows
  7. The River. The final community card called River is revealed after the turn. Now comes the final round of betting
  8. The showdown. After the betting rounds comes the showdown. The remaining Texas Hold'em players in the game now compare the poker hands that could be formed by a combination of their two hole cards and the five community cards. The player with the strongest hand, thus the hand with the highest value wins the pot. It may happen that the poker hands of two or more players have the same value or that the best hand results from the five community cards. In these cases, the relevant players split the pot (split pot).
  9. The next round of betting. After the pot is distributed, the Dealer button moves (clockwise) one position to the left. The players left of the new dealer put blinds so that the cards for the new round can be dealt

Poker variants

  1. Texas Hold'em Texas Hold'em is the most popular casino card game in the world. The game rules are indeed easy to learn but every professional poker player will tell you that there are thousands of poker hands - and thus it takes a lifetime - to get really, really good. At the beginning of a round each player is dealt two pocket cards. Following a total of five community cards are dealt face up on the table. All players must make the best poker hand of five cards from these cards and their hole cards.
    One of the variations of Texas Hold'em is "Limit Texas Hold'em" in which the height of the stakes is fixed for each game and for each betting round. In "No Limit Hold'em" however, there are no such restrictions and players can bet all of their chips at any time. In "Pot Limit Texas Hold'em"you can bet at most as much as is already in the pot and in so-called "Mixed Texas Hold'em" games, the game switches in each betting round between Limit and No Limit Hold'em.
  2. Omaha Omaha is a poker variant derived from Texas Hold'em that has quickly become popular in Europe and the USA. All players receive four hole cards and must now form the best possible poker hand out of two of their pocket and three community cards. (Unlike Texas Hold'em, players may ONLY use a combination of two pocket and three community cards.
    For Omaha players who like to play poker to a bigger pot, there are several forms of "Omaha Hi Lo" poker variants. The rules of Omaha Hi Lo are the same as in the conventional variant of Omaha but with the difference that the pot is split in a betting round between the highest and the lowest hand.n " Limit Omaha Hi Lo" the size of the stakes is specified for each game and for each betting round. With "Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo", a player may bet as much as is already in the pot, whereas the player at any time can bet all of this chips in " No Limit Hi Lo". In " Mixed Omaha Hi Lo" the game switches in each betting round between Limit and Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo.
  3. Other poker variants In addition to Texas Hold'em and Omaha poker, there are many other poker variants which are becoming increasingly popular - in private rounds at home as well as at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Here are some of the world's most popular poker games and its variants: Stud Poker - Every player gets a combination of hidden and open cards. There are several betting rounds. The most common variations of stud poker are "Seven Card Stud" and "Five Card Stud". Draw Poker - Each player is dealt cards for a complete poker hand which he conceals in his hand. The most common variant of draw poker is "Five Card Draw". HORSE - This version is a combination of Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi Lo, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud Eight or Better. Each game consists of a fixed number of betting rounds, until the next game begins. Razz - Razz is a variation of stud poker. In this variant, however, the player with the lowest hand wins. The best possible hand in Razz is therefore involves the cards 5, 4, 3, 2, A, together also called "Wheel". On the pages with the rules of Texas Hold'em and Omaha you can find more information on these popular poker variants.

Poker Rules

Many poker variants have similar rules. All players try to use the cards they hold in their hands - also known as "pocket cards" - to form the best possible poker hand.
At 1x2-bet poker the most popular game variations this category are offered: Texas Hold'em and Omaha Poker. More information on the two variants can be found on the pages with the rules of Texas Hold'em and Omaha

But there are also some unwritten poker laws, a kind of poker etiquette that should observed when playing poker. Whether you play for fun in online poker tournaments or at live events (such as the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas).

Compliance with these rules will make you a better player that others will always be happy to join at the table again.

  1. 1. Never (in the chat window) disclose what cards you have on hand. You can thereby give an unfair advantage to players or ruin the pot for other players. (Some online poker rooms and casinos even impose penalties when players reveal their cards during a game round.)
  2. 2. Rather say too little than too much. While it is not contrary to the official rules of poker to criticize other players (in chat), though it can bring about that you will not be invited to the next tournament. Also do not say anything about hands that you DON'T play. Otherwise you would have to face consequences, as many online poker rooms consider this as a form of fraudulent interaction.
  3. 3. Don't complain (in chat) about a poker hand if you have already folded your cards for the betting round. It's best to always stay calm and serene: Give no comments to the pot, the hands or the community cards. Otherwise you may give other players an unfair advantage.

Poker probabilities

The fact is that players who win are familiar with poker probabilities.

So if you want to be one of the winners in long term, you should be familiar with the chance to win a hand for most - at best all - possible game situations. Whether, during the first round of betting, at the "Turn" or the "River", probabilities play an important role in every phase of the game.

It may be a little confusing at first to deal with the statistics and probabilities for a particular poker hand. But after you've played a few hands with friends or in the practice room of 1x2-bet Poker, you'll have internalized rapidly which hands you play and what you better should fold

The first thing it is to be understood in terms of poker probabilities, is that this game has nothing to do with "luck". Of course beginners sometimes win a big pot. Nevertheless, there are good reasons why long-standing poker players and poker pros regularly finish their game "in the money": They understand poker probabilities very well and therefore know which hand is the right choice in which situation

Experienced players are also aware that poker is an ongoing learning process and not a stringing together of individual rounds. They are also able to calculate the "pot odds" during a game. The pot odds is the ratio between the stake and the current size of the pot. Are, for example, $ 500 in the pot and you have to call 50 dollars to stay in the game, the pot odds is 10:1

In addition to the pot odds professionals calculate so-called "implied odds", so to speak a forecast of subsequent stakes. This form of poker probabilities also has an influence on whether a player folds his cards in the next round if he does not get the desired hand. Thus, if a player is familiar with implied odds, he will not unnecessarily bet money if the probability is low that the hand is improving and he can win money if he gets the desired hand

Poker Tips & Tricks

You're new at poker and want to improve your skills at the game? Here are some tips that you should keep in mind when you sit at the table

Remember: You do not have to play every hand! Many new poker players feel the need to participate in each round. This is not the case. Take the time to analyze your pocket cards, your position at the table and of course your opponent. Also attempt to assess your chances of winning. If you believe that your chances of winning are not very good, you should not hesitate to lay down your cards. Playing more does not always mean that you have more chances to win!

Pay attention to your position at the table! How to play a certain hand in poker depends from your position at the table in relation to the dealer position. Count the spaces between you and the dealer button. Start at your place and then go counter-clockwise to the right. Is there a high number of places in between, then your place is called "late position" which means you have the chance to observe the actions of your opponents before you are in line. Is there a small number of places, you find yourself in the "early position" which means that you must act before your opponents. Depending on playing style and pocket cards in a certain round, both positions can be beneficial.

Watch your pocket cards! From a deck of 52 cards, a total of 1,326 different variants of holdem starting hands with 2 cards each are possible. Within these two-card combinations there are 78 pairs. Keep these probabilities in mind when you are thinking about how you should keep complete your hand best. Think of these combinations with respect to your table position and the actions of your opponents. You do not have to play in each round to play poker successfully. Use you pocket cards as the basis for elaborate choices when it comes to whether you take part in the betting or pass (fold) in the round.

Think first, then act! Have you completed your hand? Or are you still hoping that you could get a better hand through another card ? Observe your opponents. Do you think that they have completed their hands? Or do you let your opponents believe that you already have a full hand? Which hands could you beat? And what hands would beat yours? Think about these three questions before you act in a poker game

Learn how and when to act! If it's your turn to bet, you should weigh the bet size relative to the size of the pot and the strength of your hand. Before you call and / or raise, you should have compared the potential odds of winning to the risk of loss. Depending on the style of play and the situation at the table it may be better in the long term, to win more small pots than to risk losing your chips in a single bigger pot.

Handle your image at the table ! Remember that you will evaluate the playing style of your opponents, on the other hand, however, you also are observed by them. Every time you take a seat at a poker table and play, you do have an a certain image there. Depending on how you play, this could affect your table image and your chances of winning in a poker game. Each time you participate in a round, you are being watched and analyzed by your opponents. Note how often you raise and call and remember that repetitive actions such as aggressive raises, manifests itself at the table. Also have in mind that you also have the option to muck the cards. Sometimes it is obviously beneficial to show one's cards. On the other hand, this tactic also can be disadvantageous. You have control over what your opponents see. In poker, it 's not just about seeing through other players but also about how to present yourself.

Omaha Poker

Omaha Poker (also called "Omaha High") is a poker variant with relatively simple rules for two to ten players. The object of the game is to make the best poker hand by combination of two of the four dealt pocket cards and three of the five community cards. Here are the basics of Omaha poker:

The dealer. The cards are dealt from the position of the dealer. The so-called "dealer button" (a disc marked with the letter "D") indicates which player currently is the dealer and moves before the start of each new round of betting in a clockwise fashion. In online poker, the software deals the cards automatically instead of the dealer.

mandatory bets / blinds. To begin the game of Texas Hold'em, the player left of the dealer puts the "small blind" (usually half the minimum bet) and the player to his left puts the minimum bet, called the "big blind". This gets the pot started and creates an incentive for the other players to make further bets. The mandatory bets are called "blinds" because they must be paid before the cards are visible.

Dealing out. After the mandatory bets have been made, each player is dealt four cards by the dealer, also called "pocket cards" that are visible only to the player who got the cards.

Stakes. After all Texas Hold'em players have received their two pocket cards, betting starts. The player left of the player who placed the big blind is first in line. Depending on what's happened before in the round, a player can put down his cards ("fold"), do nothing ("check"), call, increase (“raise”) or re-increase (“re-raise”) depending on the limits and table stakes played with . A round can run several times around the table when players raise and continue to re-raise. It is finished when all players have either called the last bet or have folded their cards

The flop. Next comes the flop where three community cards are placed on the table face up. This is followed by another betting round

The Turn. On the turn, a fourth community card is turned up next to the flop. Then follows the third betting round

The River. The final community card called River is revealed beside the turn. Now comes the final round of betting

The showdown. After the betting rounds comes the showdown. The remaining Omaha poker players reveal their pocket cards which previously could only be seen by themselves to determine the best poker hand (five cards). In Omaha poker, a hand consist for each player of two of their pocket cards and three of the five community cards. Other combinations are not possible, that is, players can not use all five community cards as in Texas Hold'em. The player with the strongest hand which means the hand with the highest value wins the pot. If two or more players have an equally strong hand, the pot is split among these players

The next round of betting. After the pot is distributed, the dealer button moves (clockwise) one position to the left. The players left of the new dealer put the blinds so that the cards for the new round can be dealt.

Poker Strategy

When you start to play online poker at 1x2-bet, you will probably notice with time that some players approach the poker game with a certain strategy. Some players often fold their cards. Other players are constantly betting high amounts. And then there are players who only raise when they have really good cards. You will develop as a poker player when you learn to understand the different styles of poker - and thereby find out which poker strategy best suits you.

The different poker playing styles

A typical poker strategy is generally one of the following four styles of play: "Tight-Aggressive", "Loose-Aggressive", "Tight-Passive" or "Loose-Passive". A poker strategy is called "tight" when only a few hands are played. Players who play "tight", also are known to raise when the odds are very high in one hand. A poker strategy in which someone plays a large number of hands, however, is called "loose". Players with a loose style play both good and weaker cards. Having an "aggressive" style of play means that players often bet, raise or re-raise and this often with a high number of chips. A "passive" poker players, however, often calls or checks, only raising when he has very good cards.

Tight-Aggressive - Players who play only a few hands, but then bet a lot and often raise if they believe they have the best cards

Loose-Aggressive - some consider this poker strategy somewhat "insane" because in the loose-aggressive style each hand is played regardless of the strength of the cards. These players bet and raise often.

Tight-Passive - In this strategy, a player only plays a few hands, then bets only little, often checks and rarely raises.

Loose-Passive - this strategy is also referred to as a "calling station" because players play different hands and usually only call raises. This type of player raises the stakes - if at all - only seldomly.

It is advisable to pursue a strategy of poker with which you feel comfortable. Some poker experts indeed claim that you only win with an aggressive style. But if you do not feel comfortable at the table, you won't win with poker strategy

In the course of future poker games you'll probably - depending on the number of players at the table and other factors - all by yourself develop a playing style that goes well with you. While you should always be aware of your own game, with more experience you'll also notice that the style of your opponents may be different depending on the round. This knowledge based on your own observations is the best basis for developing your own poker strategy.