Learning the Basics of Texas Holdem

Firstly, you have made the right choice by deciding to start with Texas Holdem Poker.

No other variation of the game is so popular or so widely played on the Internet (or anywhere else for that matter) right now. Many of the leading online poker rooms are taking on hundreds, if not, thousands, of new players very regularly, so you have a great chance of finding people at a similar level to play against.

Starting with Texas Holdem Poker, and only Texas Holdem Poker, allows you thoroughly learn this one game before going on to try your hand at the other variations. Stick to the one game at first, and learn it well.

You will be pleased to know that most of the leading online poker sites have poker rooms where you can play and practice for free, with virtual money.

If you are serious about building your poker skills for the long term, and you really want to succeed in what is a highly competitive, cut throat game, then you are strongly advised to follow this step. Most will not. Most will just dive in at the deep end, thinking they know it all already. Especially if they have read one or two books about the standard offline game of poker, thinking that online poker is the same. It isn't.

Before you even take the step of joining a poker room and signing up for one of the free games, you will need to learn some of the basic rules of the game. The game usually begins with the two players to the left of the dealer posting blinds. This means that they place a predetermined amount of money into the pot, so that there is something at stake on every game before the proper betting rounds start. Of course, as the position of the dealer changes for each round of the game, each player will, over time, place the same amount of money into the pot as posted blinds.

After the blinds are posted, two cards are dealt face down to each player. These are known as the hole cards, and will combine later on with the open cards visible to everybody, to form the hands which decide who has won the pot. After this, the betting rounds begin. There are many different rules and variations of how the betting rounds take place, and of course many different limits as to how much money can be put in. Make sure you learn the rules of each individual poker game and poker room before you start playing.

When you are ready to move up to the money tables, start at the bottom and move up as you learn and progress. This is how to get started in Texas Holdem Poker.

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