Get to grip with some of the poker terms!
Texas Hold Em
The internet most popular type of poker quick and easy to learn but difficult to master. All players are dealt two cards face down and must make the best possible hand using their cards and five community cards available to all players. Betting occurs after each round of dealing, which are
- The deal – Each player receives two cards (hole cards)
- The flop – Three cards are dealt face up for all players to use
- The turn or 4th street – One more card is dealt for all players
- The River or 5th street- The final community card
After the final round of betting if more than one person is still in then the final players must show their cards and whoever has the best hand wins the round and collects the pot.
Pot Limit/No limit Texas Hold Em
These are the two main betting types of Texas hold em poker. Originally no limit was the most popular type, the means that the only limit to your betting is the amount of chips that you currently have, this changed however as many of the big poker players were cleaning up in games playing big bet aggressive poker and betting newer players out of the game. The saw the creation and rise of Pot limit Texas hold em, this places a limit on the betting to the amount of chips currently in the pot. This creates a different game and different tactics especially when it comes to betting since big scare tactic moves such as the All-In cannot be performed unless there is already an exceptionally large pot. More recently with the introduction on the internet we have seen a big rise in No-Limit Hold Em and now this type is more commonly seen.
This rule is pretty much used throughout the poker world and means that you can only bet what you have on the table. Once that is done you are declared all in and therefore can only win off your opponents up to and equal to the amount of chips you put in yourself.
Blinds are compulsory bets to keep all players involved and some chips in every pot. The blinds are nominated by the two spots left of the dealer. Directly to the left of the dealer is the small blind and the player to the small blinds left is the big blind (usually double the small blind). On fixed cash tables the blinds are fixed and are determined by the minimum bets. In tournament games the blinds will go up usually in fixed time intervals to the action going.