Texas Holdem – Roland DeWolfe Poker http://www.rolanddewolfepoker.com Poker Game Strategy Sat, 17 Jun 2017 05:25:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Variations of Texas Holdem http://www.rolanddewolfepoker.com/variations-of-texas-holdem/ http://www.rolanddewolfepoker.com/variations-of-texas-holdem/#respond Sat, 10 Jun 2017 05:19:36 +0000 http://www.rolanddewolfepoker.com/?p=26 Now, as must of us know even if you are only starting to get interested in poker and are not yet an expert Texas Hold Em is the most popular poker game right now. When I was younger and played poker at camp either for matchsticks or pennies; it was the real big time all we knew about was Five Card or Seven Card Draw or Stud.

These days, though, it is all about the Hold Em but did you know there are actually quite a few sub variations of this popular variation? Not a lot of folks do, so throughout the next couple of posts, we are going to take a look at some of the most often played sub versions.

We begin with Kill and Half Kill Texas Hold Em. Here, in a Kill game, if a player is able to meet a very special, specific condition, such as winning two or more pots in succession, then the stakes get doubled for the hand after that.

In a Half Kill game, the stakes go up by fifty percent. The player in question has to post ablind which is equal to the brand new low limit.

Another variation of Texas Hold Em is known as Spread Limit Texas Hold Em. In this game, the rules are similar to what you will see in a game of fixed limit Texas Hold Em. However, on difference is that the bettors are allowed to bet whatever amount of money they like, just as long as it lies between the previously decided minimum bets and maximum bets.

So, in other words, if the current game has a 10 to 30 spread limit, then the player can make any bet between ten bucks and thirty bucks. Simple enough, right? Kind of. The other thing is that every bet and every raise has to either be equal to or more than the previous raise or bet, unless someone goes all in.

When that happens, if the all in amount does not equal out to at least the amount of the previous raise, then the person who raised originally cannot re-raise. So, say Player 1 goes in for twenty bucks, Player 2 decides to call, and Player C goes all in, but for less than forty dollars. In that case, Player 1 cant re-raise.

Playing Texas Holdem Online

As we have seen, Texas Hold Em is a big favorite, and many people are flocking to play it online but playing it on the internet is much different from playing in a bricks and mortar casino.

There are some merits to playing the game online, but there are some cons as well. Speaking of advantages, you do not need to wear sunglasses to bluff, of course! As well, you are playing against actual players rather than playing against the bank. You get to pick a table and in a matter of minutes, you are ready to play.

What could be better, right? The problem is that a lot of people get caught up in the ease and convenience, and they forget what a tricky place the internet can be. Stick with me, though, and we will go a long way towards taking care of that problem.

A lot of people have debated the disadvantages of online poker. What it all comes down to is that there are two primary reasons why online Hold Em isn’t as great as playing it live.

For one thing, it may be easier for you to bluff, but it is harder for you to spot a bluff. You cannot look into the eyes of the other players, thus analyzing or maybe even intimidate them.

You thus have to be extremely careful about making your plays. Remember, you could be playing against anyone.

Then, too, online Hold Em provides an excellent way for novice players to get used to the game. And, of course, the option of being able to play in your underwear is always a plus.

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Texas Holdem “Big Blind” and How to Bluff http://www.rolanddewolfepoker.com/texas-holdem-big-blind-bluff/ http://www.rolanddewolfepoker.com/texas-holdem-big-blind-bluff/#respond Wed, 07 Jun 2017 01:29:18 +0000 http://www.rolanddewolfepoker.com/?p=6 When the button moves around the table you will find yourself from time to time two places to the dealers left. That means it is time for you to post the Big Blind. The Big blind is usually equal to one minimum bet. The blinds in Texas Holdem are a mechanism to build the pot. Without them there would be, “Check,Check,Check,Check,Check,” heard from around the table on every hand. Why pay anything to see the flop if you don’t have to?

What is a Big Blind?

Playing from the Big Blind can be trying. Although you already a minimum bet in the hand you should be cautious calling a pre flop raise. If the blind is $5.00 you should not think of it as costing you five dollars and start thinking, “In for a penny. In for a pound. Rather think of the money that you are forced to post into the blinds as an average fee that you are paying for playing all the hands dealt to you. So instead of thinking of it as posting $5.00 for one hand. Divide it by ten (Or the Number of Players) and think of it as fifty cents. You are a lot less likely to call a raise with a poor hand if you are only defending fifty cents.

Since in the Big Blind you are the first to bet. You will be the last to call a raise, if any. That gives you time to watch the table and see who is calling and raising. Take a long hard look at the pot. How much money is in it? Would you call the raise if you were sitting on the button? Be careful not to over estimate the strength of your hand. First, if it does not add up to 30 or 21, Second, if it is not a small pair, and third if it is not at least suited use your judgment and incorporate what you know about the players at the table. Is the guy who raised, the type who raises the blind every time or almost every time? or is he a tight player who bets only premium hands?

How to Bluff

There are times to bluff and times not to bluff. Some people cannot tell the difference. You most certainly want to get caught bluffing a time or two a night just to make sure that you do not get pegged as a tight player. You must pick your time to bluff very carefully.

A very good bluff that does not even look like a bluff is raising before the flop with Big Slick Ace/King. Before you do this you must be mindful of your position on the table. Cool, if you are the dealer or acting just before the dealer but of less use as you travel back toward the blinds.

Before you decide that you are going to bluff. Look at the reward if you pull it off. The first consideration is how much money is in the pot. There is no point in risking a bluff if the payoff is low. Some people call this pot odds, and have a whole lot of complicated calculations to make before they decide. I just look at it. There is either a large stack of chips or a small stack. If there is a large stack of chips I will attempt a bluff. Bluffing is simply selling an idea. The idea is that you have the best hand. It helps a lot that your opponent can see right on the table that there is a possible straight or flush. Is there a pair? You might have three of a kind or a full house.

I often decide to try and run a bluff even before the pocket cards are delt. Of course, almost as often I decide against it just as soon as the betting starts. Do not try and run a bluff if there are indications that more than one person is holding a good hand. A bluff works best if it is run against mediocre hands. Even the one person holding a good hand can cost you lots of money, make him think you are a moron, and mark you as a loose player.

Don’t show your hand to any spectators in an attempt to bluff. Everybody knows that if you show your hand after the cards are on the table then you are probably bluffing.

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