Have you ever seen a movie, a commercial or even heard friends talk about Texas Hold'em and wondered what it's all about or how to play? Well, despite Hollywood's glamourization of the game, it is much easier than the movies have lead you to believe.
The game is relatively straightforward in terms of concept. Simply put: you want to have the best hand of everyone so you can win the money that you and your opponents have bet on the hand. You have to do so using some combination of your two cards and the five community cards.
Basic Rules of Texas Hold'Em
Each of the players seeks to have the best valued five card hand. The dealer deals each player two cards face down and then deals the “flop” which involves dealing the first three community cards, face up. Then, another card and then another are dealt until there are five in the middle.
Then, once there are five community cards, you must use a combination of the two cards in your hand and the cards in the middle to come up with the best hand that you can, hopefully, better than your opponents. You can use all five community cards but that makes it harder to win.
Basic Strategy of Texas Hold'Em
Some of the best, most seasoned players and experts in the world of poker and gambling argue that aggressive strategies, that is bet high, play tight, are the best for winning big. These strategies require players to know exactly what they are doing and arguably should be left to the pros.
There are many different strategies or approaches to take when playing Texas Hold'em. If you have a strong hand, the term ‘poker face' comes into play as you don't want to scare off weaker players or those with weaker hands. Same goes if your hand is not so great- fake it 'til you make it.
History of Texas Hold'Em
Noone is quite sure where the game originated from, other than the fact that we have the small town of Robstown to thank for it- or so the Texas Legislature says. The game then spread like wildfire across Texas in the early years of the 1900's.
Once Texas had grown fond of the game, it made its way to Las Vegas where, like any major card or gambling game, it was well received by those looking to win big in the city of lights. This is likely where Texas Hold'em earned a glamorous reputation and made its international debut.
Play Texas Hold'Em in the US
If you are looking for somewhere to play the game- whether you are a beginner or a professional, the US offers a plethora of casinos and places to play. A great place to start is Texas, where it all began. Las Vegas also has many casinos that offer the game.
If you prefer the comfort of your laptop or your couch, there are also many online casinos or even dedicated poker sites for those looking to play Texas Hold'Em. There is a lengthy list of US-based online casinos as well as international online casinos that allow US residents and citizens to play.