Guide To Internet Poker and Texas Hold'em by CRP

You watch poker on television and it looks great. Everyone seems to be having fun, and in some cases, winning fortunes. They are all doing this playing a variation of poker known as Texas Hold'em. If you don't live near a casino, it can be tough to get a live Texas Hold'em game going. Fortunately for you, in this day and age, you can circumvent this problem using the Internet. Dozens of great websites exist out there for you to play Texas Hold'em anytime, day or night, with players all over the world, for real money. Here's how to play Internet Texas Hold'em.

The rules of Texas Hold'em are simple. Just make your best five card poker hand using the two cards that are dealt to you combined with five community cards 'the board'; which are laid out in the middle of the table. The game starts with two forced bets, called the small blind and the big blind. Each player is dealt two cards face down. Every player after the big blind, moving clockwise around the table, must call the big blind's bet, raise, or fold. Everyone who remains in the hand gets to see the first three community cards, also called the flop. Players bet, and whoever stays in the hand gets to see the fourth card, called the turn, or fourth street. Another bet, then the final community card, the river, or fifth street, is dealt. A final round of betting, and whoever remains in the hand shows what they have. Whoever can make the best five card poker hand wins the pot.

Playing Internet Texas Hold'em is no different from the live version, except of course, that you are playing from your home computer. Play is also much faster, since there is no need for gathering and shuffling cards between hands. If you know how to play Texas Hold'em, you know how to play the Internet version. In fact, for many players, their first introduction to Texas Hold'em is via the Internet. Players like Internet play because you can start at any level and learn the game without feeling intimidated by being in a large casino or being surrounded by experienced players. You can even play for free while you get an understanding for the fashion in which the game is played, and then jump into a real money game.

Once you've gotten a feel for the game, it's usually a good idea to try to learn some of the basic strategies. Although there is an element of luck to Texas Hold'em, poker is primarily a game of skill, and if you don't learn the techniques you need to win, you will probably lose in the long run. If you study the strategies and have the right combination of luck, talent and discipline, you can become an Internet Texas Hold'em star in a relatively short period of time. Good luck!

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