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3/19/2012

Introduction:In the early years of the 21st century, poker has emerged as the worlds most popular card game. After 200 years of evolution, it is now a big business. Throughout pokers evolution the ranking of hands was not as clearly defined as it is today. The introduction of the straight- five cards of differing suits in a numerical sequence, i.e. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and the flush- five non sequential cards of the same suit, created problem for poker philosophers of the time. Confusion reigned regarding the validity of these hands and, even when accepted, their value in relation to other hands did not always reflect their true merit in terms of probability. Traditionalist who had grown used to the concept of four aces representing the premium hand found it difficult to acknowledge that the odds against securing a sequence of five cards in the same suit- a straight flush were greater, rendering the hand more valuable. There are many different styles of poker games you can play in live casinos and online, but all the styles played today, none is more popular than Texas Holdem. Texas Holdem has received much of its popularity from certain hit TV shows such as the Travelers Channel World Poker Tour, and ESPNs World Series of Poker. However, aside from these exciting shows, Holdem has gained popularity because it is one of the easiest games to learn, the hands are fast, and the stakes are high. Thus, many novice players have come to realize that as long as one masters the skill of the game, there is a lot of money waiting to be won in the world of Texas Holdem Poker Game. The skills you need to become a good poker player can only be learned through practice, patience and observation, Therefore, if you ever hope to win at poker or become a champion, youre going to need to learn how to play like the pros. Poker is a game played with cards and chips (money). Its simple to learn, but much harder to master because of all its possible variations. There are many different kinds of games in poker. Some examples are holdem, Omaha and seven card stud. Online Poker Tips and Strategies by www.adda52.com | The goal of any form of poker is to win money by capturing the pot. The pot is the money or chips wagered during the play of each round (often called hand ) of poker. The pot is placed in the center of the table. When a player wins a round, the pot is awarded to the winner. There are different rules of each specific version, poker really is this simple. For most people it is lifelong source of pleasure. Poker follows this basic format: Players are dealt cards (a hand), some or all of which are concealed. Bets are made on the strength of the cards in rounds of betting. The hands develop as more cards are dealt. Finally the strongest hand wins at showdown or all players but one have folded.

Whichever kind of poker you play, it is essential to know the ranking of the hands. The ranking are the same in all poker games. Holdem and Omaha can play with 2 10 players, while Stud games have 2 8 players. The standard pack of 52 cards is used, with no jokers. The ace is the high card, however in hi/lo games it can be ranked as either high/low, at either end of a sequence. The game moves around the table clockwise, including the placing of bets and dealing of cards.

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When you are in the dealer position, you do not actually deal the cards yourself, rather you do not actually deal the cards yourself, rather you are the last player to receive your cards, and the two players to your left post the blind bets that get the pot going. Position is important in poker, and especially important in holdem. The later you act on your hand, the more information you can collect about the relative strengths of other players hands. The skills you need to become a good poker player can only be learned through practice, patience and observation. Therefore, if you ever hope to win at poker or become a champion, youre going to need to learn to play poker like the pros. For starters, not only have they developed their own poker strategies, but they understand that although knowing how to play their cards is important, the real talent is playing the other players. Professionals study their fellow opponents, and come to know how the other players will react during game play. In live poker games you can see the facial expressions, and reactions of other players. This allows you to gain a pretty good idea of the type of players they are, as well as how they play their cards by simply observing their body language. However, when playing online, you do not have the luxury of relying on the reactions of your opponents, which means that in order to figure out the type of players you are up against, you need to mentally pay attention to the decisions they make in the game, and observe how they communicate when you converse with them online. Advantages of Online Poker: You can play any time of the day or night from comfort of your own home or place of choosing at your convenience. You can play against players from all over the world. You can play for fun. You can use special strategy tools to assist you when you play. You dont have to worry about the other opponents seeing your expression or hearing your comments during a hand. Online Poker Tips and Strategies by www.adda52.com |

Table Limits:There are lower limits in online poker rooms than in live casinos. There are certain internet casinos that offer tables with higher limits, but there is usually enough diversity in table limits, to suit the budget of any player. The lower limit tables makes online poker an ideal environment for players to learn, develop, and try out new strategies without feeling as though they are taking a huge gambling risk. Poker Rules A standard 52-card deck is used in every poker game, the standard deck consists of the following cards starting with the highest rank to the lowest as listed below: Ace King Queen

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Jack 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 Ace (count as both low high card)

Each rank is featured in the same 4 equal suits:Spade:Diamonds:Hearts:Clubs:The object is to achieve the highest hand by obtaining one of the winning card combinations listed below:-

Royal Flush:- Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit.

Straight Flush:- 5 consecutive cards of the same suit.

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Four of a kind:- 4 cards with the same value.

Full House:- 3 of a kind and a pair, with the 3 of a kind valued first.

Flush:- Any 5 different cards of the same suit.

Straight:- 5 cards of any suit in consecutive order.

Three of a kind:- Three cards with same face value.

Two Pair:- Two sets of pairs.

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One Pair:- 2 cards with the same face value.

High Card:- If none of the above achieved the player with the highest card wins.

Reasons to play poker:Social rewards:- This is a major reason behind the traditional home game. Many friends like to hang out and play cards, and many people become friends over the card table. If this is one of the major reasons you wish to play, stick with low stakes, where the games are more fun and friendly. Entertainment:- Poker is a competitive game. To win, one needs the skills and the bit of luck the game necessitates. Many find this enjoyable and compare poker to playing a sport. Make sure you don't get swept up in the 'entertainment' nature of poker, because it is possible to lose a lot of money at the game. Education:- The skills necessary to become a good poker player apply well to other aspects of life. Poker will help you to improve your judgment skills (reading people) and sharpen your logical and strategic skills (how to play your hand). To make money:- Most people play poker for fun, but some make considerable money at it. Of course, these people are few and far between. Not everyone can make a lot of money from poker. Nevertheless, the desire to win more is definitely a reason to improve your poker skills. Poker is one of the few forms of wagering where you can actually win. Casino-style betting is rigged against you (it is impossible to win in the long run at craps, roulette, etc., no matter what anyone says. The only exception is blackjack if you count cards, which is extremely difficult). Sports betting is also nearly impossible to beat without insider information. Thus, poker is one of the few forms of gambling where one can actually win money in the long run simply by being good at the game. Online Poker Tips and Strategies by www.adda52.com |

Poker key skills:1. Mathematics A solid poker player knows the general probabilities of the game. For example, they know that you have about 1 in 8.5 chance of hitting a set when holding a pocket pair, and that you have about a 1 in 3 chance of completing a flopped flush draw by the river. Good players understand the importance of outs. Outs are simply the number of cards that will improve your hand. Count your outs, multiply them by two, and add one, and that's roughly the percentage shot you have at hitting. Good players can figure out the pot odds. Knowing outs is meaningless unless it's translated into rational, calculated betting.

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Math skills are the most basic knowledge; it's day-one reading. Anyone who doesn't understand these concepts should not play in a game for real money until they do.

2. Discipline Good poker players demand an advantage. What separates a winning poker player from a fish is that a fish does not expect to win, while a poker player does. A fish is happy playing craps, roulette, or the slots; he just hopes to get lucky. A poker player does not hope to get lucky. He just hopes others don't get lucky. Good poker players understand that a different game requires a different discipline. A disciplined no-limit player can be a foolish limit player and vice versa. For example, a disciplined limit hold'em player has solid preflop skills. When there is not much action preflop, he or she only plays the better hands. When a lot of people are limping in, he or she will make a loose call with a suited connector or other speculative hand. A disciplined player knows when to play and when to quit. He recognizes when he is on tilt and is aware when a game is too juicy to just quit while ahead. A disciplined player knows that he is not perfect. When a disciplined player makes a mistake, he learns. He does not blame others. He does not cry. He learns from the mistake and moves on.

Knowing the answer to these questions is the first step, manipulating the answers is the second and more important step. Suppose that you have a pair of kings and your opponent has a pair of aces. If you both know what the other has, and you both know that you know what the other has, then why play a game of poker? A poker pro manipulates the answers to questions #2 and #3 by slow playing, fast playing, and bluffing in order to throw his opponent off. Good poker players know that psychology is much more important in a no-limit game than in a limit game. Limit games often turn into math battles, while no-limit games carry a strong psychology component. Thus, poker tells are much more important in no-limit games.

4. Understanding Risk vs. Reward Pot odds and demanding an advantage fall into this category. Poker players are willing to take a long-shot risk if the reward is high enough, but only if the expected return is higher than the risk.

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3. Psychology A good player is not a self-centered player. He may be the biggest SOB you know. He may not care about anyone but himself, and he may enjoy stealing food from the poor. However, when a poker pro walks into a poker room, he always empathizes with his opponents. He tries to think what they think and understand the decisions they make and why they make them. The poker pro always tries to have an answer to these questions:1. What does my opponent have? 2. What does my opponent think I have? 3. What does my opponent think I think he has?

More importantly, they understand the risk vs. reward nature of the game outside of the actual poker room. They know how much bank they need to play, and how much money they need in reserve to cover other expenses in life. Good poker players understand they need to be more risk-averse with their overall bankroll than their stack at the table. When you play in an individual game, you must value every chip equally at the table. You should only care about making correct plays. If you buy in for $10, you should be okay with taking a 52% chance of doubling up to $20 if it means a 48% chance of losing your $10. However, you should be risk-averse with your overall bankroll. You need to have enough money so that any day at the tables will not affect your bankroll too much. If you worry too much about losing, then you will make mistakes at the table. You need to leave yourself with the chance to fight another day.

How to play poker Texas Holdem is the most popular poker game online and is often featured on television. This is how it works: Each player is dealt two cards, referred to as 'pocket cards' or 'hole cards'. Three community cards are dealt face up by the dealer in the middle of the table. By making a combination of your pocket cards and the community cards, form the best poker hand. After that two more community cards are dealt face up on the table. After every round of new community cards each players can place a bet, forcing the other players to fold theirs (give up). That really is everything you need to know to start playing. The rest you can learn at the tables (it's more fun that way). Top 10 starting hands: 1. Pocket Aces (AA) 2. Pocket Kings (KK) 3. Pocket Queens (QQ) 4. Ace-King suited (AKs) 5. Pocket Jacks 6. Ace Queen suited (AQs) 7. King-Queen suited (KQs) 8. Ace-King (AK) 9. Ace-Jack suited (AJs) Online Poker Tips and Strategies by www.adda52.com |

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10. Pocket Tens (1010)

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