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Poker – The Do’s and Don’ts

One of the best known and popular of casino games, Poker has been around for years. Forever a favourite of casino goers and something many newcomers love to try out, but know little about, poker can be a hard game to master. In the following article there are some hints and tips for those that would like to venture into the poker world but maybe don’t quite know how to do so.

The Do’s

Firstly, if you’re playing online then shop around to find rewards and bonuses that can be won depending on which poker game you decide to play.

One of the most important rules is also the simplest one – play when it is your turn. Playing out of turn will instantly draw attention that the player is new and will also irritate the older veteran players. It is also recommended that new players pay attention to the time. Players may take time when making a decision but shouldn’t take overly long when coming to a final decision as this again will give away the fact that the player is new.

Simply playing only a good hand is a clear starting point. Playing all hands will only lose a player money. Lastly, players should try to be emotionless. Emotions give away clues to more experienced players and can become a tell which can be detrimental to winning.

The Don’ts

A few of the don’ts are simple. Players should not play with their chips or generally fidget whilst waiting their turn. This will again indicate to other players the novice level that the fidgeting player is at. In addition to this, talk should be kept at a minimum when seated at the table. As mentioned before, players should not play random hands or show their cards too early in the game. Keeping a cool head is also essential.

Try to be as cool as the bots that are beating the odds. Loss of focus can lose the game. Lastly, contrary to many novices belief, players should not bluff all the time. This does not make the player an experienced one.

Following these simple rules will have new poker players raise the odds of winning somewhat significantly.

World’s Most Popular Types of Poker

If you ask someone who’s never opened a pack of cards in their life to name a card game, it would probably be poker. Little wonder, considering poker has been around since the early 1800’s, in one guise or another.

Today, with the advent of gambling on the internet, poker and its derivatives can be played from the comfort of your armchair. What though, are the most popular forms of poker played by the rank amateur, to the professional gambler?

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Texas Hold’Em Poker

Wherever one looks, Hold’Em comes out on top for being one of the most popular poker games anywhere. Its popularity has seen a massive surge, since its introduction as a game on a well known social media site some years ago.

In Texas Hold’Em, two cards face down are dealt to each player, and the first round of betting takes place. A further three (community) cards are dealt face up, and another round of betting ensues. After all bets are laid, a fourth community card, and finally a fifth and final card, are laid out. Betting continues after each card is laid, and continues until all players have raised, checked, or folded.

Omaha Poker

Another popular poker game, many poker instructors believe learning the intricacies of Omaha, will provide good ground work for those who wish to get serious about Texas Hold’Em. Similar to Hold’Em in its game play; in Omaha each player, up to ten per table, are dealt four pocket cards, and the five community (face up) cards, laid down immediately.

The player has to make his best hand from two of his pocket cards; plus three of the five community cards. The betting is structured similarly to Hold’Em, starting with the blind round and proceeding from there, choosing whether to check, raise or fold.

With four cards dealt per player, the chances of flushes, runs, straights, or full houses coming up, is much higher. Consequently aggressive play is not a good idea, and bluffing should be minimal. However, the need for caution and patience, should stand the prospective Hold’Em player in good stead.

7-Card Stud

With 7-Card Stud, each player is dealt seven cards, three face down and four face up. Of the seven cards, each player has to form their best hand from five.

5-Card Draw

Considered to be the original game of poker, each player is dealt five cards. Once all cards are dealt, and blind betting completed, a player can trade in a maximum of three cards for three others, in an attempt to improve their hand.

The rules of all variants of poker, and there are many, are easy to learn. The skill comes, not from knowing the rules. But, if you want to make money, in the words of a very famous country song, ‘You gotta know when to hold’em, and know when to fold ‘em.’