Monday, May 18, 2020

Learn To Play Poker By Reading Poker Books

Learn To Play Poker By Reading Poker Books
There are tons of different kinds of poker games out there today like Hold'em, Omaha etc. Now depending on the game you choose to play, there are different books that can help you learn it. One of the most popular poker games today, if not the most popular is Texas Hold'em. You play against other players at a poker table and everyone gets two cards and the point of the game is to win everyone else's chips.
This is a game that a lot of people have become so successful at that it has become a career for them. Since the idea of the game is to play against other players, and it's mostly about your skills to bluff and read the other players... you can definitely learn to play the game so successfully that it's not about gambling anymore.
Therefore it is considered wise to learn about the game and all it's strategies by reading some good poker books written by successful players that have made a killing playing the game. But in order to do this you first have to find the right poker books. When there are hundreds of books to choose from, you obviously don't want to waste your time reading the ones that don't teach you the best strategies and tricks. So in order to find the best ones I suggest you find a good site reviewing the top poker books out there... and then according to their reviews you can make your decision.
Of course there are poker books that are written for different levels of experience too. If you're a total beginner in poker, I'd suggest you look for a book that is written for complete beginners. This means a book that explains everything from how the game works to some of the basic tactics and strategies that you can use and also that other people use so that you can read them better in the game. Then again if you already know the game and have played it a few times but you'd like to play more seriously and learn some of the more advanced tricks then I suggest you read a book which is written for more advanced players. If you find a good review I'm certain that they will list both books for beginners and more advanced players.
Another good thing to look for in a poker book is the author. Is he a famous poker player that has made a killing playing poker? Because if he is, you can be almost certain that he has some great experiences to share with you that can truly help you move forward in the game. Some of the most successful poker players nowadays are David Sklansky and Doyle Brunson. You might even have heard of them since they are some of the most respected and popular poker players out there.
So to summarize what I just told you:
1. Before you start playing poker for real, at least learn some basics by reading a few great poker books.
2. Find one which fits your level of skills and experience in the game.
3. Read the books and remember to go out and practice what you've learned because that's the only way you will truly become successful at playing poker.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

2011 WSOP: The Year of Brian Rast

2011 WSOP: The Year of Brian Rast
Two known poker players, Brian Rast and Phil Hellmuth played a heads up match which has been the most memorable moment (event 55) of the 2011 WSOP. Brian Rast was playing for his 2nd bracelet in 2011 and Hellmuth for his 12th gold bracelet after having finished 2nd twice already in 2011. He got another chance to get the gold bracelet. We know the outcome, Rast won the heads up but it is interesting to go through what happened in that final heads up battle.
One of the important facts is that Hellmuth pushed all-in three times with a flush draw and his hand failed to improve all three times. The huge difference between the all-ins was the size of the chip stacks. Hellmuth started the heads up with a small advantage: 10,015 million vs. 9,185. He was continuously winning and built a 5:1 chip lead. Then Rast doubled up twice with flush draws. These all-ins were nothing special, Rast thought he had good cards, he wanted to double up and Hellmuth was in a situation that he could have won the tournament right away. The first time Rast had AdKh on the Th4h4s flop and Hellmuth was holding 9h6h. The second time the flop was KcJc4d, Rast had Ks7d and Hellmuth held Tc8c. Rast won both all-ins and started to build his stack back up. When the final hand came he already had a small advantage against Hellmuth.
The last all-in was the most interesting of all. Not because Rast won one of the most prestigious tournaments (The Poker Player's Championship; a $50 000 buy-in event). It is worth mentioning because Hellmuth pushed all-in with a small flush-draw and the bottom end of a straight draw. The flop came with two diamonds: JdTs9d and Hellmuth had 8d2d. Rast bet 500 000 and Hellmuth pushed all-in with his huge stack (about 9 million chips). Rast made a quick call and showed KcQc, it was the current nuts. The turn and river were respectively the 5h and the 8s so Rast won the tournament.
Rast won the tournament because he could handle the times when he just did not have the right spots and cards, played his best game and did not make huge mistakes. Hellmuth made one bad play and it ended his tournament.
Rast turned the game from a 5:1 chip disadvantage. Being down so much in chips is frustrating for some players but not for Brian Rast. He proved his great skills by winning his 2nd WSOP event in 2011. He confirmed again Jack Straus's quote about "A chip and a chair".

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How to Play Texas Holdem Poker - Beginner's Rules to Get You Going

How to Play Texas Holdem Poker - Beginner's Rules to Get You Going
One of the most popular games in the casino today would have to be Texas Hold'em poker. Due to its vast increase in popularity, people that have not learnt the game as of yet want to quickly know the important rules and start playing it right away. Fortunately, you have come to the right place, because listed in the following sections are some of the important rules of the game that can help you understand how to play Texas Hold'em poker as well as win a substantial amount of money in the process.
In the beginning
For the game before it begins, you should know that they are a couple of rules that you might want to be aware of. The first rule is that the game begins with two players on the left of the dealer have to place bets, which are known as blinds. The big blind, is placed by the person that is two across the dealer when you see from the left, while the small blind is placed by the person immediately to the left of the dealer. This indicates that the game is now starting, and each player on the table is provided with two cards facing down.
The start of the game
Now that the players have been dealt the cards, the next step is for the player to the left of the person that played the big blind to start playing. This is said to be the action or what is known as the first move. The person can do one or more of the following actions - call the bet, increase the bet amount, or simply get out of the current round without losing any money. The betting goes on in a clockwise manner. Once the round is complete, three cards are dealt by the dealer facing up, which is called as the board.
Moving on to the next round
The board, or the flop (first 3 cards are called the flop), can be used in combination with the cards that you have to make the best pair. A preflop poker strategy would be to dynamically increase the bet amounts at this point if your cards are really good. Now, the round continues with the player immediately to the left of the dealer and betting continues clockwise in this manner. Once this round is complete, the dealer deals the fourth card, which is also called as the turn card. This is again followed by another round of betting.
Finishing the round
The final card, or the fifth card, is dealt at the end of the round following the fourth card. This is known as the "river". The players that are left show off their cards and the person that can make the best combination with the cards on the board will win. If the cards on the board are actually the best combination, then everyone playing the hand will win the game. These are the basics of how to play Texas Hold'em poker, and now you need to learn the strategies of the game.

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If You Are Looking for Poker Tells, Quit Watching the Poker Cards

If You Are Looking for Poker Tells, Quit Watching the Poker Cards
Most of the time when playing  poker, I'll see players look at their hole cards as soon as they are dealt, then when the flop comes they watch the cards being flopped.  Well if you're looking for "Tells" on your opponents you're looking in the wrong place.
The poker cards themselves won't give you a tell, so why watch them when you should be watching your opponents face and hand actions. You have plenty of "dead time" to look at your cards.  After your hole cards are dealt, don't look right away, just put your card protector on them and wait your turn for action.  Your eyes should be focused on the Poker Players, watching for any small clue from their actions when they look at their hole cards.  This is where you might pick up a tell on any particular player.  As I say, a reliable tell is hard to spot, but if you pay enough attention, you will find them, and they can be worth a fortune when you do.
So put your poker card protector on your cards, wait patiently for your turn, but focus on your opponents, not the cards. When the flop comes, don't watch the board, watch your opponents.  The flop will still be there and it won't change, you can look at the flop later before your    Although Poker Tells, an unconscious sign from your opponents as to the strength of their poker hand, are hard to spot and perhaps a bit overrated, if you can pick up on one it puts you way ahead of the competition.  It's only your opponents that will give you a tell, not the cards.
This sort of play pays dividends in two ways at the poker table.  One, you won't be giving off any tells about your hand since you don't know what it is yet, and two, you'll be seeing the physical reaction of your opponents when they look at their poker cards.  So quit watching the cards, they won't tell you anything.  Watch your opponents, that's where you might get lucky enough to actually pick up a tell, and when you do it can make all the difference in your poker chip stack.

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Poker Language - Some Common Poker Terms and Language and What They Mean

Poker Language - Some Common Poker Terms and Language and What They Mean
Poker uses a number of distinct terms and phrases. When playing at a table it is often helpful to understand these. There are almost enough to write a poker language dictionary! Some of the more common terms are listed below:

Flop - most commonly associated with Texas Hold'em and Omaha poker, this poker language term refers to the first 3 open cards which are dealt.

Turn - this is the fourth open card which is dealt in Texas Hold'em or Omaha poker.

River - the final card which is dealt in a game of poker.

Nuts - at a given point in a poker game, this refers to the strongest possible hand.

Big blind - usually payable by the player sitting 2 spaces clockwise from the dealer, regardless of his cards. Blind refers to the fact that the player has to make it regardless of his cards, or as though he hadn't even seen them.

Small blind - the amount payable by the player sitting next to the dealer, in a clockwise direction. It is often half the amount of the big blind.

Bluff - in poker language, the art of representing (usually through betting patterns) that a player has a stronger hand than he actually does.

Call - remaining in a hand by matching the previous bet.

Raise - increasing the bet which has been made by the previous player. Other players then need to call or re-raise in order to remain in the game.

Re-raise - the act of raising a previous raise.

Fold - in poker language, this is the procedure followed by a player who does not wish to continue with his hand (he does not want to pay to stay in the hand - usually because he has weak cards or believes another player has stronger ones).

Pot - this is the amount of chips / money which has been put into the center of the table and which the winning player will receive (subject to the rake).

Rake - this is a commission taken out of the pot by the casino. Lower the rake, the more you make. The lowest rake is currently at PKR

Straight - in poker language, a poker hand containing 5 consecutive cards.

Flush - a poker hand containing 5 cards of the same suit.

Pair - two cards of the same value.

Trips - three cards of the same value.

Quads - four cards of the same value.

Kicker - the highest card in a player's hand which is not in a pair. It is quite often used to determine close hands - for example, a pair of Kings with an Ace kicker beats a pair of Kings with a 2 kicker.

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Texas Hold'em Poker Hand Rankings - The Difference Between Winning and Losing

Texas Hold'em Poker Hand Rankings - The Difference Between Winning and Losing
Knowing the winning poker hands is the crucial difference between a win and a loss. Texas hold'em poker hand rankings are not only important for playing winning poker, but for any level you will need to learn this first and it will also be the last thing that you will learn. But the only thing that you need to know throughout your poker playing career is that the player with the highest hand wins.
A poker hand is the best five cards that you have. A ten, jack, queen, king and an ace constitutes this winning hand which is called the royal flush. If you get this, you are home free. But this happens only once in around 600000 times. So you can play poker for the rest of your life and even then not end up with this set!
The cards are ranked from 2 to A. and the sub ranking goes like hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades. Poker suits have no value. They are just used for determining the flush. This constitutes the Texas hold'empoker hand rankings.
If you end up with poker hands which are from the same poker hand ranking category, then there are sub rules which will decide the game. In such cases, the category with the higher ranked combination will be better than the one which is lower.
These are the rules of Texas hold'em poker. If the two hands also have the same ranked categories, then the tie breaker comes into play. It's also called the kicker card or the fifth card. And then if the poker hands are all belonging to one and the same category, then the pot will be split.
So if you do not get a royal flush, you need not despair. Your opponents are also facing the very same odds that you are. A straight flush is also a pretty strong hand. In fact it is the second strongest one. It constitutes a series of numbers with the same suit. This happens once in every 70000 attempts. Not bad compared to getting a royal flush.
Then there is four of a kind. Here you will have four cards of the same rank. The fifth card that you have is the kicker.
Full house is the next one. It has three cards of the same rank and a pair.
Then you have the flush. This is not like the straight flush. Here you will have 5 cards of the same suit, but they need not be consecutive. This is a pretty common set. Any poker game would usually have a set like this every time.
The straight hand is where you have five consecutive cards which are not of the same suit.
Three of a kind is when you have three cards which are of the same rank. The other two cards are the kickers.
Two cards of a rank and two other cards of the same rank along with a fifth which is a kicker are called two pairs. If you know so much, it should suffice for a beginner. You will have to first start out by trying to get at least the lower ones and then you can target the big poker hand nicknames.

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Simple Guide to Poker Hand Rankings

Simple Guide to Poker Hand Rankings
It is fundamental requirement for playing poker that player understands the poker hand rankings; it is the order of the priority of various hands. Also being required for determining who has won particular pot, it's also required to understand hands that other players may be representing and whether therefore you think you could beat them. Various hands are below listed into order of the priority -:
1. The Royal flush - the top of poker hands order are royal flush, being an Ace, King, Queen, the Jack and ten suited.
2. The Straight flush - it is five consecutive suited cards, for e.g. three, four, five, six and seven of spades. Such particular example is straight to 7, which will be beaten by straight to 8.
3. Four of kind - it is simply four cards of same value, for e.g. four Jacks. Note that the 4 Queens will beat the four Jacks.
4. The Full house - triplet and pair, for e.g. three Queens and pair of the 7.
5. Flush - any five cards of similar suit.
6. Straight - any five consecutive cards that are not suited.
7. Three of kind - very simply, the triplets. 3 Aces beat three Kings.
8. Two pair - very simply, it is two separate pairs. Note down that there is not better position in poker hands order of three pairs, since it is total of six cards and your best five count only.
9. Pair - simply two cards of same value and, high value pair as usual beat lower value of pair.
10. High card - the bottom of poker hands order are high card. It is simply highest card from hand of five which has not placed better combination. So Ace, ten, six, four and three off suit will be called the Ace high.
While calculating that who has won particular hand remembers that it's only best five cards that counts - if two players draw along with these five cards it doesn't go to that person who has got strongest 6th card, and pot is split. You if are struggling for maintaining importance of the poker hand rankings in that case using free downloading of poker odds calculator is great option. Tools would sit alongside your selected poker room and also provide guidance on playing which hand in every situation. If really you want to play good automatically poker hand rankings then you would need Free Poker Odds Calculator which is automatic.

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