How To Play Texas Holdem Poker

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Texas Hold 'Em Overview

A simplified tutorial on how the game of poker is played. The basic terms of poker are explained as well as the concept of betting.

The History of Poker

 Texas Hold ‘Em is a game played by millions around the world today.   

What Beats What

A look at what poker hands will beat other poker hands.  A must-see video for the beginning player.

The Flop

Demonstration of the Flop and what it means.  

The Turn Card

Demonstration of the Turn card and what it means.  

Betting and Betting Rounds

What separates beginners from pros?

The Button and the Blinds

The button and blinds and what these vital elements to poker mean are discussed in detail here.

Putting It All Together

This video puts together all of the basic poker elements.

Beginning Overview

This lesson lays the groundwork for winning poker: a strict focus on three main elements of poker: position, cards, and opponents.

Improving Hands

The strength of your starting hole cards will either increase or decrease after the Flop, the Turn, and the River.

Introduction to Betting Limits

Betting is what transforms poker from a game strictly won by chance to a game more easily controlled by skill.  

Side Pots

An easy to understand explanation of Side Pots. 

Mental Preparation: C.O.P.E.

The C.O.P.E. technique (Control, Observation, Patience, and Endurance) is a way to prepare yourself mentally before playing poker.  

Observing Other Players

Since you can’t see the cards of the other players at the table – or online – you may think there’s no way to know what kind of hand they’re holding.

Observing Other Players

Since you can’t see the cards of the other players at the table – or online – you may think there’s no way to know what kind of hand they’re holding.

Gathering Information

As you progress in your poker playing, you will hear a lot about “gathering information” from your opponents...

Common Beginner Mistakes

What’s the reason people make fun of rookies?   

Introduction to Pot Odds

Pot odds are simply the comparison of two things:  Investment and Reward. 

Poker Etiquette

Despite its rough-and-tumble beginnings and reputation, poker is a gentleman’s game. 

Places to Play Texas Hold'em

There are three main arenas for playing Hold ‘em. 

Playing Within Your Limits

Your “limits” are the amount of money you are prepared to play with in one day...

Playing Within Your Limits

Your “limits” are the amount of money you are prepared to play with in one day...

All-In

The most powerful weapon in Texas Hold 'Em is the all-in bet. Watch this video for an explanation of when to consider using this high-risk high-reward action.

Types of Tournaments

There are many different types of Hold ‘Em tournaments.   

Isolating Opponents

One sure sign that your poker skills are improving is when you can successfully “isolate” your opponents...

Heads-Up

There are some important shifts in playing style required when playing against just one other opponent. Those variables are covered in this lesson.  

Chip Stack Consideration

The size of your chip stack makes a big difference in how you play the game...

Opening a Hand With a Raise

Being the first player to open a hand with a raise can sometimes be a better strategy than just calling the big blind...

Pre-Flop Early Position Betting

This lesson about Pre-Flop: Early Position is part one of a three part series.

Pre-Flop Middle Position Betting

This lesson about Pre-Flop: Middle Position is part two of a three part series.

Pre-Flop Late Position Betting

This lesson about Pre-Flop: Late Position is part three of a three part series.

Outs, Draws and Basic Odds

This video compiles some key concepts to help the intermediate poker player make crucial decisions...

Pot Odds Continued

This video expounds on some beginner Pot Odds concepts...

Flopping a Drawing Hand

What does it mean to being drawing after the flop...?

Flopping Middle Pair

Some factors to consider before you decide to call, raise, or fold with a hand like middle pair are discussed...

Flopping a Monster Hand; Flopping The Nuts

The difference between “the nuts” and “a monster” is subtle but important...  

Missing The Flop

“Missing the Flop” simply means you don’t get the cards you’re looking for on the Flop...

Facing a Raise or a Re-Raise

You have three options in the face of a raise or re-raise: Fold, call or re-raise.  Your actions depend on several factors which are addressed in this lesson...  

The Flop: Early Position Betting

This lesson about The Flop: Early Position is part one of a three part series.

The Stop n Go Advanced Turn Play

This lesson describes in detail some betting actions for the advanced player to consider in the turn betting round...

The Flop: Middle Position Betting

This lesson about The Flop: Middle Position is part two of a three part series.

Common Mistakes On The River

This video addresses common mistakes that we need to avoid in the last betting round...  

Poker Playing Styles

Often you will hear adjectives such as “loose,” “tight,” “passive,” and “aggressive,” as they refer to poker players.  Actually, these terms refer to playing styles and strategies.  

Check-Raising

This lesson outlines this basic betting action and what makes it work...

Bluffing

Bluffing is a betting strategy designed to force your opponents to a decision...

Tilt

Tilt means you have allowed emotions to overcome your ability to play well...

Equity vs. Opponent Range

One of the CardGenius Mentors presents a hand from a live $1/$2 deep stacked game for analysis...

Block Theory & The Gigabet Dilemma

This lesson delves into two advanced theories that work hand in hand with each other at high level sit 'n gos: Block Theory and The Gigabet Dilemma.

Advanced Heads-Up Betting

Bishop, a CardGenius Mentor, discusses the variables to consider for the Pre-Flop raiser in position...  

Why Most Hands Never Go Past The Flop

Why Most Hands Never Go Past The Flop

Expanding Starting Hands

In this video you will learn to expand the number of starting hole cards you play beyond just the premium hole cards...

Tells and Reverse Tells

Perhaps one of the most famous aspects of poker, known all over the world by players and non-players alike, is the idea of Tells...

Ace Rag Hands

Ace-Rag hole cards consisting of an Ace and a low-ranking card – can be troublesome. 

Donk Betting vs. Check Raising

This lesson describes in detail some betting actions for the advanced player to consider in the flop betting round...  

13 O'clock

World renowned mentalist Jim "The Psychic Madman" Karol performs one of his famous tricks: "13 O'clock"

10 Card Poker

World renowned mentalist Jim "The Psychic Madman" Karol performs one of his famous tricks: "10 Card Poker"

Bottom Deal Hustle

World renowned mentalist Jim "The Psychic Madman" Karol performs one of his famous tricks: "Bottom Deal Hustle"

Basics of Texas Hold 'Em Tournaments

Multi-table play, your spot in the tournament standings, time limits, and prize pools are a few of the concepts discussed in this lesson.

Welcome to Texas Hold 'EM

Poker has been ever evolving since its actual roots.  Ever wonder how the phenomena came to be?  Here is a video discussing the history of the game of poker.

Jim Karol Original

Jim Karol Original

Mental Card

World renowned mentalist Jim "The Psychic Madman" Karol performs one of his famous tricks: "Mental Card"

Nim

World renowned mentalist Jim "The Psychic Madman" Karol performs one of his famous tricks: "Nim"

Card in Shoe

World renowned mentalist Jim "The Psychic Madman" Karol performs one of his famous tricks: "Card in Shoe"

Introduction to Pot Odds

This lesson delves into the real world application of pot odds in a sit n' go live hand example. 

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Hand rankings are one of the most important parts of any poker game.

The Flop is turned over - three community cards are dealt; each player now has three more cards to make the best possible poker hand.

There are certain human traits that are uncontrollable.  

It takes amazing self-control to keep your face expressionless during a poker hand.  

One of the most important assets in poker is the ability to read other players’ “tells".

As you progress in your poker playing, you will hear a lot about “gathering information” from your opponents...

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