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.

Reading Draws And Outs Part

Improving your starting hole cards specifically has to do with draws and the outs needed to complete drawing hands.

The History of Poker

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

Poker Hand Rankings

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

What Beats What

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

Introduction to Fixed Limit

This lesson acquaints the beginning player with the fixed limit betting structure...

Hole Card Groupings (Starting Hands)

In Texas Hold ‘Em, each player starts with only two cards, the hole cards. 

Ten Best Starting Hands

An in depth look at the ten best starting hands, ..

Pre-Flop: Hole Cards and Position

Examining the strength of your hole cards relative to your position at the table should be the beginning of your strategy in poke here.

Reading Draws and Outs

Improving your starting hole cards specifically has to do with "draws" and the "outs" needed to complete drawing hands.  .

Reading Board Texture (The Nuts)

In broad terms, board texture defines the relationship between your hole cards and the community cards on the Board.

Introduction to Betting Limits

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

Betting Limits

Some variations of Hold ‘Em set fixed limits on the maximum amount of money that may be bet, while others have no limit.

Pre-Flop Betting Strategy

Many Hold ‘Em hands are won or lost before the Flop is ever shown.

Flop Betting Strategy

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

Turn Betting Strategy

If you have stayed in the hand past the flop, you likely have decent hole cards that may have improved on the Flop.

River Betting Strategy

After the River card is dealt, there is no more guesswork as to what your hand might be. .  

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.

Basic Bluffing

A bluff is simply a lie. 

Reading Other Players: Tells

There are certain human traits that are uncontrollable.  

The Poker Face

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

Common Poker Tells  2

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

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. 

Basic Limit vs. No-Limit Strategies

A contrast between the strategies of fixed limit, pot limit, and no limit hold 'em.

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.

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 Late Position Betting

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

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...  

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: Late Position Betting

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

Betting Strategies: The Turn and River

This video discusses some winning strategies for playing on the Turn in No Limit, Fixed Limit, and Pot Limit games.  

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...

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.

Reading Board Texture

In broad terms, board texture defines the relationship between your hole cards and the community cards on the Board.

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. 

The Online Poker Environment

Two Mentors discuss some of the ins and outs of playing online: importance of taking notes, playing against the pros, the relevance of player nationalities, and even choosing an avatar.

Donk Betting vs. Check Raising

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

Playing AK Aggressively

The starting hand of Ace-King is obviously a premium holding.  But since they are the best hole cards that do not consist of a pair, many players do not understand this starting hand's overall value, and misplay it.

Playing Multiple Games

In poker, online play offers many luxuries that live play does not.  Obviously, convenience is one, but so is the ability to multi table if one chooses. 

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"

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.

Nim

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

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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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