Perhaps, Texas Hold’em is the most popular poker variant because it is so easy to get started with. Whether you play at a land-based casino or online on the couch, Texas Hold’em poker is an entertaining game. The differences are mainly the time it takes to play but also the technology you should use differs markedly.
To cover everything, we start from the beginning.
Unlike casino games such as slots and video poker, you always play against
other players. No money is added from any place other than other players except
with guarantee tournaments where the house stands for a guaranteed amount as a
total prize pool. It is thus a zero-sum game and the only thing that is added
to Texas Hold’em online is a random number generator and graphical interface
online or dealer and physical room.
The game mechanics are the same no matter where you
play, live or online. You get two hole cards from a standard 52-card deck that
are visible only to you. Using these and the five community cards, you will
form the best five-card hand according to a given hand ranking. You do not have
to use either of the two hole cards for the best five-card hand, but the goal
is simply to find the best hand.
The betting rounds go clockwise, pre-flop starts the
person sitting after the big blind but after that the person on the small blind
will start acting.
When the four betting rounds are completed – or only
one person remains as an active player – it will be time to choose the winner
of the pot. This is done by the person who last bet starting to show their dark
hole cards, then the opponents are given the opportunity to decide if they can
hit that hand. If they can hit it, they show their own dark hole cards –
otherwise they get the choice to throw them.
When the winner is given, the house takes its share of
the pot, rake. It is a small amount per pot and varies from poker network and
is payment because you play on their poker room.