Rating: 6.9 Good
Popularity:7
Difficulty:Easy
Year:1810
Players: 2-10 players
Playing time: 60 minutes
Age:12+

Created by: (Uncredited), (Uncredited), René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo

Published by: (Public Domain), (Unknown), ASS Altenburger Spielkarten

Alternate Names: 'Hold em or fold em', 7-card Stud, Asterix Chez les Helvetes: Jeu de Poker, Casino Style Texas Hold'Em Poker Set, Cigar Poker

Description:

Poker is the world's most popular card game. More than 100 million people in the world enjoy playing poker on a regular basis.

With poker, you don't play just your cards, you need first to analyse and react to your opponents. It is a social strategy game and combines strategic challenges with psychological elements.

Many people tend to have a wrong perception of what poker is all about. Some think poker is all about bluffing, others think it is all about luck. Some might still see poker as a gambling game played by criminals in obscure places. Others might perceive poker as an easy way to make a fortune since that guy on TV could do it too.

So, what is poker?


Game Of Decisions

Poker is a game of decisions. And the better the decisions you make are, the higher will be the likelihood of you ending up as a winner.

One of the key skills most expert players have is the ability to read their opponents at the table. You should not only watch your opponents's body language but also their habits, tics and behaviors. This will help to make better decisions win more often.

Remember that everyone has their own unique tics and tells and it's not easy to understand it 100% right. As a general rule, remember when a player acts strong, he's probably weak and when a player acts weak, he's probably got a really strong hand.


Game Of Skill

There are many different skills you need at poker: knowledge of basic strategies, analysing your opponent, mathematical considerations and much more.

Sometimes the optimal play is a mathematical exercise such as calling all-in on a draw with the correct odds to do so.

Other times the optimal play will be a matter of narrowing down your opponent's range of hands based on the cards that were exposed before and analysing their reactions to your decisions earlier.

Poker is all about anticipating. This requires a lot of discipline, patience, guts and maybe even a lifetime to master.


Game Of Chance

Even if you play optimal and even when you have a strong hand, your opponent might still be able to get a better hand. That's the element of chance in poker.

This element of the game is sometimes is the determining factor and you can't control it.

Luck and chance can make even a professional lose from a beginner. But most of the time, it won't happen.

There is always a discussion whether poker is game of chance or a game of skill. Only one thing is sure, both elements, skill and chance, are represented in poker and none has the upper hand.

For a beginning player, the influence of chance on results will be more important than for a regular or expert player.

The influence of chance on results will be less important for someone that plays conservative, than to someone who takes easy risks, for them poker becomes more gambling.

On the other hand, there exist many professional poker players who earn their living with poker. This would never happen if it was just a game of luck.

As in every card game where players get cards from a shuffled deck of cards, there is of course luck involved. But in the long run, the luck in poker equals itself out.

If you play 1000 hands, luck will play a much smaller role than it plays in a single hand.

Common strategic aspects of poker prevail:

  • Which card combinations are good enough to play with? And when do I fold a hand?
  • How much should I bet?
  • Which emotion and body language do I have to show?
  • When should I bluff, or when do I know my oppoment is bluffing?

Brief History

The history of Poker is thought to have evolved over more than 10 centuries from various games, all involving the basic principals of ranked card and the use of "bluffing" to deceive opponents.

One popular belief is that a game similar to poker was first invented by the Chinese around 969 AD. Later the French game named "Poque" and the German game named "Pochen" became very popular in the 17 and 18th centuries. Three cards were being dealt to each player. Bluffing or betting high stakes whilst holding poor cards to deceive opponents was an integral part of the game.

During the Wild West period of United States, a saloon with a Poker table could be found in about every town. The game became extremely popular during the Civil War when the soldiers of both armies played much Poker.

In just over two centuries, poker has never looked back. Its popularity has never been as widespread nor as quickly growing as it today.

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Components

Poker is played from a standard pack of 52 cards. The cards are ranked (from high to low) Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace. (Ace can be high or low, but is usually high).

There are four suits (spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs), but no suit is higher than another.

All poker hands contain five cards, the highest hand wins.

Hands are ranked as follows: Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Two Pair, Pair, Highest Card. …



Texas Holdem is played on a single table with two to 10 players.

Each player is dealt two private cards (known as "hole cards") that belong to them alone.

Five community cards are dealt face-up, to form the "board".

A player may use these shared the cards of the board in conjunction with their own hole cards to make their highest possible poker hand.

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Game Play

The structure of Texas Hold'em can be broken up into three divisions:

  1. Setup
  2. Betting Rounds
  3. Showdown

The goal is simple: win as many chips as you can, one pot at a time. You win this pot by having the best hand or by having all other players fold before the showdown. …



General Rule: When hands tie on the rank of a pair, three of a kind, etc, the cards outside break ties following the High Card rules.

Royal Flush

An Ace high straight-flush is called a Royal Flush and is the highest natural hand.

Straight Flush

A straight flush is the best natural hand. A straight flush is a straight (5 cards in order) that are all of the same suit. An ace may either be high low (5-4-3-2-1) but a straight may not 'wraparound' such as e.g. K-A-2-3-4. …



  • Don't play every hand and fold more

    Probably the number one mistake that beginning poker players make. They play far too many hands.

    When you're just starting out playing poker, you want to play poker, and that means staying in hands that aren't very good just to be part of the action.

    But playing more doesn't mean winning more, it usually means losing more.

    If you find you're staying in half or more the hands you're dealt, you need to upgrade your starting hand requirements. …



Poker Tells that Say:

I Have a Good Hand

  • Acting Uninterested in a Hand While Still in It

    This is usually a sign of a strong hand. The player is pretending that he's not excited about his cards while he is.

  • Sighing and Shrugging

    If a player makes a show of sighing or shrugging and says things like "Oh, I guess I'll call" or even "Why am I calling?" he probably is overacting and is trying to hide a big hand. …




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