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Poker 101 for Beginners


Texas Holdem for beginners

At most Casinos, you can expect the most popular poker card game, namely Texas hold'em poker. This card game is played with a typical 52 card deck.

Texas Hold'em can be played with two players up to a max of ten players. The regular poker hand ranks apply to this game. For example a flush beats a straight. Please feel free to review my Poker Hand Ranking chart on the left toolbar.

The typical hold'em game is broken down into five categories.

The Preflop:

Starting with the dealer button, each person is dealt one card. Then a second card. Both cards are face down. After everyone receives their pocket/hole cards (the two cards face down just dealt), then betting occurs.

The Flop:

The dealer turns over three cards in the middle of the table (called "the flop"). These are community cards that each player can use to create the best hand possible out of.

The Turn:

The dealer turns over another card making four community cards called “the turn".

The River:

The dealer turns over the fifth and last community card called the river.

The Showdown:

The remaining players in the hand show their cards in order from the person who bet first. Each player uses his two cards, and the five community cards to create the best hand.

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What is Limit and No Limit Holdem?

No limit has gained popularity over the years and is a variant of poker that can be found at The Gaming Club Poker Room. Although the fundamental strategies are the same between the games, there are major differences between limit texas holdem and no limit texas holdem.

The three most common betting structures for texas holdem poker are

1. Limit Hold'em - This is the most popular. There is a fixed betting amount so if someone bets, raises, or calls the increments are predefined. For example at a $2/4 limit hold'em game you bet and raise in increments of $2 for preflop and on the flop, then $4 for the turn card and river card.

2. No Limit Hold'em - The largest tournaments in the world are always played with a no limit betting structure. The only difference between limit and no limit is that you can bet at all your chips at anytime you like. The Gaming Club Poker Room offer this structure as it proves to be popular among the more experienced players.

3. Pot Limit Hold'em - This type of holdem is in the middle of limit and no limit. The maximum that you can bet is the size of the pot.


Omaha for beginners

Most Poker Rooms offer Omaha Poker which requires its 2 to 10 Players to create the best five-card combination from a total of nine cards - the strongest combination winning the pot. As the nine cards are made up of four pocket cards and five community cards, the resulting combinations are stronger than those in other Poker games.

To play Omaha Poker is quite easy. You must have enough credits to place a blind bet and a bet. The Players to the left of the Dealer begin the game by posting blind bets. The Player on the Dealer's left posts a small blind bet, and the Player on the Small Blind's left posts a big blind bet.

Note: The Dealer's position at the table changes after every game. The dealer button (D) shows the Dealer's position at the table.
Four pocket cards are dealt to each Player.
In the first round, the Player to the Big Blind's left plays first and can either:

- Fold
- Bet
- Raise

Note: In the first round betting is capped at one bet and three raises per Player.
In the second round, three community cards are dealt. This is called the Flop. A round of betting follows and Players can either:

- Check
- Fold
- Call
- Raise

In the third round, a fourth community card is dealt. This is called the Turn. Another round of betting follows.

In the fourth round a fifth and final community card is dealt. This is called the River Card. The final round of betting follows. The remaining Players then use two of their pocket cards and three of the community cards to create the best five-card high hand possible.

Important: Winning hands must consist of two pocket cards and three community cards.

Tips

To improve your chances of winning, use the following strategies:
- Watch out for the low cards. You are looking for a high hand only.
- As there are five community cards to choose from, Straights and Flushes are common.

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7 Card Stud for Beginners

Most  Poker Rooms offers players 7-Card Stud Poker. It is a game for between 2 to 8 Players, requiring both patience and skill. Five rounds of betting take place during each hand, with the maximum bet being doubled after the third round - inevitably leading to large pots that are won by the Player with the best hand.

How to Play the Game

Note: To play 7-Card Stud Poker you must have enough credits to place an ante and a bet.
Place an ante on the table.

Note:
The ante amount is set by the card room.

There is no ante amount when the game stakes are $0.50/$1.00.
You are dealt three cards: two pocket cards and one visible card.
The Player with the lowest card must bring-in the betting.
A round of betting begins. Players can either:
- Fold
- Call
- Raise
- Check
After all the Players have contributed the same amount into the pot, the Fourth Street betting begins.
The bet amounts are raised to the high limit in the Fifth Street and Sixth Street.
The last phase of Seven Card Stud Poker is the Seventh Street. The outcome of the game is determined in this phase.

Tips
- A big pair is worth betting on, unless another Player is betting aggressively on what seems to be a very good hand.
- Fifth Street is a make-or-break point. As the bet amount doubles each round, ensure your hand can produce a win at the end of the game. This will minimize your loss.
- It is advisable to fold if another Player's exposed cards beat your entire hand.
- If you are trying to complete a Straight, check to see if the cards you need are displayed by another Player. You can then adjust your strategy accordingly.
- Fold when necessary. 7-Card Stud Poker is a game of patience, so do not bet all your money on losing hands.

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Gaming Club Poker Room vs. Traditional card rooms

Playing Texas Hold’em Online is technically the same as playing in an offline environment. You won't find many differences in rules between the poker games you find in a typical card room.

Poker Rooms offer the opportunity to learn how to play Poker where most likely you won't have to learn any new rules to play at a Card Room. In fact there are several advantages of playing online at The Gaming Club Poker Room. These include;

- Playing for fun,
- Small limits,
- More hands per hour,
- Comfort,
- Tournaments,
- Anonymity.

Playing Poker For Fun - Brick and mortar card rooms do not allow you to play for fun. This is one feature that The Gaming Club Poker Room has in their favor. You can actually get a feel for the game before you risk any real money.

Micro Small Limit Texas Holdem: If you’re a beginner, the The Gaming Club Poker offer micro limits which is a step up from the free games. Because people are wager for real money, it becomes a more realistic perspective of Poker. This offers lower risk to beginners as the The Gaming Club Poker limits are as low as .05/10 cents!

More Hand Per Hour: For the more advanced player who want to capitalize on as many hands as possible, The Gaming Club Poker Room’s mini view feature, offers simultaneous game play (4 tables at the same time). This gives you more games more often.

Comfort And Convenience: Comfort is key by playing at The Gaming Club Poker Room. It is much more relaxing to sit in your own home, in your own chair and play then it is to sit in a casino. The Gaming Club Poker Room offers Convenience by playing from home. Games are available 24/7 and you rarely have to wait more then a few minutes to find a seat.

Online Freeroll and Regular Holdem Tournaments:

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Anonymity/Lack of Embarrassment: Playing at the The Gaming Club Poker Room, you won't have to actually see anyone and they don't have to see you. If you make some mistakes, the embarrassment isn't half of what it is when you play in real life.

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                                              Poker Terms

 

All-in
An all-in occurs when you do not have enough money to cover the full bet amount, and so place your remaining money into the pot. You then contend for the pot in an amount proportional to what you have contributed.

Note:
You are considered all-in when you are disconnected from the The Gaming Club Poker Room during the play of a hand. This is to ensure that you are not penalised during disconnection.


Ante
An ante is the minimum bet that each Player must place into the pot before betting begins. The ante is placed before any cards are dealt.


Big Blind
The first bet posted by the Player to the left of the Player who posts the small blind. It is a forced bet, and its amount is equal to the lower bet. For example, in a $10 - $20 game, the big blind is $10.


Big Pair
A pair with a value of 10 or greater.


Blind Bet
Note:
This is only applicable to the following games:
Texas Hold'em
Omaha
Omaha Hi-lo
1-on-1

A blind bet is the first bet placed by each Player. It is a forced bet and is placed before any cards are dealt. It is considered a live bet for the first round of betting. Both big blind and small blind bets occur in the first round of betting.
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Bring-in
A mandatory bet made by the Player with the lowest card in the Third Street (the first round of betting).


Buy-in Amount
The amount you must bring into a game.


Buy-in Limit
The term used to describe the minimum amount required to buy into a 1-on-1 game.

Note:
This is also applicable to Seven Card Stud Poker.


Call
A call occurs when a bet equal to the previous bet is placed.


Cap
Once the betting has been raised three times in one round, it is then capped, or limited. From this point Players may only call (place a bet equal to the previous bet) or fold.


Check
Clicking the check button allows you to stay in a game without placing any bets. Note that you can only check if no other bets have been placed in the betting round.


Coffeehousing
Any chat between Players that goes towards misleading or manipulating other Players is termed 'coffeehousing', and is strictly prohibited.


Community Cards
These are the cards dealt to the table - the cards that each Player uses to complete their five-card hand.


Dealer button
Marked with a D, the dealer button is the disk used to signify the Dealer's position on the table.
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Equalized
A game is equalized once all the Players have contributed the same amount of credits to the pot.


Fifth Street
The third round of betting is termed the 'Fifth Street' as the Players each have five cards.

The following applies to the Fifth Street:
Bet amounts are set at the highest limit.
Note: Betting limits are set by the card room.

The Player with the highest ranking hand begins the next round of betting.


Note:
This is applicable to Seven-Card Stud Poker.


Flop
These are the first three community cards dealt to the table.

Note:
This term is applicable to the following games:
Texas Hold'em
Omaha
Omaha Hi-Lo


Fold
Players fold when they throw in their cards. Once a Player has folded they automatically relinquish their claim on the pot in exchange for not making any further contributions towards it.


Fourth Street
The second round of betting is the 'Fourth Street' as each Player has four cards. This is particularly applicable to Seven Card Stud Poker.

The following applies to the Fourth Street:
The Player with the highest ranking hand begins the next round of betting.
Players can Fold, Call, Raise or Check.

Note:
If the highest ranking hand is a Pair, the first Player to bet has the option to bet either the low or high betting limit. This becomes the raise amount for the rest of the game. The other Players must follow this amount when they raise their bets.
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Live Blinds
These are blind bets that are in play.



Example:
Player A posts a small blind bet. Player B joins the game and posts a big blind bet. Player A must now equalize the betting as the big blind bet is in play and is live.


Lowest Card
The card that has the lowest value (keep in mind that aces are high). If two Players have the same lowest card, the value is determined by suit. Suits are arranged in alphabetical order from lowest to highest value - Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts and Spades.


Muck
If a Player does not wish to show his losing hand to the table, he can choose to muck. The hand will then be discarded without being displayed to the table.


Pocket Cards
The cards that are dealt face down to each Player are known as pocket cards.


Post Now
'Post now' is a choice given to new Players when they join a game. They can choose to either post now, or wait for the big blind bet. If they decide to post now, they bet the equivalent of a big blind bet and receive cards immediately.

Pot
The pot is the pile of chips that accumulate as each Player antes, bets and raises. All winnings are paid from the pot. The value of the pot varies - it is dependant on the stakes involved and the amount that the Players bet. The pot goes to the winner of the hands in each round.

Note:

The House takes a small percentage of the pot.
If two or more Players have the same winning hand, they split the pot equally.
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Quartered
When Players tie with either a high or a low hand, their winnings equal a quarter of the pot.

Note:
This is Applicable to Omaha Hi/Lo Poker.


Raise
The purpose of a raise is to increase the stakes for the remaining Players at the table. To raise a bet, it must first be matched, then increased.


River Card
The final community card dealt is known as the River Card.


Runs
A run is a betting cycle around the table. A cycle from the first Player to the last Player is considered one run.


Seventh Street
The fifth and final round of betting is the 'Seventh Street' as each Player has seven cards.

Note:
This is applicable to Seven Card Stud Poker.

The following applies to the Seventh Street:
The River Card is dealt face down.
The Player that played first on the Sixth Street plays first on the Seventh Street.
If there is more than one Player left in the game after another round of betting, the game is resolved by means of a showdown.
Each Player exposes the best five-card hand possible.
The winner is awarded the pot.


Showdown
This occurs after the last betting round when the remaining Players compare hands to determine the winner. The Player with the highest-value hand wins the pot.


Sitting Out
A Player 'sits out' when he chooses to leave the table for a short period of time.

Note:
If a Player sits out for more than fifteen minutes, or has missed two rounds of blinds, they are removed from the table.
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Sixth Street

The fourth round of betting is the 'Sixth Street' as each Player has six cards.

Note:
This is applicable to Seven Card Stud Poker.

The following applies to the Sixth Street:
Bet amounts are set at the highest limit.
The Player with the highest ranking hand begins the next round of betting.

Note:
Betting limits are set by the card room.


Small Blind
A small blind is the first bet posted by the Player to the Dealer's left. It is a forced bet, and its amount is equal to half of the lower bet. For example, in a $10 - $20 game, the small blind is $5.


Street
This is the term assigned to the various stages of betting. Betting begins on the Third Street, and continues to the Seventh Street, making five rounds of betting in total.

Note:
This is applicable to Seven Card Stud Poker.


Third Street
Note:
This is applicable to Seven-Card Stud Poker.

The first round of betting is the 'Third Street' as each Player has three cards. The Player with the lowest card displayed brings-in the betting in this round.


Turn
A turn is the fourth community card dealt.

Note:
This is applicable to the following games:
Texas Hold'em
Omaha
Omaha Hi-Lo


Visible Cards
These are the cards that are dealt face up to each Player. Players use these cards to complete their five-card combinations.
 

 

 

 

 

Poker 101 for Beginners