Texas Hold’em is the most popular casino online. This game involves between two blinds and a dealer button. A random card is dealt with each player from the deck, before beginning a game. The player with the highest card is selected to be the dealer. If there are two of the same value cards, then the card with the most top-ranked suit wins.
There are several parts to the Texas Hold’em strategy. Although luck is one part of the game, still experience, self-esteemed, and skilled player, plays a significant role. The technical approach is to play strong with full disciplined. Texas Hold’em Poker strategy depends upon the player position in betting round. At play, take all the raises you can get. If you don’t think about the competition, you may reduce your chances of winning.
Poker Hand Rankings
There are two ways you can win Texas Hold’em poker. The first way is to make all your opponents fold down and quit the game and the second way is to have the strongest hand in showdown. Precisely the second option is going to be our mission in this lesson. A hand is determined by the strength of the cards you have. You will combine the hole cards you have in front of you and 5 community cards. Bear in mind that you can use both or just one or none of the hole cards.
We must add that suits in poker don’t have different values. What this means is that all suits are identical in the term of ‘’strength’’. As such, there is no need to define them or to explain to them which will make the lesson more complicated.
Texas holdem hands
In poker, a strength of a hand is determined by how common or rare that hand is. Obviously, more common hands are weaker compared to rarer hands. Anyway, we will explain all 9 hands you can possibly have.
- A high card
It is the most common hand in poker and it is determined by the highest card you have among 5 cards. For example, if you have 1-4 and a king, the king will be the high card. It is defeated by the high ace. This hand is possible when you don’t have a pair, flush or any other hand.
If or when two players have the same card, in our case a king, the second highest card also known as a kicker is used. A player who has the higher second card is a winner.
- A pair or one pair
This hand is relatively common and it is possible when you have two cards of the same value. The best combo is two aces, due to the fact aces are the highest card in poker. In a case two players have a pair of aces, the second highest card will determine the outcome.
- 2 pairs
When you have two pairs of the cards you have a better or stronger hand than a single pair. Always look at the highest value par due to the fact it will determine the outcome. For example, a pair of aces and 4s is better than a pair of king and queens.
When two players have the same 2 pairs, you will have to take a look at the fifth card. The highest one will make a difference.
- Three cards of the same value (three of a kind)
When a player has three cards of the same value, regardless of the value, he has three of a kind. You can have just one card in front of you, among hole cards and the two among the community cards. This is known as trips. A set is when you have two cards of the same value and you make a three of a kind by using a single card from the community cards.
It is important to add that set is more preferable outcome than trips, because it is more likely that your opponent has a stronger combination of the cards when you have trips. He may also have a full house, for example.
Straight is probably the most appealing hand you can have. It is used when a player has 5 consecutive cards. For example, you can have 9-king. If two players have straight, the one with the highest card will win.
Flush is one of poker terms that has been extremely popular in the movies and TV shows. It is possible when a player has 5 non-consecutive cards of the same suit. It is irrelevant which cards you have, only the suit must be the same. Once again, all suits are ranked equally.
Nut flush is possible as well. This is the highest possible variation of the flush, typically involving the ace. When both players have flush, the highest card will win.
- Full house
When you have a pair + three of a kind you have a full house. For example, if you have 3 aces and 2 eights, you will have ‘’aces full of eights’’. The rank of the three of a kind will make a difference if more than just one player has a full house. Aces are the highest possible outcome and commonly preferable option.
- Quads or four of a kind
Four of a kind is a rare hand and as the name suggests, it involves two pairs of cards with the same value. If two players have the same hand, then the highest card value of the pairs wins. If both players have the same cards, the 5th card will determine the result. However, this is extremely rare in poker.
- Straight flush
As you may believe, this is a combination of the two hands mentioned above. You will need 5 consecutive cards all with the same suit. If two or more players have a straight flush, the highest ranking card wins, which is ace in this case scenario. There is one additional sub-hand you will want to memorize. It is:
- Royal flush- You will need all the cards between 10 and the ace in order to have royal flush. There is no need to tell you that all the cards must have the same suit. It is very rare and powerful hand!
Split pot is used at the end of showdown if two players have the same hand. In that case scenario, pot is divided into two equal parts and give to each player. For instance, if the first player has one ace and the second player has 8, but on the table are ace, two 8ths, 2 and 5 both players will have two pairs. This is the case when split pot is used.
A player one gets 4 and 5 cards while the second player gets a single ace. On the table are 8-queen cards. Both players have straight.
Split pot is very common in poker, especially in Texas Hold’em and it is always used when two players start with the same cards like 5 and 6 for example.
You will want to learn what a kicker card is. It is the next card besides the hand. It is used to determine a winner when both players have the same hand. You don’t have to use a special card for this purpose or to pay close attention to the kicker, but it can be more than just useful.
Kicker is used in hands which don’t include all 5 cards such as a pair or three of a kind and etc. It is the next most important card in the hand.
All of this will need some time to be memorized, so take as much time as needed. This is the pure base of Texas Hold’em poker and the most important part which is essential for winning the game.
Two pairs is a stronger hand than a pair?
Four of a kind is the strongest hand?
Full house is stronger than flush?
Straight is stronger than two pairs?