Poker is one of the most popular card games played today and is played by millions of people all over the world. Thanks to exciting global tournaments like the World Series of Poker (WSOP), where millions of dollars are won and the world’s best poker players go head to head, the game is more popular than ever. Unfortunately, not everyone can play at the WSOP or even a brick and mortar casino or casino room. This is why internet poker is so huge today, and state of the art poker sites like redbet Poker are leading the way for poker enthusiasts all over the globe.
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A Brief History of Poker
No one really quite knows where the game of poker originated from but many experts believe that the game was derived from a number of different games, taking the best aspects of each. For example, during the 16th century, a game called As Nas was popular in Persia (modern day Iran) which was played with 20 cards and featured bluffing as a key component of the game. Another European card game called Primero, which was also popular around the same time in England, used a variety of hand values that players could bet on including pairs, three of a kind and three of the same suit. Interestingly, getting three of the same suit was called a ‘flux’, which still exists today in modern poker as a ‘flush’.
Still other games can be found with clear evidence of a lineage that links to modern poker, including another popular English card game, this time from the 18th century called Brag, as well as from a popular German card game from around the same time called Pochen, which in German means to bluff. It is quite easy to see where the modern game of poker could have gotten its name from, although another French card game called Poque could also have contributed to this.
In point of fact, the game of poque was carried over to the new world by French colonialists who began to settle in the Louisiana Territory during the 1700’s. As the game spread, thanks largely to traders and entrepreneurs moving along the Mississippi River, the game slowly evolved into poker as we know it today, played with a standard 52 card deck.
The game known as Texas Hold’em, arguably the most popular version of poker today, first began to appear in the early part of the 20th century and was played extensively in mostly southern states of the US, most notably (and as the name suggests) in the state of Texas. Naturally, there were other versions of poker, such as Stud Poker, being played all over the US, including in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. However, by the time the 1970’s rolled around, the game of Texas Hold’em was beginning to supplant other popular varieties of poker, thanks largely to the game being adopted by the 1970 World Series of Poker event as the game of choice. In 1976, a book titled ‘Hold’em Poker’ by noted poker expert David Sklansky, taught average Americans how to play Texas Hold’em, helping to propel the game into households all over the nation.
How to Play Texas Hold’em Poker at redbet
Texas Hold’em is still the most popular form of poker played online and, as such, is a great version to start with at redbet. While there are several games based on the Hold’em format, learning to play Texas Hold’em will set you up to play any other variation of it.
As with most poker games, a round starts with two ‘forced bet’, known in Texas Hold’em (as well as in Omaha) as the Big Blind and the Small Blind. The reason that these two bets are necessary is that it helps to get the pot (the pool of money everyone plays for) started. Each player around the table gets a chance to be both the Big Blind and the Small Blind.
Every player will be dealt two cards and will then get a chance to make their next move in a clockwise direction around the table. There are several options open to each player at this stage:
Check – This term refers to the option of not betting in around but
can only be taken if no bet has been made in the round up to that
point. Think of checking as passing the buck to the next player.
Bet – If no one has made a bet yet in the round, you can make a bet.
After you’ve made the bet, other players around the table must then
‘call’ your bet, which basically means that they must match your bet
amount to stay in the game.
Fold – This option allows you to forfeit your hand if you feel that
there is nothing in it to compete in the round.
Call – This option is a direct response to the player that placed the
bet during the round and requires you to match the amount that the
player placed as a bet.
Raise – A raise is an option that allows you to match the bet already
placed on the table and then add more or ‘raise’ the current bet
value. All other players will then need to call (match) your raised
bet or, if they so desire, add even more to that amount which is
Texas Hold’em Hand Rankings
Before you can successfully play a game of Texas Hold’em, you will need to have a firm understanding of how the various hand combinations rank. This will tell you what you need to win a round of Hold’em.
- Royal Flush: This is the highest value hand combination in the game
and consists of Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and Ten. All these cards need
to be of the same suit.
- Straight Flush: Consists of 5 cards in sequence, all the same suit.
- Four of a Kind: Consists of 4 cards of the same value (rank). The
fifth card in a 5-card hand is called the ‘kicker’ and, in the event
of a tie, the kicker with the highest value (rank) wins.
- Full House: Consists of 3 cards of the same rank + 2 cards of another
- Flush: Consists of 5 cards of the same suit but not necessarily in
- Straight: Consists of 5 non suited cards but in sequence.
- Three of a Kind: Consists of 3 cards of the same rank + 2 kickers.
The player with the highest ranked kicker win in a tie.
- Two Pair: Consists of 2 cards of same rank + 2 more cards of the same
rank + 1 kicker.
- Pair: Consists of 2 cards of same rank + 3 unmatched/unrelated side
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