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Also known as Community Poker, of the 5 cards you need to make a good hand and win the bet, 2 are given to players and 5 are put at the table, making them visible and accessible to all participants.

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Texas Hold'em Online The goal of Poker Texas Hold'em game is to win the pot, that is, to take the sum of the other players' bets. The pot is won during the Showdown by the best hand (highest combination of 5 cards out of the 7 possible), or by the withdrawal of all the other players.

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Definitions

Hand
Set of 5 cards that each player has (2 from the hand + 3 community cards); the hands are compared following a ranking of standard values (see Score) and, in each round, they determine the players who are stronger and weaker.
Jackpot
Sum of the bet values made by the players during a hand
Drop or Ante
These are the fees that each player must pay to stay at the table (like the drops in traditional poker). In each game, only one person will pay the Small Blind and another person will pay the Big Blind.
  • - Small Blind is worth half the value of the Big Blind; It is paid by the player to the left of the dealer.
  • - Big Blind is the fee at its full price; is paid by the person to the left of whom has paid the Small Blind. As the Dealer is always the person to the left of the last dealer, the players who pay the Blinds always vary to the left during the game.
Bet
Putting into play an amount equal to or greater than the minimum amount, and equal to or less than the table bet limit (if there is any). Bet.
Call
Deposit an amount equal to that wagered by the 1st player; also known as Call or Bet the Pot.
Raise bet
Depositing a higher amount than what was wagered, requiring the following players to cover their bet or fold; also known as Raise or Raise the Pot.
Run
Give up playing a hand so you don't lose anymore; if the player has already bet any chip, it stays in the pot; also known as Fold, Pass or Drop.
Check/Pass
Refrain from betting by passing the turn, but without running. This option is only given to the current player, and only if he is the first to bet, or if the others that came before also asked to "fold
Bluff
Place or raise a bet in possession of a weak or zero hand, in the hope that other players believe you have the best hand of the round and ask to run, leaving the round.To bluff.
Showdown
Moment when everyone who stayed at the table shows their cards (hands); whoever has the best combination wins the game and the entire stake. The exception is if everyone, but one person, passes. In this case, whoever stayed at the table wins the total bet but does not show their cards. In the case of a tie, the value is divided equally among the winners.
All-In
When a player uses all the chips to bet or to cover a bet of equal or greater value. In doing so the player remains in the game, but if he wins he takes the amount he deposited multiplied by the number of players who finished the game. The rest is contested by the hands of the other players.
Kicker
Card that is not part of the hand, but that serves to break a tie.

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Some basic concepts used to develop your strategy in Texas Hold'em

  1. See how your position at the table can benefit or harm you.

    Your position at the table is always relative to that of the Dealer in the betting rounds. This is one of the reasons why the Dealer rotates, so that everyone can have equal time in all positions.

    • Starting positions: players in the three positions to the left of the Dealer are in early position, considered to be the worst positions in the game, as you have to play before you know the hand of other players, making it difficult to decide between BET, RAISE or PASS. In these positions, it is always best to bet on the best hands.
    • Intermediate positions: players in middle positions have the advantage of seeing players' hands in early positions before acting. Overall, in this position you can risk a little more, without losing caution.
    • Final positions: the best position at the table is always the final position, which comprises the dealer (identified as 'button') and the player on his right (known as the 'cutoff'), positions where you have much more information about the hands at the table, and can better assess what to do before calling, raising or passing. The Dealer's position is the most desired on the Flop and in the following plays, because you will always be the last player in each betting round, and you can play better because of this advantage. And if no one bets in the round, players in the final position can win the pot by betting any amount, even if they bluff from time to time.
  2. Learn which are the best hands to play in each position:

    - Starting positions, play only:
    High pair cards: A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J
    High suited cards: A-K, A-Q, K-Q, A-J, K-J, Q-J, J-10
    High cards with different suits: A-K, A-Q, K-Q

    - Intermediate positions, play:
    High suited cards: A-10, K-10, Q-10
    High cards with different suits: A-J, J-10, K-J, etc.
    Intermediate even cards: 10-10, 9-9, 8-8

    - Final positions, play:
    Numeral cards with the same suit, such as 9-10, 7-8, etc.
    Low pairs up to 2-2
    A-8, A-6

The 10 best starting hands in Texas Hold'em

# Hand If you start with these combinations, the game starts well for you:
1. A-A It is the best hand to start the game, period. With it, you have more chances to win than any other. Also known as 'American Airlines' (AA).
2. K-K Second best hand and very powerful. Two Kings, known as 'cowboys', are only surpassed by two Aces.
3. Q-Q Two queens makes a strong hand. Of course, Kings and Aces outnumber the two 'ladies', but they are still above Jacks and numbers.
4. A-K Ace with King is a strong, but complicated hand. The flop needs to work in your favor in order to form a straight or flush, to give you a pair of aces or kings, so that this hand becomes beneficial to you. If they are of the same suit, even better, you can make the biggest flush possible more easily.
5. J-J Two jacks will win almost 20% of the time. But be careful if the Flop reveals a Queen, King or Ace. Outside of that, you got things going for you.
6. A-Q Ace and Queen, good hand to improve your game, and if they are of the same suit, they win 20% of the time.
7. K-Q King and Queen, even better if they are of the same suit, is a great hand that you should only fear if any Ace appears on the table.
8. A-J Ace and Jack, another good hand, even better if they are of the same suit.
9. K-J King and Jack, especially in late game, is a good hand, but it does not outperform the previous ones and motivates big raises in bets. Statistically, if the cards have the same suit, they win almost 19% of the time. If the suits are different, it falls to about 15% of the winning bets.
10. A-10 Ace and 10 is still an acceptable hand, you have the Ace and you can make a Straight if the J-Q-K happens to be on the table. But beware of high stakes, especially if the suits are different, because if you end up with only the pair of Aces, you could lose to Kicker.
Source: About.Poker | Top 10 best Hold'em Poker Hands

The 10 worst starting hands in Texas Hold'em

# Hand If you fold with these hands, you start the game at a disadvantage:
1. 44014 The worst hand, no doubt. The lowest cards that do not allow even a straight, as there are four cards between 2 and 7. Even if they have the same suit, they would only allow a very low value Flush. And even if they do make a pair, they will be of low value too.
2. 2-8 Similar problem to the previous one, just changing the 7 by the 8. Even if they are of the same suit, it is a very weak hand.
3. 3-8 This hand ties in its weakness, although the 3 makes this hand win over the two indicated above, you will still not be able to make a Straight. Its even worse with 3-7.
4. 2-6 Nothing big with that hand. If the table gives you a miraculous 3-4-5 and you make a Straight, you just need someone to come up with a mere 6-7 and you hit your hand. And even if you make a Flush, another player will probably have a bigger Flush. Even against only 4 players, this hand loses 90% of the time :(
5. 2-9
3-9
4-9
The only good thing in those hands is the 9. If it matches, you will have an intermediate hand, but it can still be beaten by any player with a 10, V, Q, K or A. And don't get carried away by a table full of low-value cards, because you still may lose your bet. The gap between these cards cannot be filled in sequence. Be careful.
6. 44106 This hand has a legendary quality because player Doyle Brunson has managed to win the World Series of Poker bracelet twice with it. But it is not a good hand for the beginners. Unless you consider yourself Doyle's heir.
7. 5-9 Players like this hand, known as "Dolly Parton", an American country singer who immortalized the song "9 to 5". But if you're playing for real, it's not a good idea to play it just because a hand is known by a funny nickname. In the course of the game, that hand is statistically bad.
8. 4-7
4-8
5-8
3-6
...
These hands rarely win, especially if the suits are not the same. Yes, even in the "Small Blind". If you see two low cards on the table, ignore them. Simple as that. Unless you are in the "Big Blind" and can pass the Flop for free, choose to pass.
9. J, Q or
K + 2, 3, etc.
Cards with faces + low numerals and different suits are one of the most common mistakes among beginners and, for the most part, will result in losses. Even if you win some hands, a player will show up with a kicker to ruin your game.
10. A + 2, 3, etc. Ace + low numerals of different suits is another common mistake. You can win occasionally, but at a table with 4 players or more, it should not be played, especially if there was an increase in the bet before your turn. Certainly some player will show up with an ace + number higher than yours.
Source: About.Poker | Top 10 worst starting hands in Texas Hold'em"
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