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Playing Texas Hold 'em

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This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Summary

As you can see, Hold’ Em is a deceptively simple game, and that’s most likely the reason so many people love playing it! In this chapter, you learned about Hold ’em’s betting structure, including what it means to be in the dealer position and how to post blind bets. You learned the importance of knowing how to use your seat position to your advantage, as well as how to evaluate your first two starting cards. Keep in mind that of the 169 possible starting hands, less than half are actually worth playing. In addition, the later you are to act on your cards, the more marginal hands you can play. After the Flop, it is important to carefully analyze your hand to determine your outs and percent chance of improving in order to make a more informed decision about how much (or little) to wager. As the Turn and River cards are dealt, you must re-evaluate the strength of your hand relative to how other players are betting their cards to help you decide if you should continue to make or call bets. Last, you learned how to count the number of outs that will improve your hand, and then roughly convert this number to a more usable percentage figure to help estimate your chances of making your hand and winning the pot. With all of these skills combined, you’re ready to "get the cards in the air" and play your first hand of Texas Hold ’em.

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