# 4 Ways to Play Texas Hold'em

Risking it all (all in), friends? Texas Hold'em is a popular type of poker game in which each player gets two cards and must combine the cards dealt with five other cards to make the best card combination. Increasing the bet amount accompanied by a bluff is a big part of this game, as the player raises the bet and chooses whether to participate in the bet or not, depending on the chances of winning when all cards are exposed. Hold'em is a variation of poker that is often played in casinos and in tournament shows such as the World Series of Poker. The online version of poker is also very popular, but really all it takes to play is a few friends and a deck of cards.

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### Method 1 of 4: Playing Poker

#### Step 1. Determine the bank

Choose a trusted player, or an outsider (who doesn't bet) to collect and count the money or whatever you bet, and convert it to poker coins for each player. If you are not playing for money, then the bank must distribute the same number of coins to each player. There are several ways to organize this game.

• Players may not re-enter, with the winner getting the total bet. In this version, each player participates in the game for a set amount of bets-perhaps sixty thousand rupiah for a casual bet, or around one million rupiah for a more serious bet. There is no limit to the number of coins that can be bet-you can bet everything (all in)- but if a player runs out of coins, he must exit the game and not be allowed to re-enter with any other coins. In these tournaments, players are usually sidelined one by one until the last player wins all bets.
• There is a limit, but the player can quit at any time. In this game the bet at each stage is limited in number, but the player can buy more whenever he wants. The player can stop betting whenever he wants, without having to go through the elimination process. Often a player stops betting when he wins and cashes out his winnings.

#### Step 2. Determine the dealer

Give the dealer a "button" coin and a standard pack of cards (52 cards without joker). The dealer shuffles the cards and always deals to his left, clockwise. After dealing the cards to the left, the button coins will move to the left and the work of dividing the cards moves in order.

#### Step 3. Do the ante

Have each player submit an "ante"--which is the minimum bet before they see their cards. This isn't mandatory, but it can help keep the game running smoothly and bets are always in the right amount.

#### Step 4. Determine the small blind and the big blind

The player to the left of the dealer is called the small blind and must play half of the minimum bet. The next player after the player on the left is the big blind, who plays the full minimum bet. Real bets start with the player to the left of the big blind.

#### Step 5. Deal each player two cards face down

Deal the cards one by one, starting from the left of the dealer, and ending at the dealer. Players can see their own cards and must keep them face down. There are two kinds of cards, namely "hole" or "pocket" cards, and each player expects the first two cards dealt to be the best combination with the other cards.

#### Step 6. Take a bet (call), raise (raise), or fold (fold) depending on the card in your hand (pocket card)

Starting with the player to the left of the big blind, each player must call or raise the current bet amount to stay in the bet. If a player chooses to raise the bet, the next player must join or raise the new bet, etc. Raising bets must often match the order (scale) of the minimum bet (from the big blind). If players think that the cards they have are not good, then they can fold and sit and wait until the bet is finished. The bet goes clockwise until each player either joins (calls) or exits the bet (fold). If a player makes a bet and no other player calls, then the bet ends and that player wins all the bet money.

### When the bet goes around the table and returns to the player's big blind or small blind, then this player has deducted their coins that have been used to participate in the specified bet. So, if no player bets more than the smallest (minimum) bet, then the big blind player has the option of increasing the bet amount or staying on the bet amount without increasing it

#### Step 7. Deal the cards "the flop", three cards are placed on the table, where each player can see the cards

These cards are also known as community cards which determine the winning bets for the players and are used to make combinations with the cards in their hands (pocket cards).

### Before dealing the "flop", or next card, the dealer must discard or "burn", the top card of the remaining deck of cards face down to prevent cheating

#### Step 8. Bet, check, or fold

There is an additional round, this time with no blinds starting with the player to the left of the shuffler. Players bet on the total of the two face-down cards in their hand and the three community cards that are face-up to the dealer.

### If no player has raised the bet, the player can do a pass (check) without increasing the bet. If no one raises the bet, then the game continues, but if there is a player who raises the bet amount, then the player who made the pass must increase his bet to stay in the game

#### Step 9. Turn "the turn" and play one more round

The turn is the fourth community card drawn open by the dealer. Now players can evaluate their chances of winning based on the best five-card combination -- with two at their disposal and four community cards -- while knowing that there is one additional community card that can improve the combination. A player without good combinations at this stage may be better off withdrawing from the game, unless he wishes he could bluff his opponent into retreating.

#### Step 10. Deal the last community card, "the river" and play the last round of betting

Since the river is the last card, players will bet on the best five cards out of a total of seven--the cards in your hand won't change, so back off now if you're sure you won't win. Again, if a player places a bet that no other player will respond to, he will win without having to open his cards.

#### Step 11. Show your card at "the showdown"

Assuming that there will be at least two players who fold in the last round, the remaining players open both of their hands (pocket cards), starting with the last player to make a bet and going reverse clockwise. Each player announces the five cards in their hand. The player who has the highest value card wins the bet (total coins bet in this round).

#### Step 12. Turn the dial, shuffle the cards and play again

Hold'em poker usually continues until most players are either defeated or out and either a winner has all the coins or the remaining players decide to split the bet as much as they have won.

### Method 2 of 4: Understanding Poker Cards

#### Step 1. Understand the 10 basics of the game of poker

Poker is based on the value levels of several different card combinations. The holder with the best combination wins. Below are some standard card combinations from lowest to highest.

#### Step 2. High cards

When you don't hold any combination, the card value is based on the highest card, with 7 being the lowest number and aces being the highest.

#### Step 3. A pair

Two cards that have the same number. For example: 3(♠) - J(♣) - J(♥) - 2(♥) - 5(♦) has a pair of Jacks.

#### Step 4. Two pairs

Two pairs of cards with the same number. For example: 4(♥) - 4(♦) - 9(♠) - 9(♣) - A(♠) has two pairs of the same card which are 4 and 9.

#### Step 5. Three of a kind

Three cards of the same number. For example: 6(♣) - 6(♦) - 6(♠) - 3(♠) - J(♣) has three 6.

#### Step 6. Straight

Five cards in a row with different character images. For example: 5(♣) - 6(♠) - 7(♣) - 8(♦) - 9(♥) is a straight line.

#### Step 7. Flush

Five cards with the same character image. For example: 5(♥) - 7(♥) - 9(♥) - J(♥) - Q(♥) is a flush because it has the same character image (heart).

#### Step 8. Full House

Three of the same card are paired with two of the same card. For example: 7(♥) - 7(♣) - 7(♠) - Q(♥) - Q(♦) is a full house card.

#### Step 9. Four of a Kind

Four of the same card with the same number. For example: J(♥) - J(♠) - J(♣) - J(♦) - 5(♣) is a four of a kind

#### Step 10. Straight Flush

The highest possible combination in poker. Same as sequence (straight), but all cards have the same character image. For example: 3(♥) - 4(♥) - 5(♥) - 6(♥) - 7(♥) is a straight flush.

#### Step 11. Royal Flush – Same as straight flush, but the cards consist of an ace, king (king), queen (queen), prince (jack)

For example: 10(♣) - J(♣) - Q(♣) - K(♣) - A(♣)

#### Step 12. Compare cards of equal value

If in the game there are two people in a showdown session with the same two cards, the winner of the bet is determined by whose card has the highest number. Below is an example of the rule:

• A pair of cards with the number 9 beats a pair of cards with the number 4
• Two pairs of princes (jack) and 2 beat two pairs of 7 and 5
• A sequence card (straight) until a queen card beats a sequence card that only reaches 10
• An ace-high flush beats a king-high flush.
• If both players have a combination card of the same value, the card holder with the higher extra card wins. For example, a pair of 8 cards with remaining aces beats a pair of 8 cards with 10 cards remaining.

### Method 3 of 4: Knowing the Angle Strategy

#### Step 1. Bet everything (all in)

If you are very confident that the cards in your hand can beat all players, or you believe that no other player can match your cards, you can put all your coins in the bet- and make a bold move. If you have more poker coins than other players, you can force them to bet all their poker coins by betting a certain number of coins according to the number of poker coins they have. If there is only one player taking part in the bet, each player shows the cards in their hand and the remaining community cards are dealt.

• In a tournament, if you only have 5 big blinds or ante, you will lose after 5 rounds at the table. So you have to bet it all pre-flop with pretty good hands, hoping to get double or everyone give up. If you only have 5 blinds and an ante, just pick a blind and an ante which means a 20 percent increase for you (this is pretty big). So, for example, you have a pair, ace, king, or two face cards, consider betting all of them before the flop (if none has come in yet).
• You have fewer chips than other players and against the blind/ante. If betting large amounts will put half your chips or more into the pot, it's a good idea to bet all of them at once to appear strong and can apply maximum pressure. Even if you have a nut (best flop), don't try to slow-bet and increase the minimum bet amount. Opponents who can observe you will be suspicious, why don't you bet all at once if you have a strong hand. In any case, your opponent will likely interpret your choice to bet all with few chips as an act of desperation and increase the bet if their cards are good enough.
• If your chips are more than enough for the opponent who placed the highest bet on the table, you might be able to force him to risk it all by betting the same amount (you might say all in). If no other player is betting and the player with fewer chips does not back down, both will open their cards at showdown. That way, the remaining community cards will be dealt one by one without betting on each one (because the player who bet all of them has no more chips). If another player wins, it means you double the bet. However, you also have the opportunity to make it home.

#### Step 2. Make a side bet

If one player bets all of their coins, the other players who take part in the bet and have more poker coins can make additional bets with the others. This is called a “side pot”. One new bet is made for the other players until all players have staked all their coins (all in). The total bet that a player can win is the amount of the bet they bet when staking all their coins (all in. While other players can bet with each other with different betting containers. In the showdown session (a session showing cards) the main bet is won by the player who has the best card and the other bets are won by other players who bet (making side bets).

• If your cards are good enough, for example, QA, and the player with fewer chips has risked it all, possibly as a bluff or semi-bluff, you can also increase the bet amount as a separate game (some players may add bets and bet more even if they don't have any). good card, like QQ). Your moves will help isolate players with fewer chips to risk everything even with weaker cards than you.
• If one of the players has risked everything and there is no money in the side pot yet, try skipping your turn, unless your cards improve. With no money in side pots to play with, it makes no sense to bully other players and increase the chances of winning the player who staked it all. Skipping the hand down will maximize your chances of eliminating the player with fewer chips and already risking everything. This is known as cooperation play.

"The order of betting is slightly different when the game is played by only two players. The player with the dealer is in the small blind and the opponent is the big blind. The small blind is the first person to bet in each betting round.

### Method 4 of 4: Mastering Strategy

#### Step 1. Bully your opponent

Bluffing is pretending that your cards are better than other players, and raising bets aggressively to force other players to fold - the result is winning bets with low or medium cards. Bluffing is risky, however, as you never know when your opponent has a card good enough to take the bet (call) throughout the game until the last round.

#### Step 2. Try semi-bluffing

If you have a card that is likely to win, such as an AK of spades, as well as two cards of spades on the table, you might be able to bet or increase your bet and get a flush. Semi bluffs tend to be higher odds than full bluffs, giving you two or more ways to win. (1) Your opponent may back down on your flop bet, or (2) they will also bet, but you can bet again to win the hand (though it won't make anyone back down, and seems like a continuous bet), or (3) your cards are exposed and you have to bet again (it's expensive, but not as big as risking everything).

#### Step 3. Try slow-play, especially on monster cards

If you get a monster flop or the nuts (best flop for your hand) or at least a trip, skip the turn and increase the bet to trigger a bluff because you will appear weak or have a weak hand. Your opponent will probably get a weak card. Slow play is suitable for aggressive players and may bluff if someone appears to have bad cards. If you flop a full house and bet while everyone else is backing out, you'll only get a small payoff. So skip your turn and let them play first while you try to get a fourth or fifth card. However, be careful. Do not let you look slow-play and pass many opponents to see the cards. For example, if you have a card T(♥) - T(♠), and the flop is open T(♣) - 9(♦) - 3(♣) for "T trips", and you only have 3 opponents or more. Don't try slow play sets or trips, especially if you increase your bet before the flop and are known to bet constantly. Bet on the third pot for a flush or straight, or play to open the next card.

#### Step 4. Try intimidating to win (not the most popular)

Intimidation of other players (as long as you follow the rules of the tournament). Keep guessing your opponent's starting position and theorizing about their cards while betting. Without breaking the rules. Boasting stories about getting nuts is stupid, but it will distract them. Keep talking a lot, analyzing bets a lot, and guessing how your opponents are strategizing and the cards they hold while observing each other's reactions and knowing who is ahead of you.

• Speak without interrupting the game when someone loses to you, "How do you bet on Jack, and ten", and things like "Why do you spend money and time on the Queen, ouch…" Don't expect an answer. However, don't interrupt the game. Ask everything that makes sense. Ask everything about the game only if you are faced with it when you seem to be deciding how much to bet and should you back out. Ask players with fewer chips a reasonable question, such as "Do you want me to bet? or back out?" then continue with "If you want me to bet, I'll probably back out. Honestly, what do you want me to do, back out? Yeah, back out? Back off right?". After that, your opponent will retreat with a better card, and you only show weak cards. Your opponent may be holding back anger.
• Take a long, careful retreat then say "I thought you had a nut card right? So, you have a queen card or better yet, okay, I back off." If this move feels right and you haven't risked it all, "Every time you turn a card as expected, if you can see your opponent's card, you will win, and every time your opponent plays a different card with hope, if they can see your card, they will still win.", according to author David Sklansky who is considered a gambling expert. Similar to playing with what other players are most likely to hold onto and having others play as you see fit through your speech thereby questioning their moves while you decide how to bet. After hearing what you say, your opponent will often back away in confusion even if their cards are better.

#### Step 5. Dive into your direct opponent's mind to distract him

Don't expect a lot of answers. Just ask: "So, how many chips do you have? "I'll probably bet it all!" "I'll show you my cards at the end of the game, okay!" Then say "If you open your cards, I'll show mine too", "I want to count my chip count (wasting a lot of time), I have around…” Seriously, “I need to know….” “how much is in the pot”, “how much to bet now”, etc. Anything you feel is theoretically necessary to know (like you don't know yet) "Oh, so you have a bottom pair. Uh no, top pair." "Eh now it looks like you have a queen… right?" You can guess like that, change your mind, guess again, etc. Make other players uncomfortable, angry, or upset. So they might will over-bet on weak cards to get back at you, but they may back off or lose, or get confused.

### Don't overdo it so you don't get hated too much. Don't talk while other players are deciding whether to bet or withdraw. Be a good player by saying "Good cards!" even if you win. Say "You're a great opponent!", and don't overdo it with questions

#### Step 6. Take a bet and increase the bet

If your cards are good enough, although not monsters (in early position as under the next player), let's say you have a good hand (paired with a card on the table) and a top kicker card after the flop, you probably have the best hand. You can bet up front, but everyone else will probably back off and you can't get more money than the initial bet amount. Alternatively, join the bet early in the hope that someone will bet later so you can see who has the good cards. After the turn of the game back to you to participate in the bet, increase the amount of the bet! Now, if your opponent bets on the middle card, he or she will probably back out at this stage and you can get more money. If your bet is followed or increased, you should consider backing out if you are dealing with a player with better cards. When you don't have good cards, bluffing is also a bet and increasing this bet is suitable for opponents with weak cards. However, bluffing along with betting and increasing this bet is very risky because you will appear weak and cannot scare your opponent. So you may have to deal with an opponent who backs down after someone has added a bet before you attempt this move against him, especially if his cards are weak or bad.

Poker is not just a game of chance – it is also a game of psychology. Watch your opponents carefully when they “tell” – through gestures that indicate when a player is bluffing or has a good hand. Also study your opponent's attitude and habits. You certainly don't want to try to bluff a player who always comes (calls) at any time.

#### Step 8. Increase the bet amount

If you have a good hand and are going to win the bet, you want other players to bet as much as possible. To do this, don't raise the stakes aggressively. Instead, increase your bet gradually to tie up other players throughout the bet.

#### Step 9. Perform calculations

Poker is not always a game of statistics. If you can, calculate the probability of the next card or card that will come out that makes your low hand a winning hand-or that makes a potential opponent's hand beat you. Don't bet when the odds are against you.

#### Step 10. Frequently rewind (fold)

If the cards in your hand (pocket cards) are bad (numbers 2-7 are considered the worst cards in the hand) or if you don't have a good combination after dealing the flop (third combination card), back out immediately. Realistically you'll probably only have one chance out of four, and the more players there are in the game, the more careful you'll have to play. If you've ever watched a game of poker on TV, it can be seen that the pros are playing at every turn, but that's a trick of the television - they don't show the side where most players fold early in the session. Many players will fold without seeing the third card deal (the flop) if he doesn't have at least a pair of aces.

#### Step 11. Manage your money

For serious poker players, maintaining a good cash flow allows you to survive the flow of the game (up and down) without going broke. Start your poker game with a certain amount of money and decide how much money you can budget. The Texas Hold'em recommendation is that you have 10 times the money it costs to participate in the game.