Learn Holdem Poker

This lesson is a basic rules and strategy guide, Learn Holdem Poker at the How to Play Poker program.

Learn Holdem Rules:

The casino dealer deals out two cards, face down, one at a time to each player.
The first player to receive a card is the player to the left of the button.
After all players receive their two cards, there is a round of betting where players can call, raise or fold.
Checking is not allowed on this round, called blind betting.The dealer now deals three cards face up in the center of the table called the flop.
Another round of betting begins. The dealer places a fourth card face up on the table followed by a betting round.
The fifth and final card is placed by the dealer face up in the middle of the table, and this is the final round of betting.
Players choose their best five-card hand among seven cards, two cards dealt face down at the beginning of the game, and the five community cards in the middle of the layout.
The winning hand is the highest poker hand.

Learn Holdem Strategies:
In Texas Holdem, continue playing with strong starting cards if first two cards are two aces, two kings, two queens, and A-K or A-Q suited.
Other possibles are any two cards higher than 10.
Fold if you have a pair less than sevens.

You should look for lower cards in the flop than the rank of your pair.
Holding a lock hand likely to win (example=full house) requires a strategy to keep as many players in the pot as long as possible building your win.
Strong hands with good possibilities require aggressive play by raising and getting rid of players who could draw out (bad hands becoming good hands).
Only if you feel your hand has become second best do you fold.
Marginal hands that may improve should only be played on the cheap, either checking or nominal bet.

Observing the cards on the table, or discarded cards, to determine how this affects your hand, and reading your opponent’s body language, face and betting strategies, can work to your profitable end.
Maximize losses by not staying in pots too long trying to make every hand a winner, and there is no shame in being bluffed out of a hand; the loose play of the bluffer will catch up. Intelligent players know good folds and good bets.
Catching a Perfect, pulling a card that sets up your hand perfectly, will carry you longer in the game than Drawing Dead to an impossible hand.

Learn Holdem Poker is followed by Holdem Starting Hands:10 Best & 10 Worst
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The Flop
The probability of flopping three of your suit giving you a complete flush is .842%. The odds against you are 118:1.  
The probability of flopping 2 of your suit for a 4 flush is 10.944%. The odds are 8:1 against you.  
The probability of only flopping one of your suits is 41.6%.  The odds are 1.4:1

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