Category: Poker

How to Play Omaha Hold ‘Em Poker

By admin, March 13, 2009

Omaha Hold ‘em poker is one of the most popular forms of poker in the world. It is similar to Texas Hold ‘Em in that players sit around a table, are dealt cards, and wager based upon what kind of hand they can make by combining the cards in their hands and the shared cards on the table. However, Omaha Hold ‘Em is played somewhat differently from its more famous counterpart.

The most distinctive aspect of Omaha Hold ‘Em is that each player gets dealt four cards instead of two. This can lead to more opportunities for good hands than there are in most types of poker, but it can also be tricky because players must use two hole cards, which are the cards in a player’s hand, along with three of the community cards on the table. For example, you might have the ace of spades, the king of spades, the queen of spades, and the four of clubs. The five community cards in that situation are the four of hearts, the queen of spades, the jack of spades, the seven of hearts, and the eight of hearts. You could see those five consecutive spades up to the ace and think you have a royal flush, but that would be a costly mistake since you would only have a pair of fours and would therefore almost certainly lose a ton of chips betting with misplaced confidence.

Omaha Hold ‘Em poker is often played as a Hi/Lo game, which means that the pot, which is the chips in the middle of the table, is split between the player with the best hand and the player with the worst hand. This is more complicated than it sounds, because it doesn’t matter whether someone has a straight or a flush for a low hand even though that does matter for a high hand. What does matter is if the player can put together two hole cards with three community cards in order to make a hand with no pairs and no card higher than an eight. Therefore, an ace, two, three four and five, all of clubs, would almost certainly with for both the high and low hand. A jack, seven, five, three and two of various suits, despite being a terrible hand, could not win the low part of the pot. Hopefully now you know how to play Omaha hold ‘Em.

Texas Holdem… A Winner’s Strategy: Bluffing!

By admin, February 2, 2009

Playing Texas Hold em` poker is easy. Winning is the hard thing. There are many strategies that you can use to win the game. You just have to figure out which one is the right strategy for you. Some people are really good at being a straight forward player and only playing hands that are sure to win, while others depend on bluffing the other players in order to win the pot. There are many things to think of when you are playing, but always remember that your strategy is the best one for you.

One great winning strategy is bluffing. Bluffing is something complicated to do and takes an experienced player to pull off the right way. When you are deciding to bluff you have to remember not to give away what is actually in your hand. You want to make the other players think that your hand is the best hand that their could be, however you don’t want to be too obvious or you will give your bluff away. The best thing to do when bluffing is to raise the pot. If someone bets a certain amount, bet above that amount by at least twice the minimum bet. It will make people think that you really have something, when in reality you can have nothing at all. If someone calls your bet, then you want to consider what they could have. You don’t have to hold your bluff all the way through if you are pretty sure that someone has caught you bluffing. Being smart when you bluff is the most important thing. Look at the pot odds versus how many players are still in the game. It’s harder to bluff with several people still in the pot versus only one or two players.

Another great strategy at winning is to be an honest player. If you only play the hands you get that are really good, then 9 times out of 10, you are going to win. This will prolong the game for you some, however in the long run it will play off. There are many ways to tell if you have a good hand. A pocket pair of any number is a decent hand from the beginning and you should stay in the pot for at least the first three cards. After that you can decide on whether your hand is still good or if you need to fold. If you have cards that are high numbers (10 or higher) that are both of the same suit, then you also have a good chance at winning.

There are many good strategies at winning a good game of poker. Remember your tells and use them to your advantage. Switch things up to confuse the other players, and always be conscious of what the other players are doing. Paying attention to everything going on is one of the best ways to winning a game. Even if you are not in the particular hand, you can learn things about the other players in the game. If you are a new player, then read up on other players strategies or watch World Championship Poker on television. Seeing how the big name players play their game can help you build your own strategy that works for you.