The exciting and challenging game of Texas Hold'Em Poker is gaining more followers daily-both young and old-who enjoy competing, bluffing, and most of all, winning. In this guidebook for both novice and experienced poker players, an avid poker player combines his knowledge of the game with his expertise regarding stats and probabilities to provide all possible outcomes of the cards, ultimately helping poker players around the world improve their chances of winning.
Sam Habash has been playing poker since he was a young boy, but in the last ten years, has focused mainly on improving his Texas Hold'Em game. He draws on his ability to gather and analyze statistics to provide poker players with probabilities and payback information. While offering little-known statistics like the likelihood of having an ace or king show up in a hand (62%) or the odds of receiving a pair (6%), Habash leads players through many different scenarios like the chances of receiving a second pair, flush draw, or complete straight.
The expert advice offered in this unique reference manual will help any poker player gain the extra advantage to come out ahead in their next game of Texas Hold'Em!
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|Title of eBook: To the River: Odds and Probabilities in Texas Hold'em Poker|
|Release Date: 01-18-2011|
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To the River: Odds and Probabilities in Texas Hold'em Poker
Chapter OneGetting Started
The game of Texas Hold'em poker is played in two major varieties, limit or no-limit. In limit poker, the casino or a house rule determines the bet limits (in terms of size) and number of allowed raises. No-limit poker is obviously very simple—there are no limits on any of the bets.
The game of Texas Hold'em is typically played with between six and ten players. Each player is dealt two down cards. To induce the betting, the two players to the left of the dealer are required to blind bet, and these are referred to as the small and big blinds. In addition to the two down cards (also called player cards), the dealer reveals five community cards, which are used by all players. These community cards will be opened at three different stages in order to induce betting.
Each player looks to make the best poker hand they can using any five of the seven total cards.
The Betting Process
There are four rounds of betting total:
First bet Made after the dealing of the player cards
The small and big blinds are bet automatically, before the dealing of the cards Betting here is induced by the blinds Players must match or raise the big blind
Second bet Made after revealing of the flop (which consists of three community cards that are opened together)
Bet sizes can vary depending on the game but can be from a minimum of the size of big blind to a maximum of the declared limit, or no limit