Welcome to ‘How to play poker’. Whether you’re looking to gain an edge in a game with friends over a few beers or you’ve got your sights set on winning a poker tournament, this website will show you everything you need to know, step-by-step.
Latest from the blog:
- Poker etiquette: 8 simple rules
Lots of people understand the rules to Texas Holdem and many other poker games, but it’s also important to understand the basic rules of poker etiquette and to follow them. If you don’t you’ll not only anger the other players at the table, but you may also receive a penalty, or worse, you may get ...
- Texas Holdem: Floating the flop
If you’ve read our article on the ‘continuation bet’ then you should know how powerful of a move this is. However, there is a way to defend against this and it’s called ‘floating the flop’.
‘Floating the flop’ basically means to call your opponents C-bet after the flop, and then bet after they check on the ...
- Texas Holdem: The power of the blocking bet
Playing out of position is tough, and even the very best poker players fold lots of hands from these positions. And it’s easy to see why!
For more information on the importance of table position in poker, please read this article.
When you’re out of position you have to act first, which means you don’t get to ...
- Texas Hold’em Poker: Post-flop strategy
Knowing what to do after the flop is a must in Texas Hold’em, as this could sometimes be the point of no return and where you can either make lots of chips – or lose lots of chips.
First of all it’s important to realise that you shouldn’t be seeing too many flops if you’re in ...
- Texas Hold’em Poker: To bluff or not to bluff – that is the question
If you are new to poker, then you’ve probably seen lots of films where the good guy plays poker against the bad guy. The good guy usually makes a huge bluff and wins the game. Unfortunately, this isn’t how real poker is played!
One of the biggest misconceptions about the professional poker game is that bluffs ...
- Poker strategy: The reverse tell
The ‘false tell’, also called the ‘reverse tell’ can be used in poker to trap your opponents into thinking the opposite of what’s actually true. Not only that, but it can also throw your opponent off for the whole game, and it will be a lot more difficult for them to read you.
A ‘tell’ in ...
- Texas Hold’em Poker: How to play pocket aces for beginners
One of the best feelings in the world when playing poker is when you peek underneath your hole cards and see pocket Aces. Your heart starts to beat a little faster and you instantly start thinking about what you’ll spend your winnings on.
Pocket Aces, also called bullets and rockets, is the most powerful starting hand ...
- Texas Hold’em Poker: Set-mining – the basics
When you hold low to medium pocket pairs before the flop, the concept of set-mining is planning to hit a set (also called three of a kind) post flop. Of course, your chances of hitting the set after the flop are still very low (about 12%), but if you take the plunge at the right ...
- Texas Hold’em Poker: The three-bet explained
There are a million and one poker strategies and some are more effective than others. Following and using a strategy is the easiest part, but knowing when to use it is the golden question.
Three-betting in essence is not a difficult strategy to follow, and may have been something you’ve done many times in the past ...
- Texas Hold’em Poker: Deceiving hole cards
We’ve all gotten excited when an Ace appears in our hole cards, and when it’s accompanied with a Jack we assume it’s a great pre-flop hand. Unfortunately, unless you’re heads up, this isn’t as good as it looks and even experienced poker players find these cards difficult to play.
It doesn’t mean to say that these ...
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