Texas Hold'em - Introduction

So, you're looking for information on Texas Hold'em, huh? Well, thank your lucky lone-stars, you've come to the right place! Below you'll find a series of links to some of the Web's best pages on Texas Hold'em rules and strategy.

Texas Hold'em is, by far, the most popular game in online poker rooms today, and you definitely shouldn't have any trouble finding a suitable online Hold'em table at any experience and betting level 24/7. If you haven't, however, you can easily find one by simply linking to any of our top-quality affiliates, all of which we've personally vetted.

We've divided the information below into subsections to help you find exactly what you're looking for in a snap. The titles and summaries are fairly self-explanatory, but please feel free to click and visit all our pages on Hold'em for more information on how to make your next buy-in a sure-fire win.

If, on the other hand, you're looking for information on poker in general or a page devoted to just the rules, we've got just the thing for you: click here for links to everything poker, and here for a complete list of poker rules.

Rules and Technicalities
  • Texas Hold'em Basic Rules
    Nobody likes sitting down at a table without knowing his @$$ from his elbow! Click here to find out everything you need to know to start playing Texas Hold'em both online and off - and not look like a complete doof doing it.

  • Hand Rankings
    Quick: Which is better, a three-of-a-kind or a fullhouse? If you're having trouble remembering - or never knew to begin with - you should definitely head to this page before ever sitting down at a Hold'em table.

  • Hold'em Positions
    Texas Hold'em is kind of like musical chairs: If you aren't quick to the draw, you can get screwed in the seating arrangement. Check out this section to find out more about Hold'em positions and how a little thing like where you sit can affect the whole game.

  • Top Mistakes of the Hold'em Newb
    Hey you! Yeah, you, you piddling, uninitiated newb! Click here to find out exactly what will and won't fly in your coming match-ups. Otherwise, we might just track you down and give you a wedgy your grandkids'll feel.
  • No-Limit Hold'em Strategy
    Money is tight these days whether you're a broker or a broom-pusher, and no doubt, nobody wants to lose his shirt from a bit of Friday-night fun. This link explains how to use other peoples' innate fear of going for broke to your advantage when the stakes at a Hold'em table are as big as you want to make them.

  • Lo-Limit Hold'em Strategy
    Besides free, online games, lo-limit Hold'em tables present you with the best opportunity to hone your poker skills before playing with the big dogs. Check out this section for more information on how you can get the most out of live, lo-limit tables - and walk away a few dollars richer to boot!

  • Shorthand Limit Texas Hold'em
    When there're fewer players at the table, there's usually less money in the pot. Find out how to launch your own little Hold'em coups and become chipleader win by itty-bitty win by packing it off to this page.

  • Hold'em Basic Strategy
    Before you get into the real meat of Hold'em strategy, you'll need to know the basics. This page includes the simplest of simple tips and even makes mention of sarsaparilla - Hey, it's Poker Master, go figure.

  • Advanced Hold'em Tips
    If you're like us, you could spend hours watching WSOP reruns and marveling at the power plays poker gods like Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth pull off. But these keen moves aren't the exclusive right of Hold'em celebrities. Hell, no! Believe it or not, you too can use advanced poker strategies to clean up, and this section is an excellent place to begin learning how.

  • Starting Hands
    A big part of making a Hold'em hand work for you is knowing what to do before the flop. Obviously, you'll never play a round in which every hand is pocket aces, but what you do between the deal and the first bet can make a 2, 3 opener just as worthwhile as a royal flush.

  • Hold'em Betting for Newbs
    The infamous Jedi mind trick in Texas Hold'em is never as simple as it first appears. (After all, when was the last time you offered someone three nickels for a buck and they were like, "Derr, OK!"?). Check out this section for the basic principles of Hold'em betting - as well as a few more Poker Master quips that are sure to get your mojo moving.

  • Hold'em Pre-Flop Strategy
    In Texas Hold’em, it’s easy to get excited when you’ve got great hole cards. The problem is, most rookie players tend to get a little too excited and start betting like madmen without carefully considering all the factors involved in a solid pre-Flop strategy. Click here to get your pre-Flop strategy up to snuff.

  • Hold'em Post-Flop Strategy
    Sure you can steal a blind or bully a longhand table short pre-Flop, but if you don't know what to do post-Flop, you're only seeing half the picture. Check out this page for tips on how to keep your betting strategy strong right to the very end.

  • Bluffing
    If we all knew how to bluff, we'd be raking it in faster than we could spend it. Sadly, though, bluffing is one of the hardest things to master and regarless of whether you wear a hat, a pair of sunglasses - heck, even a ski mask - you're likely to have tells that'll nail you every time. Check out this section to learn more about quashing your own personal tics and turning that lo pair into a three-of-a-kind.

  • Slow Play No-Nos
    Just like anything else in Hold'em, slow play is deceptively simple. Sure, you get the concept, but can you really say you know when you shouldn't use this strategy? If you can't, click on this link to learn exactly when you should slow play - and when you're better off leaving well-enough alone.

  • The Simple Math of Hold'em Odds
    One of the simplest strategies for winning a hand of Hold'em is to size up your chances before you decide to call, check or fold. Check out this section for a short-hand rundown of how to acquire and use this skill in your next Hold'em match-up.

  • Outs and Pot Odds
    Number-crunching might not be your cup, but it's necessary in every casino game you'll ever play. Check out this section to get a more in-depth look at Hold'em's math and how to use it.

  • Hold'em Tells: Tics of the Trade
    You've got your hat, you've got your suglasses - heck, you've even got camouflage face paint on! - so how in tarnation do the other players always manage to call your bluff? Click here to find out what tells are, and how you too can avoid them.

  • The Zen of Hold'em
    So you think after all that fine reading you've done, you're ready to hit the table, huh? Get serious, grasshoppa! If you ain't even begun to learn the what's-what of proper meta-play, how can you expect to snatch the pebble from our collective Poker Master hand? And no, this isn't a question we can answer for you, but one you must answer for yourself. Click here to find out how.
Poker Extras
  • 'Real' vs. 'Virtual' Poker
    Some players like the comforts of playing in their undies, while others thrive on the live action of a face-to-face showdown. Link to this section to see our break-down of the pros and cons before deciding which is better for you.

  • Collusion: The Cheater's Last Stand
    Online Hold'em might seem like it's ferreted out every last form of cheating known to man. In reality, though, online cheating is just as prevalent as the cheats of yesteryear. Find out more about what to look for and how to protect yourself by clicking on this link.