Texas Hold’Em is a card game played by millions of people all over the world. It is most known for the World Series of Poker which is held once a year in one of U.S.A’s largest casino’s. The winner is awarded millions of dollars and is considered by many to be very lucky. Luck has some role in any card game, however hold’em is also a game of skill and strategy.
Each hand starts with all of the players receiving two cards face down. These cards are referred to as hole cards. Knowing what hole cards to fold and what cards to hold is an important aspect of the game. By setting a base set of hole cards such as a pair of aces, pair of kings, pair of queens, ace king, pair of jacks, pair of tens, ace queen, ace jack, ace ten, and a pair of nines one strengthens their chance to win. With that in mind if a base hand is not in the hole cards then one should fold. This is considered playing tight and saves the player from buying in to hands that they are destined to lose.
The betting will start with the player sitting to the left of the dealer. The player sitting to the right of the dealer is referred to as sitting on the button. This is the best position at the table because one will get to see everyone’s move (fold or bet) except the dealer. Knowing how to read the bets is a crucial element of Texas hold’em. If a bet is placed and it is half the amount in the pot that player probably has a decent base hand. If a player places a bet that matches the pot then they either have a strong base hand or they’re bluffing. In any case one must evaluate their hole cards and decide to either match the bet, raise the bet, or just fold.
Knowing how to Read a players body language and facial expressions is another way to improve chances of winning. If a player scoots closer to the table after making a bet they probably have cards they feel are among the winning hands. If a player is biting their lip or will not make eye contact they are more than likely chasing a hand and hoping their bet scares everyone off the pot. Playing several hands with the same group of players will allow one to pick up on the body language and facial expressions of that group.
Knowing how to read bets, what hands to start or fold, and reading someone’s body language or facial expressions has nothing to do with luck. The cards that come flying out of the deck are the only aspect of hold’em that should be considered luck. If one plays with skill and strategy then the luck aspect of hold’em is virtually eliminated.