Texas Holdem Poker, an Overview

Texas Holdem may sound very much like a term used by ribald card sharps in the wild west over 200 years ago, but it is, in fact, a relatively new invention which has effectively taken the world by storm. It is played in the vast majority of homes, colleges, online poker rooms and casinos in both the United States and Europe, and its popularity continues to burgeon year by year.Texas Holdem Bonus

Many of its plays are derived from the common version of poker, and players simply have to come up with best poker hand, according to traditional poker rankings, to walk away with the pot, or winnings. One major difference is that the players have to make up the finest poker hand from two hole cards, or cards dealt, hidden, to each player and five community cards, which are dealt face up on the table.

The very nature of Texas Holdem allows for strategic planning and analysis and there are literally dozens of books, written by Texas Holdem fanatics, which outline various strategies, but the one strategy which seems to have the most followers in both the amateur and professional poker playing ranks, is the simple adage – don’t play every single hand, but the hands you do play, make sure you raise and call often. Always remember that as the poker playing prowess improves so too will the strategy have to evolve or adapt.

Texas Holdem has seen unprecedented growth in the past decade and one of the reasons for its growing popularity is media saturation – for the first time in card playing history, poker tournaments have been televised live and broadcast throughout the States and Europe. Viewers have been able to follow the poker plays particularly closely as special cameras, showing each player’s hole cards to the public, have been one of the more successful additions in recent years. The emotions of each player are captured for the world to see, and this all adds to the drama and excitement of the moment.

Recent studies in the United States claim that one in five people play poker on a regular basis and at the University of Minnesota, 91% of male students and 84% of female students gamble regularly. At the inaugural World Series of Poker main event in 1972, which is traditionally a no-limit Texas holdem contest, there were nine entrants, two decades on, in 1991, there were 200 entrants and in 2005 over 5600 entrants competed for a first prize of $7 million!