Texas Hold'em

Introduction

Texas Hold'em is the most popular Poker game worldwide. It is popular in all playing channels - casinos, online poker rooms, poker tournaments and private poker games. It is a community game, meaning that the game is a combination of personal cards, dealt to each player and community cards, shared by all players. All players strive to reach the highest hand possible, according to the poker hand ranking or convince their rivals that they did so, which will, in turn allow them to win the pot.

History

The very first game of Texas Hold’em was documented in the city Robstaune, Texas, in the early 1900s. Within a very short time, the game has spread throughout the state. In 1967, Texas Hold'em was presented in Las Vegas by poker legends Doyle Brunson, Crandell Addington and Amarillo Slim. It was only later that the game migrated to Europe by Terry Rogers and Liam Flood.

The game’s growing popularity can be attributed to several factors. The first - poker tournaments, using Texas Holdem. Especially, the World Series of Poker (WSOP). WSOP main event is a no-limit Texas hold 'em. Another major factor is the use of Texas Holdem in television and movies. Watching Texas Holdem in these Medias portrayed a somewhat romantic and exciting aspect to the game, thus attracting many to it. And of course, the proliferation of online gaming, which has been a significant factor in the game’s growth.

Learn the Game

Many see Texas Holdem as a strategic game, requiring knowledge and a deep understanding. The need to calculate your odds, vs. your opponents’, with two face down cards creates a fertile ground for complex statistical calculations and strategies. This, in addition to the game’s global popularity has lead to a wealth of resources, online and offline, all striving to provide the aspiring players with an up-to-date information, strategic guidelines and analysis methods - for a smarter, better game play. 

Most players can do with the resources provided online for free. Just make sure that you are using professional sites. Others, who wish to go deeper into the game should probably turn to the more profound resources like books, or go to specializing poker schools.