Understanding Hands in Texas Holdem

Now, first of all, it has to be said that the hands described here occur in pretty much any indication of poker. However, the analyses presented in the next few posts by and large apply to Texas Hold Em.

That being said, lets take a look at what are considered middle hands and low hands, beginning with the flushes. They are considered medium hands in poker. When the pot is split in a game, you can get a large percentage of the pot with a flush sometimes. It depends on the high cards you have. Naturally, a straight flush is going to do better than an unconnected flush, and a royal flush will be at the top.

Straights occur when you have five cards that are connected, of course. They need to be successive. You can have straight flushes as well, and straight royal flushes. Straights are actually quite common.

In Texas Hold Em, a three of a kind is considered part of a flush. You just need to have three cards with the same value, whether they are threes, tens, or aces.

Two pairs is just that you may have two fives and two jacks between your hand and the community cards. The hand is an incredibly common one. If another player also has two pairs, the player with the highest or biggest pair wins.

One pair is, naturally, extremely common as well, and unless it involves a pair of aces, it is really not worth playing.

High cards mark the lowest hand in Texas Hold Em. It occurs when there are no poker combinations in your hand except for the highest card you have. Again, it is typically not worth it to play this hand.

Texas Holdem Etiquette

Playing poker is almost like dining in a fine restaurant.  There are a ton of different rules that you need to follow but you would be surprised just how many beginner poker players do not follow these particular rules … nor do they even know them.  Not following etiquette in poker can be a huge, huge problem and in this blog, we are going to talk about that.

When you make a raise, you want to make sure that you do not say things like ‘I call your bet and raise you $X.”, this is actually considered your final action and if you want to do anymore … you can not usually.  You want to say that you want to call and raise, then state the amount that you want to raise.

When you do not follow some of these simple rules, it can really annoy a lot of the other players and that is not usually what you want to do.

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