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Poker Basics | 10-Part Video Series for Poker Beginners
As you'll find out pretty quickly on your poker journey, the fine details in poker really matter.
And not just when it comes to poker strategy.
There are countless subtle nuances - from the way you hold your cards and count your chips to the way you move a bet into the pot - that separate the pros from the amateurs.
Before you even sit down at a poker table it can really help your confidence and your nerves to have what we call the "poker basics" down to a T.
Below you'll find 10 videos outlining some of the fundamental basics of poker every new player should get comfortable with. It'll make all the difference in the world!
1) How to Stack Your Chips Like a Pro
If you're playing live poker, how you stack your chips at the table is an immediate tip off to your level of experience.
Those who play regularly stack their chips in a distinct way to improve the speed of play and make bigger decisions easier. Here's how to do it:
2) How to Hold Your Cards Like a Pro
How you hold your cards is also a pretty clear tip-off to your experience level.
Not that it's a bad thing to tip your hand as an amateur, but holding your cards in the right way can help you from revelaing what you have to more perceptive players around the table.
Trust us; you'll feel much better when you know your hole cards are a mystery to everyone else.
3) How to Bet and Raise Like a Poker Pro
The next step after stacking your chips and holding your cards? Getting some of those chips into the pot.
As you'll find out often in poker, how you do something can be as important as how much you're putting in. Watch below for the way the pros do it:
4) Poker Hand Rankings and Values Explained
Pretty self-explanatory; if you want to win some pots it's a good idea to know what you got.
5) How to Read the Board and Which Hand Wins
Once you know how poker hands are ranked and valued you'll need to know how to put your best hand together.
Likewise knowing exactly hands wins can also be tricky for beginners, but here are some simple tips for making it clear and easy.
6) How to Shuffle Poker Chips Like a Pro
Ever walked into a casino poker room during a major tournament?
That all-encompassing clicking sound you hear is from hundreds of players simultaneously shuffling their chips - part habit, part time killer and part pure poker flair.
Once you've played poker for awhile the sound will be as comforting as a sounds of nature CD. Here's how you do it:
7) How to Play Texas Hold'em
If you're playing poker after 2012, chances are pretty good you're playing Texas Hold'em. In case you're still a bit flummoxed by Holdem's basics, here's a quick guide:
8) How to Count Your Chips Like a Pro
Counting your chips ... that's pretty idiot proof, no? Everyone can count can't they?
It is once you've learned this simple shortcut specific to poker tables.
9) How to Host the Perfect Home Poker Game
Not that you've got all the poker basics under your belt, invite your friends over and get right into it.
Here are a few simple tips to help your game run a lot smoother:
10) How to Shuffle Cards Like a Pro
One last tip: When it's your turn to be the dealer, here's how you make it look and feel completely professional.
Enjoy your newfound love of poker! We hope it's a long and fruitful journey.