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Play in Position - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 2
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In Texas Hold'em hands are made up of the best five cards from a player's two hole cards, and the five community cards. In Hold'em you can use two, one or none of your whole cards to make a hand. Sometimes your hand will be made up of just the five community cards, known as “playing the board”. When two players have a similar hand, all five cards are used to determine who wins. So if you're holding A-Q on this ace-high board, you have a pair of aces and queen-ten-eight. If you have A-J you're playing a pair of aces and JACK-ten-eight. The same is true when two players have a flush with the same high card. Both players have an ace-high flush but the player with the king of hearts wins since he has higher suited cards. Sometimes it's tricky to see which hand wins. The easiest way to figure it out is to determine exactly what five card-hand each player has. If more than one player shares the exact same hand the pot is split evenly between them. PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey, today.
It sucks to suck at things and poker is no different. In this 10-part beginner poker strategy video series PokerListings.com gives you a crash course on the finer points of not sucking at poker. Episode 1 is an important one: Play fewer hands. Most poker players are too loose and end up losing tons of money betting or calling with the worst hand. In Texas Hold’em there are 169 different starting hands and chances are you’re playing too many of them. When you’re starting out it’s important to keep things simple. One big way to do that is to only play when you have really good cards. Beginners often try to copy what they see on TV by raising and bluffing with any two cards but the truth is, in low-stakes poker games bluffing is no-where near as important as getting value from your big hands. Players might be bored, or just more interested in gambling and having fun than making money, and they’re all going to be playing way too many hands. If you want to make money you have to develop some discipline. Let’s start by playing a narrow range of starting hands and giving ourselves the best chance of showing up with the winning hand at showdown. Sticking to good starting hands will also make our post-flop decisions way easier and cut down on the chances we’re dominated and putting money in the pot with the worst hand.
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The most basic thing you need to know about poker is the hands and hand rankings, basically what hand beats what. In the latest installment of our beginner strategy series Poker Basics we take you through the poker hand rankings from a high card to a pair all the way up to the elusive royal flush. Watch the video to learn all about poker hands, their values and which hands beat other hands. It all starts with a high card, a completely unconnected hand. Ace is the highest and in poker suits don’t count. One pair is when you have two cards of the same rank with three other unconnected cards. Two Pair is exactly what it sounds like: Two cards of the same rank, another two cards of a different matching rank and one other unconnected card. Three of a kind, also called trips or a set, are three cards of the same rank and two other unconnected cards. The first poker hand where all five cards work together is a straight: Five cards in sequential order with at least two different suits. Aces can be either high or low. Next up is a flush, five cards of the same suit. If two or more players have a flush the player with the highest suited card wins. A full house is made up of three cards of the same rank and two cards of a different matching rank. The second best hand in poker is Four a kind, also called quads. Four cards of the same rank and one other unconnected card. The best possible hand is a straight flush: Five cards of the same suit in sequential order. A straight flush to the ace is known as a Royal Flush. Memorize these hand rankings and get ready to play some poker. PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey, today.
We explain how to shuffle poker chips like a pro in the latest installment of our beginner poker strategy video series. If you see poker pros playing on TV they’re always shuffling their chips and they barely seem to notice they’re doing it. With this poker video tutorial, and a little practice, you’ll be able to impress your friends and inspire respect from even the most hardened poker grinders. First cut out two stacks of chips. Place your pinky and ring finger on the outside edge and use your thumb and pointer finger to squeeze the two stacks together. Now use your middle finger to pop the two stacks up in the middle and lift your hand straight up to shuffle the chips together into one stack. Don't squeeze too hard. Just prop the chips up in the middle and let them fall into place. Now, practice! PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey today.
Chris Moorman is the first player to ever earn $10 million playing online poker tournaments and he's giving you the benefit of his immense experience with his 10 most important beginner poker strategy tips. From fundamentals to practice to studying to life balance, Moorman1 gives you the cliffs version of the most essential parts of becoming a winning poker player. Hailing from the UK Moorman has become a legend in the online poker world, crushing tournaments and inspiring a generation of brilliant young poker minds. During his travels Moorman visited Vancouver, Canada and stopped by the PokerListings.com video studio to impart his knowledge to our viewers. Watch the entire video to find out the things Moorman has learned over close to a decade of professional poker.
PokerListings.com brings you a teaser for its upcoming short poker documentary with high-stakes poker pro Jason Koon. We learn about climbing the stakes in poker and moving forward in life from one of the brightest minds in the poker world. Jason Koon has racked up almost $3.5 million in live tournament earnings and routinely plays some of the biggest buy-in poker events in the world. Koon is an American but after online poker was shut down in the US on Black Friday, he moved to Vancouver to continue to play poker on the internet. Now he lives with fellow high-stakes pro Ben Tollerene and uses Vancouver as a launching pad to travel the world playing poker. In the next month PokerListings.com is shooting a special short poker documentary to tell Jason Koon's unique story. Check out this short teaser now and keep an eye on PokerListings.com for the full documentary coming soon!
Our latest Poker Basics beginner poker strategy video teaches you to bet and raise like a poker pro. We’ll also show you how to avoid common mistakes like string-betting, and calling when you meant to raise. Beginner poker players make a few common mistakes when they bet and raise for the first time in a real poker game. The easiest way to avoid most mistakes is to clearly announce your action before you even touch your chips. If you want to raise, when it's your turn just say “Raise”, then count out your chips and push them across the betting line in one clear motion. The easiest way to announce a raise is by saying the combined total of the original bet and your raise. If a player in front of you bet 500, and you want to raise an additional 1,000, just say “ I'll raise to 1,500”. Clearly announcing that you're raising will help you avoid common mistakes like string-betting and calling when you meant to raise. String-betting is when a player tries to bet or raise but moves their chips in with more than one motion. It's also considered a string-bet if you use the old movie line, “I'll see your bet … and raise”. String betting is against the rules and in both examples the first action is binding. Another way you can slip up and call when you meant to raise is by throwing in one large-denomination chip and not declaring raise first. Save yourself the trouble and clearly announce what you're going to do, before you do it. PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey today.
Hosting a home game is the perfect way to get started in poker but stack sizes, chip denominations and blind structures can be confusing for beginner poker players. In the latest episode of Poker Basics we give you our recipe for the perfect eight-person home poker tournament. We call for 5,000 starting stacks, four different chip denominations and 20-minute blind levels. If you follow the instructions you can expect this tournament to last roughly two hours, but you can tweak that by changing the stack sizes, or how long each blind level lasts. Just remember, simple is best, especially if you're playing with beginners!
Last year the PokerListings Battle of Malta set the record for the biggest poker tournament ever held in Malta, and this November it's back, bigger and better than ever. With a bigger €500,000 guaranteed main event, a brand new high-roller tournament and a huge schedule of parties, the Battle of Malta goes way beyond the action on the felt. Let the battle begin!