The first Texas Hold'em Poker game in history
According to some historians the first Texas Hold'em Poker game was played in small town in Texas called Robstown in early 19th century. This game was very fast spreading to the saloons in the US southwest and was also know under name “Devil’s River” because heavy drinking and fights were part of the game back then. Later in the 20ties the American government tried to ban Texas Hold'em Poker but after numerous protests the ban was lifted.
Why is it called Texas Hold'em? Montreal Poker players what to know!
There are many opinions how and when in poker history was the name Texas Hold'em Poker created. The most probable is that the name came from “Hold Me Darling” a poker variation that was probably played in 60ties of 19th century. The name of this poker variation along with Texas, the birthplace of the modern game probably created the Texas Hold'em Poker name.
The most interesting steps in Poker History-Montreal Poker
- 1822 - First American casino opened in New Orleans with poker amongst the casino games
- 1920s - Attempt to ban poker in United States by US government
- 1970 - First World Series of Poker organized by Jack Binnion in Binnion's Horseshoe Casino, Las Vegas
- 1997 - Stu Ungar probably the most talented poker player in history of poker wins his 3rd bracelet but dies the following year
- 2003 - Chris Moneymaker wins World Series of Poker Main Event and takes prize of 2.5 Million, he qualified through 40 dollar satellite at PokerStars and starts internet poker revolution
- 2006 - James Bond in Casino Royale saves world playing Texas Hold'em Poker no limit tournament. In original novel Bond played Baccarat. Poker reaches even wider audience. We see the popularity in Montreal poker establishements.
- 2006 - UIGEA Act – Another attempt to ban poker, this time online, by US government in United States. Montreal poker enthusiasts play at many online establishments.
Texas Hold’em Hand Rankings- At Most Montreal Poker establishments
In Texas Hold’em, each player must make the best five card hand they can use any combination of their own two cards, and the five face up community cards. The poker hand ranking is as follows from best to worst:
· Royal Flush
· Straight Flush
· Four of a Kind
· Full House
· Three of a kind
· Two Pair
· One Pair
· High Card
Montreal Poker :Texas Hold’em Basic Terms
- Blinds: Short for "blind bets," these are the forced bets made before the cards are dealt. In Hold'em, blinds take the place of the classic "ante."
- Burn Card: The card dealt facedown before any community card is dealt.
- Button: Nickname for the player acting as the dealer in current hand, or the name for the physical dealer button used to denote the current dealer.
- Check: Similar to a call, but no money is bet. If there is no bet or raise, the next player to act may check.
- Fifth Street: See River.
- Flop: The first three community cards dealt.
- Fourth Street: See Turn.
- Preflop: Anything that occurs before the flop is dealt is preflop.
- River: The final (5th) community card dealt; also known as fifth street.
- Showdown: When players reveal their hands to discover the pot's winner.
- Turn: The fourth community card dealt; also known as fourth street.
Montreal Poker: Texas Hold’em Basic Strategy Tips
Five Common Beginner Mistakes:
1)Montreal Poker: Playing too many hands before the flop
This is the biggest of them all. New players play far too many hands pre-flop. Play only the strongest starting hands which give you the greatest chance at winning the pot. The more hands you begin to play pre-flop, the more difficult your decisions will be post flop. The simplest way to minimize the number of mistakes you will make is to remove yourself from the situations in which mistakes are made.
2)Montreal Poker: Taking hands too far past the flop
This is an extension of the previous trap. Not only do most beginners play too many hands; they go too far with them. You need to evaluate the true strength of your own hand, against the likely strength of your opponents. Only if you can realistically believe you have the advantage should you continue with the hand. You need to understand that you will only be playing a very small fraction of the hands you're dealt, and you'll only see a river with a very small fraction of those.
3)Montreal Poker: Playing by feeling rather than by cards, situations and numbers
Many new players play hands because they have a "feeling" about them. This is wrong. Poker is a mathematical game: everything that can possibly happen boils down to odds. You play a hand because the situation dictates that in the long term, by playing that hand, you're going to make money. To understand this concept, you need to have a basic understanding of Hold'em Odds
4)Montreal Poker: Letting your emotions get the better of you
Poker can be a stressful game. If you lose a couple of hands and start to let your emotions get the better of you, you're going to start making poor decisions. Every time you act based on emotion, rather than rational thought, you're making a mistake. If you're overwhelmed with any form of emotion, take a short walk, returning to the table once you're back to a neutral, relaxed state.
5)Montreal Poker: Thinking short term
A lot of players will make a correct play, lose the pot and second-guess themselves. They'll say, "Oh - I should have folded pocket aces because he ended up making a straight." This is wrong. If you get your money in good, it's the correct play, whether you win or lose. Your ability in poker is based on the decisions you make, not the end result of. Poker is a long-term game. You can make all the correct decisions and still lose; this is the influence of luck.
There are countless sites out there for poker strategy and tips. Two sites worth checking out include:
- LearnTexasHoldem: A comprehensive site that covers every aspect of the game of Texas Hold'em.
- TopTexasHoldem: Advanced Texas Hold'em strategy, odds charts, hand rankings and a nice blog.
History of Texas Hold'em Poker by a Montreal Poker enthusiast
Texas Hold'em Poker history is still very unclear in spite of many historians trying to clarify it. The time in history of poker, details as well as the country where Texas Hold'em Poker was born are unknown. A Spanish game called “Primero” is considered to be the mother of poker as we know it today. Later in poker history it spread into France (where it was called "poque") and in Germany (known under the name "Pochen"). Some historians go even further than that and claim that poker came from Persia (17th century, the name of the game was “As Nas”), Egypt (12th century, is known as "Ganjifa" or “Treasure Cards”) or even from China where the history of poker started with the Chinese domino cards that dates back to 9th century.
In 17th century “poque”was brought by the French to the United States (New Orleans) where it started to spread as “poker”. The first written words in poker history came in 1834 and were written by Jonathan H. Green in his book „An Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling“. According to him poker was very popular game along the Mississippi river and it was called „the cheating game“ played only with deck of 20 cards and maximum of 4 players.
During the history of poker many variations of poker were born, like 5 Card Draw that was very popular in the early days of poker. Later it was replaced by more and more popular Stud and Omaha. And finally in the 70ties of the 20th century came the most popular version “Texas Hold'em Poker”. This first huge increase in poker was thanks to first World Series of Poker and other live televised poker events that were watched by thousands of spectators and poker fans.
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