So you have watched Late Nite Poker,
you enjoyed it, but it wasn't quite clear how the action panned
out. So let's just try and explain the basics simply. We will
start with Texas Hold'Em. This is because it is the most common
form of poker played throughout today's world.
You get dealt two 'hole' cards, which are just for your own
personal use. There are then 5 communal cards dealt. You have
to make the best 5 card poker hand out of these 7 cards. (No,
you cannot have 3 pairs. 5 card hands only!)
There are 4 rounds of betting. During each round everyone has
three options: to call (match the current bet), raise, or fold
their hand. Everyone must put the same amount into the pot,
if they wish to continue to the next round of betting, or the
The first round of betting is after you have
been dealt your 2 hole cards.
The second round is after the first 3 communal cards are dealt,
known as the flop.
The next round is after the fourth communal card is dealt the
The final round of betting is after the final fifth communal
card is dealt, and is often referred to as the river.
So what are you waiting for? The best place to start the learning
process is at the Play tables at bet365poker.com. That way,
you can get the hang of the pop up buttons, how the game flows,
and generally feel comfortable before moving onto the cash tables.
When I play live cash games, we often get dealt 10 to 15 hands
an hour. In tournaments this may go up to 25 or even 30 hands
per hour. One huge advantage of playing and learning poker on
the internet with bet365poker.com, is that you will be dealt
between 70 and 90 hands per hour. And if you are a computer
whiz, you can even multiply that a few times by opening 2 or
3 windows. This is why youngsters like Sweden's 'The King of
Ding' have become poker phenomenon's in a very short space of
The King of Ding? You have never heard of him? I don't think
Eric is quite 21 yet, and is one of the nicest guys I have met
on the circuit. Always smiling, never complaining, smartly dressed,
good looking, sexy girlfriend... sorry.
Getting carried away again. Anyway, when Eric started playing,
he was obviously a natural. He got very good, very quickly.
He was playing the biggest games available on the net very quickly
(do not copy this at home, you might hurt yourself!). When scooping
a large pot, he would type 'DING!' into the conversation box.
The reason being that he had an old fashioned 'open all hours'
cash register : you pressed a button, out popped the drawer,
you put the money in, you close the drawer, and the cash register
goes 'DING' to say thank you. Cute. Some players liked it. Some
players didn't see the funny side. Their problem, not his, I'd
say. Nowadays Eric is a millionaire from the game. He has so
much money locked up in his cash registers, rumour is that he
hasn't cashed in even a third of it, and doesn't actually know
how much he has!!! So as I was saying, LOL, what are you waiting