How many of you out there have you been fascinated with playing Texas hold em or playing poker online? If you answered yes to this question then maybe this general article will be of some insight or helpful tips.
I had never heard of Texas hold ’em until I saw the World Series of Poker on ESPN a few years back. I was drawn to it like I am sure many other people were as well. As I watched I began to learn the concept and rules of the game and I thought to myself it seems easy to follow, understand, and simple to play. The more I watched the WSOP the more I became intrigued and wanted to play.
Now, not knowing who these players were on TV in the WSOP, I later come to realize that they most of them were some of the top ranked players in the world such as: Doyle Brunson, Joe Hachem, Daniel Neaugreanu just to name a few. So I thought to myself how can I be as good as them and my only conclusion was an old phrase that we all have heard time and time again practice makes perfect. I decide to put the phrase to use and I began playing with some friends of mine that had wanted to play also, nothing big just playing for fun. Well then one day on of my friends had discovered playing Texas hold ’em online and I was like awesome now I can play for fun and practice on my own at my own pace. As my friend suggested I began playing online for free and for fun and the more I played the better I became familiar with the game and how to play. So I decide to play for real money online and that is how I was introduced to online poker.
Before I get into any more detail how many of have toyed with the thought of playing online poker for money and the skeptics involved? If you answered yes then you were just like me when it came to playing and using my own money. I am telling from my own personal experience that it is great. All my skeptic thoughts were put away when I did my own research about online poker and how secure it is. As of to this day I have never had one problem playing Texas hold em online or any other poker as well. I love the fact that I can play in the comfort of my own home on my own time, there is always a table to sit and play, no long waits, small buy-in tables you name it you can play it online.
Now some of you might say yeah that is all well and good but its not just for me and that is fine, but if you like poker, Texas hold em or playing online then I hope that this article can give you some insight from my opinion to some tips and site that I am going to list. Myself personally I play on www.agenbolaindo.net and I love the site. You can check it out for yourself. Here are some of the top International poker sites according to Agenbolaindo.net
- Poker stars
- Bodog Poker
- Full Tilt Poker
- Ultimate Bet
- Absolute Poker
Those are just a few from that site you can check them out if you like or choose not to. I just thought it would be some useful information. Now after reading this so far and your still interested you might think well how do I know what hands to play? Well of course I have learned some things on my own from experience and to be honest just because you play certain hands you are not going to win all the time, that is why its called poker. So after a few losses and some wins I came across this book one day at a bookstore and I bought it. It’s called The Illustrated Guide to No-Limit Texas Hold’Em by Dennis Purdy. After reading a few chapters I decide to follow one specific chapter of the book that is called the Texas Hold’em Relative Win Rates for All 169 Pocket Hands. However, I threw in my twist to those win rates and personally I only play the top 25 win rate hands. Here is a list of the top 10 win rate pocket hand according to Dennis Purdy’s book The Illustrated Guide to No-Limit Texas Hold’Em
A, Q suited
A, Q unsuited
So, after reading that I put it into practice with playing for free and it worked out good for me, so then the next step came and I used those hands and played for real money and it worked out great for me and I won some money, and also so free roll tournaments.
In conclusion, I would like to say if you play poker online play responsible and at your own risk. I play for fun in my spare time to improve my playing the game. If you can do some research before you start about different sites, etc, go to a book store and buy some books about online poker and texas hold’em. I hope this has been some insight for you after reading this article.