What is Live Texas Hold’em?
Live Texas Hold’em is an online version of the classic casino game. Players may be remotely located but they are still able to see each other through a live video feed enabled by an internet connection. A casino acts as the go-between by dealing the cards and issuing payouts.
The online version is played by the same rules and has the same objective as the physical game of Hold’em. Players bet, call, raise, and fold at each hand with the aim of outplaying their opponents and taking away the pot. Live Texas Hold’em sessions also allow participants to chat with each other.
Basic Rules of Texas Hold’em
Each player is dealt two cards (hole cards) face-down at the start of the game, then five more cards (community cards) face-up in 3-1-1 phases as the game progresses. Each player attempts to create the best five card hand possible from the seven cards available.
The best hand wins the pot, but the amount can be shared in the event of a tie. Players are also free to play against the house using the same rules.
Betting occurs before the first batch of face-up cards (the flop) is dealt and again following each deal after that.
Basic Strategy of Texas Hold’em
A good betting strategy can be formulated with the knowledge that you don’t always need the best hand to win a round. A player can bet enough to make everyone else fold, so it is a methodological process of knowing when to call, raise, bet or fold.
The best trick is to remain tight and maintain strong hands at the beginning, then play aggressively mid-game and stay aware of your playing position. Players close to the end of each round have the luxury of being more aggressive because they have an idea of what others have done.
Betting small is never a smart strategy.
History of Texas Hold’em
Texas Hold’em owes its early origins to Texas, where it was played in the first years of the 20th century. Back then, it did not have ‘Texas’ as part of its name. This was affixed close to half a century later as the game spread across the United States.
Las Vegas is where Hold’em got most of its current popularity following its introduction to entertainment joints in the 1960s. California Club is the first known Las Vegas location where the game was played (in 1963). Golden Nuggets then took up this position in the mid-60s until the game became professional around 1969.
Play Texas Hold’em in New Zealand
Hold’em is one of the most popular casino games in New Zealand today, both in land-based casinos and online platforms. It is loved for its ability to exploit and stretch players’ thinking, not to mention the big pots that can be won in the different rounds of betting.
Gaming houses like 888, Ladbrokes, bet365, Betfair, Paddy Power, William Hill and Party Poker are all great avenues for players to try their Hold’em luck. These houses provide good winnings, especially for seasoned gamblers.
The entry of live Texas Hold’em into the fray has enabled even more players to participate remotely.