Texas hold ’em hands

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In the poker game Texas hold ’em, a player’s hand consists of two hole cards, which belong solely to the player and remain hidden from the other players. Five community cards are also dealt into play. Betting begins before any … Read More

Runner-runner outs in Texas hold ’em

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Some outs for a hand require drawing an out on both the turn and the river—making two consecutive outs is called a runner-runner. Examples would be needing two cards to make a straight, flush, or three or four of a … Read More

Flopping overcards when holding a pocket pair

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It is useful to look at the chances different starting hands have of either improving on the flop, or of weakening on the flop. One interesting circumstance concerns pocket pairs. When holding a pocket pair, overcards (cards of higher rank … Read More

Seven-card stud

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Seven-card stud is a variant of stud poker. Until the recent increase in popularity of Texas hold ’em, seven-card stud was the most popular poker variant in home games across the United States, and in casinos in the eastern part … Read More

Texas hold ’em – Starting hands heads up

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For any given starting hand, there are 50 × 49 ÷ 2 = 1,225 hands that an opponent can have before the flop. (After the flop, the number of possible hands an opponent can have is reduced by the three … Read More

Community card poker – Omaha hold ’em

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Another hold ’em variant is Omaha hold’em. Each player is dealt four cards to his private hand instead of two. The betting rounds and layout of community cards is identical to Texas hold ’em. At showdown, each player’s hand is … Read More

Probability for starting hands in Texas Hold ’em

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The probability of being dealt various starting hands can be explicitly calculated. In Texas Hold ’em, a player is dealt two down (or hole) cards. The first card can be any one of 52 playing cards in the deck and … Read More

Community card poker – Texas hold ’em

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This is the most popular community card game today. Each player is dealt two private cards, after which there is a betting round. Then three community cards are dealt face up (in no particular order or pattern), followed by a … Read More

Poker probability for Texas hold ’em

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In poker, the probability of many events can be determined by direct calculation. This article discusses how to compute the probabilities for many commonly occurring events in the game of Texas hold ’em and provides some probabilities and odds[1] for … Read More

Community card poker

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About the time of World War II, many modern poker games used community cards (also called “shared cards” or “window cards”), which are cards dealt face up to the center of the table and shared by all players. In these … Read More

Texas hold ’em in popular culture

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Joe Hachem, winner of 2005 World Series of Poker main event In 1998, the movie Rounders starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton gave moviegoers a romantic view of poker as a way of life. Texas hold ’em was the main … Read More

Nut hand

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In poker, the nut hand, or just the nuts, is the strongest hand possible in any particular situation. The term applies mostly to community card poker games to mean the individual holding that makes the strongest hand possible with the … Read More

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