Mobile Poker Hold’em
Texas Hold’em, also called Texas Holdem, Holdem and Hold’em, is recognised in Texas Legislature as having originated in Robstown in the Lone Star State during the early 1900s. Today it is one of the most popular Poker variations in the world, and is the H is H.O.R.S.E. and H.O.S.E. or S.H.O.E. games. This is a very common mix of Poker versions played in a single sitting, and is a great challenge for seasoned players.
Online and mobile Poker games have proven to be just as popular as their land-based counterparts, and mobile Poker Hold’em is the most widely available version. Many people actually find playing on their handsets more immersive than on a desktop computer, because of the touchscreen technology. The software has been especially developed or adapted to suit the smaller screens and processing power of mobile devices, and today players using Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows or any other handsets and operating systems can enjoy smooth, high-quality game play.
Mobile Poker Hold’em Basics
Mobile Poker Hold’em is played in the same way that the game is played in land-based and original online Poker rooms, and a single52-card deck is used. To start, each player is dealt 2 face-down cards, called the Hole or Hold cards.
Following this, 5 Community Cards are dealt face-up in 3 stages. In the first stage, called the Flop, 3 cards are dealt. In the other 2 stages, known as the Turn or Fourth Street and the River or Fifth Street, a single card is given.
The objective in the game is for each player to create the best 5-card hand that they can, by combining their Hold Cards with the Community Cards. If the highest hand combination possible for a player consists of the 5 Community Cards and none of their own Hold Cards, they are said to be Playing the Board.
Bets are placed before any cards are given out, and then after each round is dealt. This means that Texas Hold’em involves 4 rounds of stakes, making it one of the more cerebral Poker variants.
Small and Big Blinds are placed before the Hold Cards are dealt, to get the game going with some money in the pot. Their amounts should be pre-specified.
Wagering then continues around the table in an anti-clockwise clockwise fashion, and then the Flop is dealt. Another round of betting ensues, and the same happens for the Turn and the River. For each round, players can choose to check, call, raise or fold, meaning they can stay in the game without placing a bet, match the wager that came before them, increase the stake size or opt out of the round and forfeit what they’ve already bet.
Normal Poker hand rankings are used, and if a player ends up Playing the Board and winning the pot will be split. If there is a tie, individual cards will be used to break it. The 2 unused cards in the players’ hands are completely disregarded.
Advanced Mobile Poker Hold’em
The rules described above only just scratch the surface of Texas Hold’em, and there are many more complex rules to learn as you go along. Specific house rules and myriad playing etiquette rules should also keep things interesting.
One of the best things about mobile Poker Hold’em is being able to play for free as well as for real money, and being able to play whenever and wherever suits you best. Use these opportunities to try out new strategies and practice as much as possible, to help you develop your game.