Professional poker player Chris Moneymaker (World Series of Poker Champion) was instrumental in making the card game an international hype in 2003. With James Bond in "007 - Casino Royale", the wave became even bigger. In the meantime, poker has also arrived in the living rooms of the Swiss. With friends in the online casino, with or without real money - many are in poker fever!
Honestly, poker is one of the most difficult casino games to learn. Other games, such as baccarat, blackjack or roulette are much easier in this respect and can be learned quickly. While most other games are much more dependent on luck, with poker it is more possible to work out strategies and take the game into your own hands. It doesn't matter whether you play for free in the demo version or for real money in the online casino. The strategies can be applied and refined again and again. Even in a poker game at home with friends.
When you play poker for free, there is one difference to playing for real money: The chips are not bought by the players, but simply divided equally among all the players. In a casino open to the public, you will most likely not be offered a free variant of poker. This is quite different in an online casino - as is the case at 7Melons.ch: Here, there are often demo versions where you can get to know and understand poker without betting any money.
Probably the most popular variant of poker is "Texas Holdem". Each player receives two cards at the start. Then the first round of betting takes place. In this round, players can either call or fold based on their cards. Next, the dealer reveals three cards (so-called community cards) in the middle of the table. These can be claimed by all players in addition to their cards in hand. Professionals often call these community cards the "flop". The flop is followed by the "turn". Here the dealer reveals another community card. This is followed by another round of betting. After that, the last community card is revealed - the "river".
Now it's down to the nitty-gritty: the players now form what they hope is the best hand from their cards and the community cards. In the round that follows the river, you have the opportunity to bet money for the last time. This allows you - depending on the hand - to increase your winnings or bluff your opponents. In the end, the player with the best hand wins. All the chips bet by the other players thus go to him as winnings.
The minimum bet per round of poker is called the blind. Certain players at the table must make this bet. Normally there is a big blind and a small blind, whereby the big blind is always twice as high as the small blind.
At the beginning of the round, the player sitting to the left of the dealer posts the small blind. The player sitting to the left of this small blind posts the big blind. Every other player who wants to join the round must now post at least the big blind. If a player wants to raise his bet immediately, the raise must also be at least as high as the big blind.
There are many different playing strategies in poker. Each of them can potentially lead to success. These strategies, once learned, can be used online and offline, with real money or in free games.
A poker player who plays in the Tight-Aggressive Style will play relatively few hands. However, when he does play, these hands are above average in strength. Skilled poker players in this style can often win a lot of money - without a showdown. In the case of a bluff, the tight aggressive player is very often believed because he played the few hands very strongly in the preliminary rounds.
In the tight-passive style of play, the player is much more restrained: while the aggressive player plays the strong hands, the passive one also holds back the partial ones. He takes advantage of the aggressive play of other players if he has a strong hand himself.
This style is aggressive because the player plays relatively many starting hands. Since he plays often, statistically he is also particularly often in the situation of not having a strong hand and therefore having to bluff. This strategy is especially fruitful when one is in a beginner's round. Less experienced poker players are often overtaxed in dealing with the loose-aggressive style of play.
As with the tight style, there is not only an aggressive but also a passive style of play in the loose style. Such players play many hands, but very cautiously and passively. One can hardly speak of a tactic here, because the style is very difficult to see through. Basically, it is said that money can hardly be earned in the long term with this tactic.
Uncertainty is a big issue in poker. Various moves aim to move opponents into uncertain territory so that they make bad decisions. Experienced players can then take advantage of these mistakes. Whether you play in an online casino or in a public casino, you should know or be familiar with the following moves.
You have probably heard of a so-called check-raise. In this poker move, a player checks first. In other words, he does not make a bet. However, if another player makes a bet, the first player jumps up and raises the bet. This move radiates a lot of strength and self-confidence. For this reason, it is also a typical move for bluffing. But even apart from a bluff, this strategy can be useful. If you win as a result, the stakes are often much higher.
The continuation bet (or Cbet) is when a player raises his bet before the flop. This also signals strength and security. That is why it is often recommended to bet again right after the flop. This increases the pressure on the other players, which is why some will fold. The aim of this bet is to get the pot without having to go to the showdown.
So that you are prepared for the next poker tournament, we will go into the five most important basic terms and rules below. This will enable you to play your first poker rounds in a relaxed manner, whether online or offline.
Translated, "bet" means "wager". In poker, the bet is that you will hold the best hand at the table. So bet means nothing more than placing your bet.
Check or check means to pass on. If you do not want to increase the current bet, you check and pass on to the next player. When all players have checked, the next card is shown. Checking does not increase the pot. The option to check is removed as soon as one of the players has raised the bet. In this situation, the player must either put down his cards ("fold"), call ("call") or raise the bet additionally ("raise").
When it is your turn, you confirm the call of a bet with Call. In other words, you confirm that you will raise your bet to the same amount as your predecessor.
With a "raise" you increase the bet yourself during the game. Next to fold and call, this is the third option how you can proceed. If you have decided to raise, your next bet must be at least twice as high as the initial bet. After that, the round passes on to the next player, who then also has the option to fold, call or raise.
If you decide to pass, this is called a fold. You end the current round for yourself by putting down the cards. By doing this, you lose the possibility of the pot and sit out the rest of the round until a new one starts. Between the two options, fold and check, check is often the better option. Reason: This keeps you in the game longer, allows you to continue to weigh things up and still has the chance to win the pot.
The big showdown, of course, takes place at the end of a poker game. At this point, the hands are compared and a winner is chosen. The player who placed the first bet lays his cards face up. The other players who are still in the game can now also reveal their cards or hand them over to the dealer face down. The first version only makes sense if the player's own cards are higher than the hand already revealed.
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