Live Texas Hold’em
Poker as an overall card game genre is one of the most popular and well known of all casino games. Within poker there are numerous poker versions, each having different rules and requirements, and often needing different skillsets and strategies in order to be successful. Some versions rely even more on luck than others, and so on.
All variants do have similar forms of betting and this is consistent no matter what poker version is being played. However, within poker there is one standout game – this is Texas Hold’em. The game became popular in the 1970s during the first poker boom. Tournaments came into being, and soon the game was becoming a household name.
With the increase in technology, Texas Hold’em was one of the first poker variants to enter the online world, and was very soon translated into a live game thus bringing the thrill and excitement to people around the globe who otherwise might not be able to participate in such a fun game.
How to play live Texas Hold’em
In order to play any live game, players first need to sign up to an online casino. This entails filling out a simple form with name, date of birth, email and a password. Once this has been completed and the account has been activated, players can then move on to trying the games. For all live games, though, players need to make a real cash deposit into their account as no live games can be played as a demo version. At this point the players can make their way to the live casino lobby and select the Texas Hold’em game that suits their bankroll.
Once settled at the table, the player will be greeted with a live video feed complete with a real dealer. Players can converse with the dealer and also the other players that will be in attendance around the table via a live chat function, which can be found on the virtual section of their screen. The setup of the table is exactly the same as it would be in a land based casino with the seating arrangement of the players based on which player took which empty seat when arriving at the game. There are multiple cameras set up throughout the room, which will relay all of the game action instantly so that players can be fully immersed in the experience.
Once everyone is settled and the table is ready, the game can begin. The rules of Texas Hold’em are simple. The dealer will hand each player two cards face down. Each player will then look at their cards without showing them to other players. A round of betting will commence where players can check, bet or even fold from the start. Once this has ended, the dealer will then deal three community cards. These will be face up on the table for all players to see. At this point, there is another round of betting, folding etc. and then a fourth community card is placed on the table. Another betting round occurs, culminating in a fifth and final card being placed on the table. These community cards can then be used by all players to create the best possible value of their hand. Players can only use five cards, but they can be used from the community or the cards in their hand. In some cases, players may choose to use solely those community cards. The hand will end if all other players fold leaving one player victorious – they do not have to show their cards if they win in this fashion. Alternatively, there will be a faceoff where two or more players continue to bet and raise until finally a player calls, and the hands are shown to the whole table. The player that has the highest value hand will win. In the live game, any winnings will be instantly credited to the winning players online casino account.
The History of Texas Hold’em
Poker as a whole has a rather hazy history, and the history behind Texas Hold’em is no less vague. It is, however, believed to have arisen in the 1900s in Robstown, Texas. The game slowly spread throughout Texas before making its way to Las Vegas in 1967. For many years there was only one casino in Las Vegas that offered the game to the masses, and this was the Golden Nugget Casino. It was considered to not have such a high level of clientele and as such did not have that many rich clients frequenting its poker rooms. However, professional players who liked the game soon sought to have the game moved to more suitable quarters, and in 1969 professional card players were invited to play Texas Hold’em at the now destroyed Dunes Casino. This casino was prominently located on Las Vegas Strip and was also allowing relatively new players to participate, which meant that the game was a rather lucrative event for the professional players.
In 1970 the World Series of Poker tournament came to being, and it was moved to the Binion’s and Horseshoe casino, where it was soon suggested that the main event should be a no limit Texas Hold’em game. It was agreed, and the event saw a huge amount of interest, which only continued to grow in the following years. As poker tournaments became more popular, more players started joining, and so did the interest in Texas Hold’em. By the 1980s, Texas Hold’em had piqued interest outside the state and was soon deemed to be different to the game stud-horse, after which it truly flourished. In the 1980s the game was introduced to European card players, and with the arrival of technology in the late 1990s, Texas Hold’em was truly here to stay.
The simplicity of the game, the rise of online poker in early 2000s, and the use of the game in popular culture have all served to propel this once unknown game into the limelight, where it has since gone from strength to strength.