The Game Of Texas Hold’Em

Texas Hold’Em in a Cardroom

Texas Hold’Em Online

Winning poker

Tactics

Strategies

Putting It all together

Psychological Considerations

Where to go from here

Places to Play

Appendix I Hold’Em poker Variations

Appendix II Poker Tournaments

PLACES TO PLAY

Online Cardrooms

  As of February 2007, the following information is current. Be advised that the Internet will be in constant change.  Links to Web sites and poker game availability could and does change overnight. You should check the companion Web site for this book http://www.intelligentpoker.com   for updated information and for the latest access to online poker cardrooms. Online poker has been a fast growing industry with many new cardrooms appearing during the past two years. The following list is a sample of some of the major venues and their features. It is not supposed to be comprehensive.

  One additional note for Mac users: while most online poker cardrooms would require the user to download software that runs on a Windows platform, it would be possible to simulate Windows on a Macintosh.

  A software package called Virtual PC ® has been made by Connect ix at http://www.connectix.com. This will simulate the Windows operating system on Macintosh and will allow the user to run Windows-based programs.

  Many of the software downloads from poker cardrooms have been known to run on a Macintosh that has used a Windows simulation.However, some trial and error could be required and only a few online cardrooms would officially support the use of Windows simulation software. For Windows users, exact system requirements would vary with the poker cardroom.

  As a general rule, you should plan on having at least a Pentium processor and Windows 95 or later installed. The more elaborate poker interfaces would require higher end computers. Before opening real-money accounts, you should experiment with several interfaces in play money games, to find the ones that would be most comfortable for both you and your computer.

  America’s Card Room:

  has had a program to pay proposition poker players who have been willing to commit to twenty hours of play perspective week. (Proposition Poker Players have been paid by the house to keep games going or get games started, but they have had to play with their own money.) 

URL: http://americascardroom.com

  Games Offered:

  Fixed limit Texas Hold’em, Seven-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud High/Low Eight or Better, Omaha, Omaha High/Low Eight or Better.

  Betting Limits:

  Would range from $ 0.50/1 up to $20/40.

  Promotions:

  You should check their News area for current promotions.

  Tournaments:

  You should check their tournament page.

  Mac Compatible:

  No.

  System Requirements:

  Windows 98 or later (would not work with Windows 95) and a Pentium processor. Software download would be required.

  Dynamite Poker

  Would be an inexpensive way to start online poker.

  They will offer Hold’em poker with nickel and dime betting limits and a variety of daily multi-table tournaments, some with buy-ins as low as $1.50.

  Many of their tournaments will feature bounty prizes on specific players as well as re-buys.

  As of this writing, only Hold’em poker and variations of Omaha have been available, but Seven-Card Stud has been planned for the future.

  URL: http://www.dynamitepoker.com

  Games Offered:

  Fixed-limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha High/Low Eight or Better.

  Betting Limits:

  Would range from $0.05/0.10 up to $10/20.

  Promotions:

  You should check their Promotions page for current offerings.

  Past promotions include ‘freeroll’ tournaments that have cash prizes but no entry fees.

  Tournaments:

  A wide variety will be offered, including private customized tournaments for groups of players on request.

  Mac Compatible:

  Yes, but Macintosh use would not be officially supported.

  Certain hardware/software combinations would work.

  You should contact Dynamite Poker for advice.

  System Requirements:

  Windows 95 or later. No software download would be required. Dynamite Poker would work through the web browser using Java scripts.You must have a Java enabled web browser Internet Explorer 4.01 or later/Netscape 4.x or later.