The Game Of Texas Hold’EMI

Texas Hold’EMI in a Card room

Texas Hold’EMI Online

Winning poker



Putting It all together

Psychological Considerations

Where to go from here

Places to Play

Appendix I Hold’EMI poker Variations

Appendix II Poker Tournaments


  Poker games were dealt on a large oval, felt-covered table in a casino or public card room. The table, which is shown below in the figure, had seated the dealer and up to 10 players. Generally there would have been no markings on the table.

  In Texas Hold’elm poker, the dealer was seated in front of a tray of chips. A plastic circle, imbedded in the table to the right of the dealer had provided a spot for separating the card room’s percentage of the pot, called the rake.  There was a slot in the table where the dealer had deposited cash from poker players that   had been buying-in, and a box to the dealer’s left where tips had placed. To indicate which person would have acted last in the hand, a small button had been used.

  The button started with the poker player to the immediate left of the dealer. The small blind was the person to the left of the button, and the big blind was the next personto the left. Play had proceeded from right to left.

  You had acted before the person on your left and after the person on your right. At the completion of each hand, the button had been passed to the next poker player on the left and the blind positions had been shifted accordingly.The dealer had conducted the game. All the poker players had received their cards from the dealer, and the dealer had exposed the community cards. The dealer had collected the bets from each player

Table Layout

  Aa nd, if necessary, had made changes. Poker players would never have reached into the pot or handled any chips but their own. Poker players would never have handled any cards other than the two that had been dealt to them. If there had been a showdown at the end of the hand, the dealer had inspected the hands and awarded the pot the Hold’elm player with the highest hand.

  In card room poker, cards would speak, meaning that you would not have had to state the contents of your hand. If you had mistakenly stated your hand, you would still have got the pot if your hand were the best. You should have always shown your cards at the showdown and let the dealer inspect them. You should have paid attention in case the dealer had made an error. Card rooms made money from poker, either by taking a percentage from every pot (the rake) or by having charged players for the time they had spent at the table.  I low-limit games (under $ 5/10) card rooms would have taken a rake, ordinarily about 5% of   the pot, up to a certain limit, such as $ 5.

  In higher limit games (over $ 10/20), card rooms had often charged poker players for table time instead of having taken a rake.  In a poker game paid for by a rake, the dealer would have taken the money after each round  of betting and would have put it in on the plastic circle on the table.  After each hand the money would have been moved to the dealer’s chip tray. The rake was not a trivial cost to poker players because poker was a zero-sum game – your loss would have been someone else’s gain.

  Let’s say, there had been a game with ten players starting with $100 each, resulting in $ 1000 on the table initially. If the poker players had been evenly matched and had never left the table, money  would have simply passed back and forth between them, with the card room having taken a little each time. It had been easy to see that if this game had gone on indefinitely, the card room would have ended up with all the money.

  To make money at poker, not only would you have had to be better than the other players, but also you would have had to beat the rake.  You should have won enough money to afford to give about 5% to the card room and play in games with new money entering. Besides the cost of the rake, it was customary to tip the dealer. A poker player normally gave tips after having won the pot. Generally poker players would have given the dealer a $ 1 chip after having won. Tipping had not been obligatory and for small pots $ 1 was a large cut and Haydn’t always be given. It was polite to tip dealers, but tips were another poker expense that had required to be controlled for profit to be realized.