Texas Holdem poker has gone from being a relatively unknown game just two years ago to practically dominating all media coverage about casinos and gambling. Multiple television shows are devoted to watching professionals and celebrities go “all in” against each other in order to win huge pots of money–for themselves and for their charities. Movie star Ben Affleck won the California Texas Holdem championship, shining even more light on this game that was once the province of only a knowledgeable few.
The technology that allowed players’ poker hands to be photographed live with tiny cameras transformed Texas Holdem into a spectator sport. The ability to know what each player is holding turned a game that was once boring and frustrating to watch into a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat event. This single innovation essentially introduced the world into an entire new sport that has grown exponentially in a very short time.
Don’t Mess with Texas
Many websites have cropped up that offer novices the ability to dip their toes in the poker world, but only online gambling casinos let players partake in the actual game for real money. Poker is a game about betting, and while playing with simulated chips may be diverting, it does very little to make a player better at the game. Only when there is something to lose does the true player emerge.
Texas Holdem is not as easy as the players on television make it look. Hours of practice and hand after hand of trial and error are required in order for a new player to be competitive against live opponents. It is always a good idea to play against people of a similar skill level when first starting out at this game, and never bet more than you are willing to lose.