So you’re interested in playing some real money Texas Hold’em. You’ve come to the right place; Bodog Poker has the games you’re looking for, with deep player pools and tables running around the clock. And if you’re learning how to play poker for the first time, Bodog is here to help. Start with these six fundamental concepts and build from there:


1. How to Play Texas Hold’em at Bodog

If you want to play real money poker at Bodog, you’ll need the right equipment to go online, either desktop or mobile. You’ll also need to sign up for an account at Bodog Poker, then download the poker client – that’s the software you’ll be using to play the game on your desktop (mobile users will play on our industry-leading mobile poker web app). Once you’ve installed the client and tried some Play Money games to get acquainted, make your first deposit to play for real stakes. And make sure to collect that 100% Poker Sign Up Bonus. Promotions like these are vital for keeping you in the game while you’re getting your feet wet.


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2. Hand Rankings & What They Are

When you’re learning how to play Texas Hold’em poker, your initial focus should be on learning the basic rules. That includes the standard poker hands rankings. The object of Texas Hold’em, in simple terms, is to win the pot by either having the best hand or getting everyone else to fold. Here’s the thing: Nobody is born knowing that a flush beats a straight, or that a straight flush beats four of a kind. Learn these hand rankings by heart before playing any real money poker at Bodog.


3. How to Win Online Texas Hold’em

Once you understand the rules of the game, you can start thinking about how to play Texas Hold’em like a boss. This can be broken down into three basic categories: strategy, game selection, and bankroll management. Spend a little time every day working on these three principles and building good habits. Many players focus too much of their effort on strategy, which can take a lifetime to perfect, without considering the two simpler concepts. Let’s take a moment to touch on all three, starting with game selection. Visit our Poker Guide for more indepth articles on Texas Hold'em.


4. Variations of Texas Hold’em

It’s a safe bet that you’re interested in playing no-limit Hold’em. However, you can also play fixed-limit Hold’em (or just limit Hold’em for short) at Bodog Poker. In this game, there are only two bet sizes: the small bet, which is the size of the big blind, and the big bet, which is twice the size of the small bet. You won’t get the same adrenaline rush as you will playing no-limit Hold’em, where you can go all-in when it’s your turn to bet, but limit Hold’em is an easier game to start with, and it will help protect you from losing big pots while you’re still learning.

There’s another important choice to make with your game selection: online poker tournaments, or cash games. Each has its merits, but tournaments are usually the better choice for beginners. The level of competition tends to be easier, you can’t lose more than your buy-in and entry fee, and there’s a big cash prize waiting at the end of the rainbow. Cash games require more skill, although they’re also easier to schedule. With that in mind, consider playing 1-table Sit-and-Go tournaments when you’re just starting out at Bodog Poker. They’re the simplest tournaments you can play and take less time to complete than standard multi-table tournaments.


5. Managing Your Texas Hold’em Bankroll

This is the most overlooked aspect of playing Texas Hold’em. It’s understandable; people want to play poker, not do accounting. But it only takes a few moments to learn the basics of bankroll management. At the very least, remember this old chestnut: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Spread your risk around by playing at stakes that you can afford. As a very basic rule of thumb, have at least 20 buy-ins for cash games, and don’t spend more than 1% of your bankroll on any one tournament.


6. Texas Hold’em Strategy

You’ve learned the rules of Texas Hold’em. You’ve figured out which games you want to play, and at which stakes. Now it’s time for an action plan. Poker is a game of skill and luck; if you make the right plays, you’ll have a better chance of winning. But what are the right plays? A lot of effort has been put into figuring that out, especially over the past 20 years of online poker. It can take years to learn these strategies and play at an expert level.

Not a problem. You don’t have to go on any five-year missions to play solid poker; by learning the basics, you can make the move from beginner to intermediate in a matter of months. Start with the two most important concepts in poker strategy: aggression and position. Aggression refers to the choices you make at the table. Betting and raising are aggressive moves while checking and calling are passive moves (folding is neither). Position refers to where you’re sitting at the table, and whether you get to act first or last in a hand. For the most part, you want to make aggressive moves in position, meaning last to act. This is where you’ll make most of your money in poker.

You can learn more about how to play Texas Hold’em (as well as Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo) right here at Bodog Poker. In the meantime, now that you’ve been introduced to these six basic concepts, why not jump right in and try some Play Money games. You might be surprised at how much you’ve learned already.


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