About Limit Texas Hold'em Poker
Make no mistake, Texas Hold'em is the most popular of all poker games and is played worldwide. However, it can also prove to be quite a deceptive game of cards to less-skilled players. Many newcomers think all it takes is a chip and a chair, and then call down every hand without taking note of their opponents' play. These players usually learn the hard way, if at all.
As in any game of poker, the objective in playing Limit Texas Hold'em is to win most of the hands by forming the best five cards out of seven. It's usually played by two to ten players and is a game where reading your opponents' hands is about the best strategic tool you can have. This is because when playing in a fixed-limit game, you are unable to raise enough to narrow the field. Therefore the players with drawing hands hang in there, all the way to the river, and draw out on you to win the pot.
Legends say that the earliest game of Texas Hold'em was probably played in Robstown, Texas, in the early 1900s. The game then supposedly migrated to Dallas around 1925, and then found its way to Las Vegas with a group of Texas gamblers and card sharks that included Doyle Brunson, Crandell Addington, and Amarillo Slim.
A dealer button, a white disk that looks like a hockey puck, is used to represent the player in the most advantageous position at the table. She is last to act before the forced blinds, having had the opportunity to see how her opponents appear to feel about their hands. If no one raised, then the button player can assume that her opponents have weak hands and can take advantage of their positions by raising and, hopefully, causing the blinds to fold, narrowing her field of opponents.