It’s Online Poker, But Little To Do With Texas


It’s a game that’s often seen in old western movies. The cowboys lounge in chairs in a smoke-filled saloon, eyeing each other carefully and making calculated bets slowly. But of course, there’s more to poker than just that. Although the cinema image does illustrate the game’s abiding popularity if nothing else.

What is attributed to Texas, but did not originate in Texas? Well, lots of things actually, including a certain president. But the thing I am referring to is of course, Texas Hold’em, arguably the most popular of all the poker variations played online, and offline, today.

“There’s a lot of different stories about how it started out, but surprisingly the story doesn’t begin in Texas as you would think. There seems to be a story from Life Magazine back in 1960’s or so about a game called ‘Hold Me Darling’ that was becoming a big poker variant, which later became ‘Hold Me’ and then lastly Hold’em as the final name. No clue as to the inventor, but this seems to be the origins of the name.”

So, why exactly is Texas Hold’em so popular? Well, it just is! An estimated 74 million or more people play the game on a regular basis all over the world. That’s popular!

Add up all the daily Internet searches for the term, “Texas Hold’em” and it comes in at something like 10 million. That’s more than the population of many small countries, for goodness sakes! Scotland has only half that many people living there, for example.

Countering a Check Raiser in Online Poker

If you have been playing online poker at any online casinos such as Zodiac Casino for a while then you will have encountered just about every type of player on the planet. There is one type of player that never ceases to annoy me and that is the constant check raiser. The check raise has a place in poker but it is a move that I almost never employ. In other situations, it just doesn’t make sense.

If you are lucky enough to get a too frequent check raiser at your online poker table, the best thing that you can do is to teach them a lesson. It might cost you a few chips building up to the lesson, but if you have a bankroll that can last through a bit of trauma then it almost always pays dividends. Tighten up your play, fold unless you have strong pocket cards and wait until you have something a little special. Johnny Check-raiser will often check raise as a bluff, if they have taken a few hands, chances are that he or she will keep trying to bluff you out of the hand. If you think that you have a commanding hand, then it is time to administer the discipline.

Don’t re-raise – Bet and call, remember you are drawing them into your trap.
Don’t bet too high – If you are holding solid cards, you want to make your opponent think that you are not so sure about playing them. You might need an escape route. You do not want to build up a pot that is so big that you cannot walk away from it.
Take your time – When you call their raise, let the turn clock wind down a bit. It gives the impression that you are nervous.
Re-raise on the river – If you have a very strong hand, don’t be afraid to go all-in after their raise. Worst case scenario they fold, best case they call and you will sting them.

Check Raisers can be annoying, but they can send a lot of chips your way if you play them in the right way.

Remember, in online poker, the tables always turn. All you need to do is to tighten up your game and wait for the right time to pounce.