iPhone Poker Hold’em Thrills
If you’re lucky enough to own an iPhone, you’ve got the perfect mobile device to play Poker on. The sensitive touchscreen, great retina display and processing power will immerse you completely, no matter where you happen to be. Texas Hold’em Poker is unquestionably the most popular form of the game played today, both online and offline, so it’s a great starting block. To get your iPhone Poker Hold’em adventures off on the right foot, check out the guidelines here.
Texas Hold’em Game Structure
The first thing to do in an iPhone Poker Hold’em game, or any other Texas Hold’em game, is establish a betting structure, usually by using Blinds. This means two players put money down before any cards are dealt. Everyone then gets 2 face-down cards, called the Pocket Cards, and a round of betting called the Preflop follows. Here, based on their Pocket Cards, every player can choose to Fold and forfeit the round, Call and match the previous player’s betting amount or Raise and bet higher than the preceding amount. For each game, the rules determining the amount you need to Raise by are set at the start.
Next comes Burning the Card, where the deck’s top card is removed by the Dealer to cut any cheating plans short, followed by another round of betting called the Flop. The Dealer sets out 3 communal cards face up so everyone can see them. By the end of the game there will be 5 communal cards and any of these, as well as the player’s 2 Pocket Cards, can be used to make up a winning Poker hand. With this in mind another round of betting ensues. The same rules are followed as in the Preflop, and at the end the card at the top of the deck is burned again.
After this another communal card, called the Turn Card, is placed with the others. The same process of betting and Burning the Card is followed, and then a 5th communal card, called the River. is placed with the other 4. At the end of this round, everyone left in the game shows their hand in what is known as the Showdown. The usual Poker hand rankings are used in iPhone Poker Hold’em, and the player with the best hand takes the prize pot.
There are a few Hold’em variations that affect the bets you’re allowed to place. In Limit Hold’em the Bets and Raises in the first 2 rounds need to be equal in size to the second Blind, and are called the Small Bet. In No Limit Hold’em, Bets and Raises can be as high as your chips allow and in a Mixed Hold’em game, these two sets of rules are alternated between rounds. For No Pot Limit Hold’em, the maximum bet allowed is determined by the size of the pot.
Onwards and Upwards
The mix of strategy and chance is what has drawn players to Poker since it was first played in the Frontier towns of America, and once you’ve started playing you won’t want to stop. With your iPhone Poker Hold’em games can be enjoyed around the clock, and you’ll also have plenty of resources to improve your game at your fingertips. Look out for websites and chatrooms that are dedicated to the subject, applications that help you practice or highlight commo mistakes, and many other innovations to help you along the way. This really is a journey of playing pleasure and discovery that will last a lifetime.