Texas Hold‘em is perhaps the most popular version of poker played worldwide. The games are exciting, fast-paced and involve a great deal of skill. PokerStars offers three variants of the game; Fixed Limit, No Limit and Pot Limit Hold‘em.
Experienced players will need no introduction to PokerStars, as it is the biggest, most popular gaming site on the Internet, especially for Texas Hold‘em. There are options to play for fun or play online for real money. Both these options are great for new and experienced players respectively.
The Fixed Limit game starts off with every player’s two individual hole cards, and five community cards. The goal of the game is to make the best possible hand using a combination of the two hole cards and the five community cards. The betting in Fixed Limit takes place in four rounds: firstly, the initial bet is made; the second round is the first raise; the third round is the second raise, and the fourth and last round is the cap or final raise.
Bluffing has always been a major component of poker, being a way to convince opponents that the hand a bluffing player is holding is better than it actually is. In Fixed Limit Texas Hold‘em however, it is best to refrain from early position bluffing, or even for that matter, complete bluffing. The limited rounds of betting leaves little room for opponents to force folds from other players. The best route to take is a middle path of semi-bluffing; the hand may not be the highest, but in a showdown, with bluffing, it is possible that it may just turn out to be the winning hand.
The strategy adopted by most players, in fact this technique is advised on the PokerStars website as well, is to play a tight game in Fixed Limit Texas Hold‘em. This means to play fewer hands, and to fold early with weaker hands. The tight poker playing strategy also allows semi-bluffing or bluffing to be effective. Another tactic used during Fixed Limit is aggressive play, where the players bet and raise. This is in contrast to passive play where the play is mostly more conservative, and therefore is usually made up of checks and calls.
Fixed Limit Texas Hold‘em is an excellent way to practice the skills involved in poker playing. Playing at low-limit tables initially will allow the beginner a chance to hone their tactics and the strategies they adopt. Additionally, other necessary skills like reading one’s opponents or calculating poker odds are best learned at low-limit tables.
The best way to get started with PokerStars is to avail oneself of their free poker room facility. The process is simple, involving one free download, and registration to the site. The most experienced players in poker have suffered great losses at some point of time or the other; they all agree that it is part of the learning process, and those losses were actually instrumental in making them better players