Louisville's Guide to Texas Hold'em Poker

Miles checked and Cynn bet 13 million. Even though Eisen entered heads-up play with a big lead, both players had more than big blinds, and Ausmus put up a strong fight that lasted more hands 84 hands than it took to reach heads-up play 61 hands. Kevin Stemple While Cynn's fans, wearing white "Welcome to Cynn City" shirts, celebrated, Miles' raucous, black-clad supporters, suddenly subdued, filtered to the outer edges of the stage. Bad username or password Sign in.


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Three hands later, in Hand 57 , Adam Adler three-bet all in with , and Ausmus called with. Usually this would be a chop, with Adler the favorite to make a flush. The players were still talking about that hand when another all-in situation developed in Hand Eisen turned over , and it was a race situation. Stoyan Obreshkov was the short stack at that point, but he still had more than 50 big blinds, and with minute levels, there should have been no sense of urgency.

But three hands later, in Hand 61 , Obreshkov raised, Ausmus called, and Eisen three-bet it from the big blind. Obreshkov called, and Ausmus folded. There was already more than 2. Eisen bet K, and Obreshkov called, building the pot to 4. The turn card was the , Eisen check-raised all in, and Obreshkov called with and a freshly-turned pair of queens. But Eisen turned over , and when the hit the river, Obreshkov was out in third place. Unbelievably, it took only 61 hands to shrink the field down from nine to two, but that meant the final two were deep, with more than big blinds each.

These were the approximate chip counts at the start of heads-up play:. Then, in Hand 84 , Eisen and Ausmus saw a flop of. Ausmus bet ,, and Eisen called. The river card was the , Ausmus checked, Eisen bet 2. Eisen eventually called with for a rivered nine-high straight, but Ausmus turned over to win a pot worth Eisen three-bet it before a flop of , and then check-called a 1 million bet from Ausmus. The turn was the , and again Eisen checked, Ausmus bet 2.

Eisen checked for the third street in a row, and Ausmus moved all in. Eisen tanked for a long time before he called, and Ausmus showed for a flopped two pair.

But Eisen turned over to win the pot with a jack-high straight and double up into a massive 30 million-to-6 million chip lead. Ausmus was knocked down, but not out, and he fought hard for more than an hour on the short stack, making great folds and unwilling to give up. But as the blinds got larger and his stack got smaller, he would have to make a stand, and when Eisen shoved the button in Hand with , Ausmus eventually called all in for 19 big blinds with.

For example, cards which are not sequenced in the proper order can form a winning hand if all of them bear the same suit. When the Flush ties with another player, then follow the rules for High Card. A Straight is a five-card combination which is ranked in order but does not hold the same suit.

An example of this winning combination is The Ace can be taken as either a high or low card. For example, it can be used as one in an A combination or it can also be used as the highest card in a J-Q-K-A combination. Three of a Kind is a combination of three cards of the same rank with another two cards not being a pair.

A player can use J-J-J and form this kind of hand. The hand with a higher 3-card combination is declared the winner of the game. A two pair is a combination of "two pairs of cards" with the 5th card being anything. The highest pair wins the game. However, if the hands have the same high pair, the second pair wins. A pair is a combination of two same cards and three dissimilar cards. The hand with the highest pair wins. The high card — despite its name — is the losing combination in a Texas Holdem game.

If your cards do not match the combinations listed above, then the winning hand comes down to the one who holds the highest ranking card. If there is a tie on the first card, the second and the succeeding cards will be the basis of whoever wins the Texas Holdem game.

Getting Familiar with the Texas Holdem Hands One of the most important parts of learning Texas Holdem is getting familiar with the different winning hands. Four of a Kind Four of a Kind are a group of cards with the same rank but may have different suits. Full House A Full House is three cards of the same kind plus a pair.

Flush A Flush is a hand where all of the five cards are in the same suit. Straight A Straight is a five-card combination which is ranked in order but does not hold the same suit.

Getting Familiar with the Texas Holdem Hands