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To say that poker is a game of cards is to say that chess is a game of figures. It seems that everything is true, but absolutely does not reflect the essence of the game. Poker cards are just one of the player’s tools. And in many situations – far from the most important. For example, Annette Obrestad (Norway) became a poker legend, winning a 180-person tournament online and looking at her cards only once in an entire tournament. To do this, she taped a portion of the monitor with tape. Well, in order to dispel possible doubts about Annette’s level of professionalism, here are a few facts about her:

– It is considered the most successful poker player from Norway according to the results of offline tournaments (her prize in her career is almost twice as much as that of a player in second position);

– The youngest holder of the World Series of Poker bracelet (18 years old);

– won the very first Main Event of the World Series of Poker in Europe (2007);

– she still holds the record for the largest first prize won by a woman ($ 2.01 million).

But since without the cards in hand the player cannot claim the bank – a few words about them.

So, the most popular type of poker now is No Limit Texas Hold’em, or NLTH. “Unlimited” means that during your turn you can go all-in in any situation (with the exception of literally 1-2) (all-in in poker language).

Usually in a tournament 9 people sit at the same table. And since one of the most powerful factors in poker is exactly where the player is sitting (“position”), before the start of a tournament or a game day, there is a tradition of defining a “button”.

Button, other name “dealer” – from the English. button, dealer – conditionally means the dealer. Cards are dealt to participants clockwise, starting from the person sitting immediately behind the button. The same player must place the small blind before the hand, the next – the big blind (two times the small). Blinds are required. They form the initial bank for which the players are fighting. Before each distribution, the button moves one position clockwise so that all participants are alternately in equal conditions. The button is most often associated with the “blind stealing” technique.

Each of the participants in the distribution receives 2 cards face down (they are also called “pocket”). Next is the first round of bidding (“preflop”). Players who do not wish to continue participating in the deal discard their cards in the pass. The rest make bets.

Next, 3 community cards (“flop”) are laid out on the table, a round of betting takes place, a fourth community card (“turn”) is laid out, a round of betting passes, and finally the fifth community card (“river”) opens.

The goal of each player is either to make the opponent throw their cards in the pass (during any of the bidding rounds), thereby ceasing to fight for the bank, or to collect a combination of 5 cards better than the opponent’s. To do this, the player can use any community cards along with his own cards. That is, out of a total of 7 cards, only 5 are used, and if this is not necessary, the player may not use his own cards at all or use only one.

It is better to memorize card combinations, as well as their seniority, so that, unknowingly, you will not throw the best combination into the pass.