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Poker Lesson


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Brief overview of poker, used for a 30 minute lesson.

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Poker Lesson

  1. 1. Texas Holdem Poker "The Cadillac of Poker"
  2. 2. Aim: <ul><li>The aim of this lesson is to teach learners how to play Texas Holdem Poker. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Structure of Lesson <ul><li>Why play poker? </li></ul><ul><li>Ranking of hands </li></ul><ul><li>Structure of play </li></ul><ul><li>Player types </li></ul><ul><li>Game theory </li></ul><ul><li>Poker odds </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology of poker </li></ul>Ground Rules Please ask any questions as they arise. Do not talk amongst yourselves.
  4. 4. Why learn how to play? <ul><li>Poker has exploded in popularity recently. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike other casino games, it relies more on skill than luck. </li></ul><ul><li>You can win a lot of money with a relatively small stake. </li></ul><ul><li>Poker is a very social game - a big element of the game is player personality. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Ranking of Hands <ul><li>To win in poker you need to obtain the best possible hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Or make others to think that you have! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Phil Helmuths top 10 pre-flop hands <ul><li>1. A-A </li></ul><ul><li>2. K-K </li></ul><ul><li>3. Q-Q </li></ul><ul><li>4. A-K suited </li></ul><ul><li>5. J-J </li></ul><ul><li>6. 10-10 </li></ul><ul><li>7. 9-9 </li></ul><ul><li>8. 8-8 </li></ul><ul><li>9. A-Q suited </li></ul><ul><li>10. 7-7 </li></ul>
  7. 9. Game Theory - &quot;Game theory attempts to mathematically capture behavior in strategic situations, in which an individual's success in making choices depends on the choices of others&quot;. <ul><ul><li>Poker is a Zero Sum game - one players win is exactly the amount of the others players loss. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poker is a discrete game - there is only a limited number of outcomes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poker is a game of incomplete information - you cannot see all the information (unlike Chess). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use random method to avoid being read. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 11. Poker Odds <ul><li>You must have some idea of the odds of hitting an &quot;out&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  - for example if you have a flush draw on the flop then you have a 35% chance of hitting the flush before the end of the hand. </li></ul><ul><li>This can be calculated by; </li></ul><ul><li>(Number of outs) x (Number of cards left, i.e. 4th & 5th) x 2  </li></ul><ul><li>            9              x                       2                                  x 2  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>                                     = 36% </li></ul><ul><li>What does this reduce to on 4th street? </li></ul><ul><li>What chance do you think your opponents have? </li></ul>
  9. 12. Psychology of Poker <ul><li>Try to intimidate the other players </li></ul><ul><li>When weak, pretend to be strong </li></ul><ul><li>When strong, pretend to be weak </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Dominate weaker players - especially when playing heads up </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  10. 13. Summary <ul><li>Why play poker? </li></ul><ul><li>Ranking of hands </li></ul><ul><li>Structure of play </li></ul><ul><li>Player types </li></ul><ul><li>Game theory </li></ul><ul><li>Poker odds </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology of poker </li></ul>