Texas hold 'emTexas Holdem, also called Holdem, is the most popular poker variant played mostly in United States casino. In contrast to other poker games like stud or draw where each player holds a separate individual hand, Hold 'em is a community card game where each player may use any combination of the five community cards and their own two hole cards to make a poker hand.
After slow but steady gains in popularity throughout the 20th century, hold 'em's popularity surged in the 2000s due to exposure on television, on the Internet, and in popular literature. During this time Hold 'em replaced 7 card stud as the most common game in U.S. casinos, almost totally eclipsing the once popular game. The no-limit betting form is used in the widely televised main event of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the World Poker Tour (WPT).
Since each player only starts with two cards and the remaining cards are shared, it presents an opportune game for strategic analysis (including mathematical analysis). Hold 'em's popularity & simplicity has inspired an extensive variety of strategy books which provide recommendations for proper play. Most of these books advise a strategy that involves playing relatively fewer hands however, betting and raising often with the hands one plays.
Texas Hold’em areas of note include:
Stake Limit: If you are angling for higher stakes Texas Hold'em (e.g. fixed limit $10/$20 or no-limit $2/$4 and up), only a few rooms offer decent volume, particularly at off-peak hours.
Limit v/s No-Limit: Numerous of the leading poker rooms have a weaker No-Limit Texas Hold'em offering as well as fewer or no short-handed games (e.g. five-six player tables).
Ring Games v/s. Tournaments: There are immense differences in tournaments selection, in particular, whether the focus is on single tables (sit-and-go) or on scheduled multi-table events