How does the Sklansky table work?

The Sklansky table is a method for playing poker, in the Texas Hold’em version that you find in numerous online casinos, through which the way to behave on the first round of betting (the so-called pre-flop) is indicated based on the two cards that are received and the position at the table.

Sklansky table: the origins

David Sklansky is one of the world’s leading Texas Hold’em experts, analyzing the game from a mathematical point of view and proposing a method, his famous table, to decide how to behave based on the two personal cards.

What does the Sklansky table consist of?

In his table are then inserted all the theoretically possible combinations of two starting cards, assigning each pair a group to which they belong (in total there are 8 groups, sorted from best to worst, in total 72 starting hands). If your combination is not part of any group, it is better not to play the hand and fold. The Sklansky table is therefore not only theory, but proposes operational indications for each of the possible 1326 combinations of 2 cards drawn from a deck of 52.

The principle of the Sklansky table

Its founding principle is that this pair according to Sklansky has a different value than the position we occupy in the table. In essence, it is a useful guide for beginners, but not to be taken too literally since it does not take into account the psychology of the players and the raises of others. It is certainly a basis on which to think, following the 80’s philosophy of its creator: “Whenever you play a hand differently from how you would have played it if you could have seen all your opponents’ cards, they win; and every time you play your hand the same way you would have played if you could have seen all their cards, they lose ”. Simple, isn’t it?…

The rules of Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker

Ultimate Texas Hold’em is a variant of the more famous Texas Hold’em, which itself is a variant of classic poker, with all its combinations. So if you are a poker enthusiast or online casino visitor in general, you have surely heard of it!

If it sounds like something new, don’t worry, we’ll take care of analyzing the rules and how Ultimate Poker Texas Hold’em works in detail.

Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker: How to Play

In Ultimate Texas Hold’em it is important to understand how to play from the beginning; in fact in this particular mode of poker you will not play against other players but only against the dealer. Furthermore, you can decide how much to bet while the hand is in progress and not just at the beginning. The aim of Ultimate Texas Hold’em is therefore to be able to overcome the dealer’s score by virtue of the best five-card hand, following the two cards received by the dealer plus the five community cards placed in the center of the table.

Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker: The Bets

The game begins by placing the two mandatory bets, the Ante and the Blind (the Blind is of the same value as the Ante), after which two cards are dealt to each player face up, while the dealer deals two face down. At this point you can bet Preflop, that is, before the bank (or dealer) turns over other cards on the table. In this phase you can bet an amount equal to 3 or 4 times the initial bet. But you can also not bet, by checking (essentially ‘passing’) and waiting for the three cards of the Flop, placed in a community way in the center of the table. After the Flop, therefore with five cards available (your 2 plus the 3 of the Flop), you can decide to bet. The sum, at this point in the game, must be 2 times that bet at the beginning. At this point the dealer turns over two more cards, thus placing Turn and River in the center of the table. At this point both the players (who can be unlimited in number) and the dealer have their two cards and the five communes available to create the best possible five-a-side poker combination. After the River there is the last chance to bet, now an amount equal to the initial bet. It is not mandatory to do so, but if you do not do it yet the dealer collects the initial money.

Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker: Side Bets

The main side bet of Ultimate Poker Texas Hold’em is the one commonly called Trips. The Trips bet can be made before the start of the game round and pays when the player’s final five-card hand has a score equal to or greater than Three of a Kind, regardless of the dealer’s hand.