St. Petersburg, FL, February 09, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- New to Texas Hold'em? Ever looked at one of those little business card size Texas Hold'em starting hand charts that shows you how to play every starting hand from every position and wished there was a simple way to memorize it? Well, good news. Texas Hold’em Flash Cards by Winner Mobile is a new app for iPhone and iPad that can help you do just that.
Recently featured in Poker Pro Magazine’s “Gotta Have It” section, Texas Hold’em Flash Cards is a free app that includes 62 unique flash cards with advice on how to play every starting hand from “rags” (poor starting hands) on up to premium hands like a pair of aces. On each flash card users will find a short tip for playing Limit Hold’em, and a longer tip for playing No Limit Hold’em. Users can choose any one of the starting hands and view the advice for that particular hand - a handy reference feature when playing online.
For a small additional fee users can download the Texas Hold’em Flash Cards’ Memorizer Quiz. This powerful in-app add-on feature contains more than 1,000 randomized situations. Users are dealt a random starting hand, given a random table position (early, middle, late, small blind, big blind), and presented with a random pot state (unraised, raised, reraised) and then quizzed on whether they should fold, call, or raise.
Texas Hold’em Flash Cards was developed for Winner Mobile by a relatively unknown player by the name of Rick Schettino (no relation to the recently infamous Costa Concordia cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino).
“Back in 2006 I started working on producing a deck of flash cards for Hold’em players that simply had a starting hand on one side and some short advice on the other side. That project got put aside,” Schettino tells us.
“In 2011 I started Winner Mobile to develop iPhone apps and I figured I'd make an app out of the flash cards idea to get my feet wet. I wanted it to have an actual randomized quiz, so I built a database using the standard starting hand chart. When I started manipulating and sorting the data I noticed that the strategies for the starting hands could be separated into a small number of groups such as Premium Hands, Raising Hands, Calling Hands, and Limping Hands, with positional sub groups.
“I put together the app and started using it and over a couple days I had memorized the entire chart. I was amazed. I had read all the best poker books and scores of articles online on poker web sites but I learned more in a few days of using my own app than I learned in all those books and articles.”
It was then that Schettino realized he was onto something - a powerful teaching tool that could help new players very quickly get up to speed on how to play every starting hand in Texas Hold’em. “I realized that this could become required curriculum for new players and that it needed to also be put into a book format.”
Schettino is currently putting the finishing touches on his first book, “Starting Hands - Tips and Strategies for Playing Every Starting Hand In Texas Hold’em Poker.” He is also working on a follow-up app called “Texas Hold’em Flash Cards II” to help players memorize outs and odds for post-flop play and plans to put together a workbook based on THFC II.
Sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office? Riding a bus? Waiting for a plane? Put that time to good use and get a crash course in Texas Hold’em strategies on your iPhone for less than the price of a cup of coffee. With repeated use you’ll quickly learn exactly when to fold and when to hold’em!
Look for Winner Mobile's Texas Hold’em Flash Cards in the iTunes Store and Apple’s App Store. Or visit http://texasholdemflashcards.com.