How to Play Telesina 101- An Exciting Poker Variation

Betcoin is one of the only online poker rooms in the world to offer this game

by isnortbooze on November 21st, 2017

Ever been browsing around the poker client and clicked on the "OTHER" tab and wondered about Telesina? Or perhaps you have watched us get a game going in the player chat and wondered what Telesina is all about. Betcoin is one of the only online poker rooms in the world to offer this game, and it is one of the most fun poker variants around. There are many nuances and advanced strategy for this game, but today I will just go over the basics so next time we are playing, you can join in on the fun!

About Telesina
Like many forms of poker, the origins of Telesina are a bit of a mystery. Our best guess is that it originated in San Remo, Italy, where it is still commonly played to this day. Telesina is a stud game. This can turn some people off because they hear stud and assume it will be a sluggish, limit game. But actually, even No-Limit Hold 'em is considered a stud variant, since it uses face down and face up cards and adds cards through multiple betting rounds. The Telesina action is just as fast-paced as NLHE. Betcoin offers both pot limit and no limit games, but most of the action can be found at the NL tables, so for the purposes of my explanations below, I will assume that you are playing a no limit game.

Getting Started
You can buy into a Telesina game on Betcoin for as little as 40 big bets. So for just 2 chips, you can try out the .05/.1 tables and have enough chips to get in some good play and learn the game. The structure of Telesina is very similar to that of 5 Card Stud. You start out with an ante. Everyone who antes up receives 1 card down and 1 card up. The player with the best up card is asked to bring in. You can bring in for as little as the small bet amount but you can also get it all-in right off the bat if you have a great starting hand and think it can hold up. Spoiler alert: It often will not hold up. One of the things that makes No-Limit Telesina so exciting is that the best hand will often change from street to street, so you want to protect your hand with large bets, but you also want to see more cards if you believe you have a high percentage of catching what you need. So there are a lot of big pots and it is a lot of fun to get it in early and watch the cards fall. After the first round of betting, the players left in the hand will receive up to 3 more cards face up, each with another round of betting. The first player to bet is always the player with the best hand showing.

So far, what I have explained makes this game sound a lot like No-Limit 5 Card Stud. Now we will examine what makes this game unique. One of the biggest differences is the Vela card. This is the 6th card that is shared by all players as a community card. It is flipped up after the fourth round of betting and there is a fifth and final round after this. The Vela is a treacherous mistress and often will change everything. Another interesting aspect of Telesina is that the cards 2-6 are removed from the deck. This means that you can make a straight by having A-7-8-9-T. This also changes the odds of the game and a flush actually beats a full house because it becomes statistically less probable to occur. There are no ties in Telesina. The order of suits from strongest to weakest are Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades. If there is ever a tiebreaker situation, the suits will determine the winner. Besides the obvious flush over flush, this comes into play if both players have the same pair or two pair and the same kicker. When this happens, the suit of that kicker is what counts, not the next highest kicker. Just to spice things up a little more, if there are two players in the pot and you have the highest straight flush (T-J-Q-K-A of hearts), don't get too excited. If someone has the lowest straight flush (A-7-8-9-T of spades), you lose.
50 Thank You Tickets
As you can see, Telesina is a challenging game, but once you start playing it is very fun and you won't look back. I will get into more advanced strategy in a later article, but for now go try it out and learn on your own! Let me know what you think and if you have came up with any strategy on your own. I will be giving away some 50 Thank You Freeroll tickets to people who respond below.
Good luck!

 Filed under: Poker, Telesina, Tipsy Tips, Tipsy Talk


BigThangz: did someone say tele
Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:26

the greatest game on the network, WE NEED TELE MTT TOURNYS PLZ AND TY.

michigan1: LOVE me a little tele!!!
Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:57

LOVE me a little tele!!! Great fun game but also can be brutal.

LetsGumbol: Hahaha
Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:05

I knew this article was on the way! I personally enjoy the Michigan1 strategy of going all in with every single hand I get no matter what and praying for the best. Keep up the good work bro!

Talk to you soon.

1PEPPER1: Telesina is a stud game !!!!
Tue, 11/21/2017 - 19:35

Thanks , I have wondered what the game was and have always been so disappointed than no one plays stud on Betcoin , its the only cash game I like, so play it elsewhere. I will definitely be trying this out.

ssesse: Going to try
Tue, 11/21/2017 - 19:40

I don't play poker variants much but I will try tele, it actually sounds fun

jcmillionman: hmm...
Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:09

I enjoy 5 Card Stud, may have to try Telesina out & it'z on betcoin:) nice share!

Shahista: I got Telesinad
Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:35

The other day I seen boozey and michi talking about geting a game on Telesina so I thought Id sit with 2 chips to try it out but forgot I had maxbuyin in table setings active so I decided to stay and play with 10 :D

Got up to 14 then droped down to like 8-9 before a big pot was brewing
where I had QKKQ against TJQQ if I recall correctly with 1 card to come
and as I have seen that whatever the hidden card he has I am ahead at that point so I decided to get the last 6.50 chips or so allin "on the turn" michi snapcalled with a gutterball I thought and hit the 9 straight to bust me... turns out it was an open ended straight draw?!? well still was ahead hehe
yes very complex game :P and fun but bring your TILT shields along xD

<3 Long live BETCOIN!!! <3

Chris9999: Interesting Game
Tue, 11/21/2017 - 23:00

Im glad to see other games being played other than holdem

BTCNomNomNom: While I have always seen and
Wed, 11/22/2017 - 06:47

While I have always seen and wondered about this game, seeing it in the poker client, I have never taken the time to read up on it.

Based on what booze wrote, this game peaks my interest. I first started poker playing 5 card stud with my dad at the ripe ol age of about 10.

Because this is seems to be somewhat of an exotic poker varient, there seems to be the possibility having a huge advantage to people that are familiar with proper strategy!! This is very exciting because nlhe has been getting a bit stale to me as of late. Hope to get a chance to build a little roll to play and probably donate at this game type.

Get article as usual booze

Underworld: First time hear about this :D
Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:30

I`m opening poker and I will see right now what is this all about :D I hear for this telesina 101 for the first time. Well tables are empty, I will come and try it later :D

MysticNinjaCat: Even though telesina
Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:47

Even though telesina obviously differs quite a bit from texas holdem and other poker games the most important rules behind being a winning player in it are the same. I'm not going to tell you how to play specific hands and what starting hands you should play. This is because those things depend entirely on your overall game plan and who you are playing against, as well as about your personal preferences. However here are some tips for telesina.

1) Take care of your poker roll.

If you play for fun never keep more money on your online poker account than you can lose and still smile. If you play for living or are a serious player always make sure that you don’t have the risk of going broke and losing your poker bankroll.

2) Spot the bad players and play against them

The bad players are usually quite easy to find, and usually if you cant tell within 15minutes of sitting in to the table if player is bad or good he is good. The bad players will constantly make the kind of mistakes (usually taking way too weak hands too far) that will make you roll our eyes.

3) Take advantage of the promotions

You bring lot of money to the online poker rooms in form of rake. Thus it is your right to take advantage of all the promotions and bonus offers that they give to you.

4) Pay attention to the cards other players have.

Telesina is a game in which you get to instantly see almost all of your opponents cards. And as such you always pay attention to them, for an example if there are already loads of diamonds already out on the field and you are drawing to a diamond flush draw it naturally reduces your chances of hitting the flush greatly.

5) Remember that it is mainly a mind game.

In a poker game such as Telesina in which everybody can see almost all the cards and thus has lot of information on the type of hands their opponenets are likely to hold the game turns into a “mind war”. In other words if your opponent knows exactly what you have you are in big problems, and if you know exactly what your opponent has he is in big problems. Thus you should do your best to confuse your opponents – while avoiding making to costly moves.

Linux911: Search for @Linux911 on Steemit
Thu, 11/23/2017 - 19:17

I do not like to play No-Limit 5 Card Stud, but the information is useful for fans of this type of game .....

jramy: Wow
Thu, 11/23/2017 - 21:36

Wow this is quite interesting. You know throughout my entire time at betcoin I never once noticed this poker game. I have to try it sometime in the future maybe betcoin can introduce some promotion regarding this stud game. From reading it seems interesting so I look forward to beating you on the tables ;)

Skippybp: Nut peddling like 08
Fri, 11/24/2017 - 14:12

The only strategy is to nut peddle

Since so many cards are removed you need to only play the top 10% of hands

winawyna: I will try this out see if I
Fri, 11/24/2017 - 16:21

I will try this out see if I can get the hang of it.. seems interesting

isnortbooze: Tickets issued
Fri, 11/24/2017 - 18:39

Good luck all!

GamingOn: New Game To Me
Sat, 11/25/2017 - 14:16

I like to play Stud so this would be cool thanks for letting me know about this game.

zedninja: Nice one
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 07:57

Great short & sharp 101 on telesina. Thank You ! ;)

V10n: Cool!
Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:53

will definitely be trying some of these variants!

StareYouDown: Telesina second best game ever.
Mon, 12/04/2017 - 00:33

Next article please mention the shove pray strategy :) if you aint praying good, you aint winning.

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