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