Texas Hold’em is arguably the most popular form of poker.
It is widely considered to have the most strategy of all poker
games, yet the rules are quite simple.
It’s a very easy game to pick up –
a few quick pointers and you should be able to follow the course
of play, including betting and understanding what makes up a
how a hand of Texas Hold’em is played.
Each player is dealt two cards face down.
The Flop: Three
cards are dealt face up on the table.
The Turn: A
fourth card is dealt to the table.
The River: Finally,
a fifth card is dealt to the table.
The five cards on the table are community
cards. Your hand is formed by taking the best poker hand you
can by using any five out of the seven cards (5 community
+ 2 hole cards). But remember, all the players have access
to the community cards. When played for money, there is a
round of betting after a round of cards is dealt (so four
rounds of betting in total).
the basic rules for Texas Hold 'Em Poker:
Texas Hold'em can be played by between
2 and 11 players. The game is won by the player that has assembled
the best possible 5-card hand
A blind is a bet that is made before the
pocket cards are dealt to each poker player. The first two
poker players to the left of the dealer pay the blinds. The
Small Blind is posted by the first player and the Big Blind
by the second. The size of the big and small blinds are predetermined,
as well as the regular bets. The size of the small blind is
half the size of the big blind. Blinds and regular bets are
displayed in this format: $2/$4 or $50/$100
When the dealer is not playing, such as
in Casinos and some online poker tournaments, a round disc
-- known as a "dealer button" -- moves clockwise
from player to player with each hand. The button marks which
player would be the dealer so the blinds to move around the
table and players are aware of position.
To start, you’ll be dealt two cards ‘pocket cards’
– which you’ll keep to yourself. The remaining
five cards are community cards which are dealt in stages and
are placed face-up in the middle to be used by every player
to make hands.
After the pocket cards are dealt a round
of betting takes place, beginning with the poker player to
the immediate left of the big blind. Players can then fold,
call, or bet – depending on how good a hand they have.
At this stage you have to at least call this bet to stay in
the hand or fold if you don’t fancy your luck. Checking
isn't an option here because the players who posted the blinds
have effectively opened the betting.
The action moves around the table in a clockwise direction
until each player has called, folded, or raised. If nobody
has raised by the time the betting gets to the big blind,
they can either check their own blind or raise. If everyone
bets both blinds still have the option of raising if they
want or folding if someone previously has raised. These are
universal Texas Hold'em poker rules.
The dealer then flips the next three cards
face up on the table. These cards are called the "flop."
This time the betting starts with the player to the immediate
left of the dealer, regardless of whether the dealer is still
active in the hand or not. The player to the left of the dealer
will keep the initial action for the rest of the hand. During
this and all future rounds of betting, players can check,
call, raise, or fold when it's their turn to bet.
In this phase the dealer burns a card and
then deals a 4th community card face up, otherwise referred
to as the turn card. Again this is used by all players to
construct their hands and is followed by a round of betting
starting with the first remaining player left of the dealer
just like after the flop.
In the final phase the dealer burns the
final card and then deals the River – the 5th community
card face up. Now that all the cards have been dealt, each
player remaining in the hand can see what their best five-card
hand is using any combination of seven cards -- the five community
cards and the two hole cards known only to them. This is also
the final round of betting. Like the previous two, this round
of betting begins with the first player to the left of the
dealer who is still in the hand.
Here comes the crunch, time to see who takes
Each poker player can use any, both or neither
of their pocket cards in their five card hand. The first to
reveal his cards is the last player to bet and then moving
round the table clockwise. Players who know they’re
beaten have the option of ‘mucking’ (throwing
their cards away without showing). But the last player to
bet (and first to show) always has to show their cards.
The winner collects the pot which is the
total amount of chips which were bet on that hand. In the
event of a tie the pot will be split accordingly
The great thing about online poker is that it automatically
works out for you who has the best hand and thus who should
be declared the winner. All the chips instantly go into your
stack without you having to place them there!
A Final Note...
Most poker players enter the game of poker
via Hold'em, which is why we suggest you learn these basic
rules first before progressing to all the other variations
And that's pretty much all there is
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