Texas Hold'em

Texas Hold'em is the most popular poker game. There are however three variations to Texas Hold'em

  • Limit Hold'em - there is a specific betting limit applied in each game and on each round of betting.
  • Pot Limit Hold'em - A player can bet what is in the pot.
  • No Limit Hold'em - A player can bet all of his/her chips at any time..

Watching a poker game can help you learn how to play poker like the pros but realize that it will take months and years to try and reach their levels. You will enjoy watching poker a lot more with a better understanding of the rules of poker, especially Texas Holdem rules.

Texas Hold’em poker games use a 52-card deck exclusing the Jokers. You will notice a round disk sitting in front of one of the players. This disk is known as the dealer button and it will rotate in a clockwise movement to the next player on the left for each hand. The “dealer” is important because it designates who must post the blinds and act first on each betting round.

As per the poker rules, the player immediately to the left of the dealer button must post the small blind which is somewhere between half and two thirds of the minimum bet. The player to the left of the small blind is the big blind and they in turn must post an amount equal to the minimum bet.

1st Round

Each player is dealt two cards face down and the first betting round takes place. The first player to participate is the player sitting to the left of the big blind. In this first betting round, players have the option of calling, raising, or folding. If the pot is not raised, the big blind can either raise or has the option of checking since he has already posted the minimum bet. In Limit games, each bet or raise is equal to the minimum bet. For example, as per the Texas Hold'em rules, in a R1-R2 Limit Texas Hold’em game, one player could bet R1 and another player could raise to R2.

2nd Round

Three cards will then be dealt face up in the middle of the table. These are community cards which every player may use to make up their best poker hand. This betting round is known as the flop. The poker rules state that, the first player to the left of the button begins the betting on this round and all subsequent rounds. Players may bet, check, call, raise, or fold in turn. Once again, the bets are equal to the minimum bet which would be R1 in the example above.

3rd Round

A 6th card will then be dealt face up which is known as the turn card. The bets on this round are equal to the maximum bet. For example, in a R1-R2 Limit Texas Hold’em game, one player could bet R2 and another player could raise to R4.

4th Round

A 7th card is then dealt face up which is known as the river card. Again the bets on this round are equal to the maximum bet. The winner is the player who can make the best five-card poker hand using his two hole cards and five community cards. Players can use one, both, or none of their hole cards to make the best hand. If two players use the five community cards in the middle of the table they would split the pot regardless of what their two hole cards are.

 


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