Texas Hold’em Poker Rules

Texas Hold’em is the most population variation of poker and is the principal game played in the largest live poker tournaments around the world, such as the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the World Poker Tour (WPT).

The basic rules of Texas Hold’em are not too difficult to grasp, it is only when you get to more advanced betting strategies that the game becomes more advanced. If you wanted to, you could read hundreds and hundreds of books on the game, outlining different strategies and thought processes. This is what makes poker such an attractive game, it is essentially very simple and can be played casually with friends, while being extremely advanced at the higher levels.

Basic Texas Hold’em Poker Rules

1,) A player is assigned to start as the dealer. He or she has the dealer button infront of them to indicate that they are the dealer. This position is more commonly known as the “Button“.

2,) The two players to the immediate left of the dealer should place the small blind and big blind, respectively. These are known as “The Blinds” and stand for blind bets, as they are compulsory. The big blind is typically twice the size of the small blind.

3,) The dealer deals two cards to each player, starting to his or her left and dealing every player a single card before the second is dealt. These are known as the players “Hole Cards“.

4,) A first round of betting commences, starting with the player to the left of the big blind, with the choices of: Folding, Calling the big blind or raising. The action continues around the table until it reaches the big blind, who has the additional option of checking if there has been no previous raise. Note that if a player has raised, players next to act have to either: a,) fold b,) call the TOTAL amount of the raise or c,) re-raise.

5,) Once the initial round of betting is complete, the first 3 community cards are dealt face up onto the table, known as “The Flop“. Another found of betting takes place, starting with the player to the left of the dealer button (note that it does not start from the left of the big blind, as in the very first round of betting). The choices available now are : checking (player essentially bets nothing), betting, raising or folding (no need to fold if the check option is available).

6,) After this round of betting is complete, another community card is dealt face up on the table. This is known as “The Turn“. This is followed by another round of betting, as on the flop.

7,) A final community card is placed face up on the table, known as “The River“. This follows by a final round of betting.

8,) After the final round of betting is complete, the remaining players turn their hole cards face up onto the table. The player with the best hand wins the pot, or if both players have the same winning hand then the pot is split. Read below how to determine the winning hand of poker.

9,) The dealer button is passed to the player to the left of the dealer, who becomes the new dealer for the next hand and everything is repeated from Step 2-8 .

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