Texas Hold'em Rules

In Texas Hold'em you need to build hands of five cards and make sure it’s the best combination at the table. Read the rules of the game below.

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The Objective of Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em poker rules are quite simple to learn. To become a winner you should make up the highest possible poker hand of five cards, using the two initially dealt cards and the five community cards. A special button is used to determine the dealer. It moves clockwise with each hand from player to player. Before the game begins, the two players to the left of the dealer post blinds: small blind and big blind (twice the size of the small blind). Then each player receives two private cards face-down. These are known as the “hole cards”.

Begin with selecting profitable hands. If you play 10-20% of the starting hands you will make more money in total than the one who plays 30-50% of starting hands.

The player clockwise from the one who posted the big blind makes his bet. He can Call (accept the previous bet), Raise (increase the previous bet) or Fold (discard his hand). Then other players make their bets clockwise around the table. If two players are still active the dealer deals a flop.

The Flop

The flop is three cards that are dealt face-up on the board. These are the community cards that all players can use to form their best hand. Another betting round begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the dealer’s button. Players can Fold, Check (refuse to bet, but remain in the game), Call and Raise.

The Turn

The dealer plays the fourth community card face-up on the board. The turn is sometimes called ‘Fourth Street’. Another round of betting takes place, beginning with the player that is still active clockwise from the dealer’s button.

You should know the best possible hand that can be made up on every street. Estimate the probability your opponent holds the necessary cards to make such a hand.

The River

After another betting round is completed, the fifth card is dealt face-up on the board (‘river’ or ‘Fifth Street’). The river is the final community card in Texas Hold’em. The final betting round is the sameas explained above.

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