How To Play Texas Holdem

Intro To Texas Hold'em Poker

One of the most well known form of poker and the most played poker form today is called Texas Hold'em. In the beginning of each hand every player is dealt two cards, so called hole cards. The goal is to make the best five card hand possible using your two cards and the five community cards that are faced up that all players take part of. These cards are dealt in three steps, first off is the flop which consists of three cards, after the flop comes one more card called the turn and lastly the river which is also one card.

Blinds And Positions

There is a white object called the "dealer button" that is passed one seat to the left after each played hand. The player on the left of the dealer gets dealt the first card and then every player gets dealt one card at a time until everyone has two cards. Before the hand can start the player to the left of the dealer have to post an obligatory fee called the small blind and the player to his left has to post the big blind which usually is double the amount of the small blind. Once the blinds are posted and the cards are dealt the first betting round takes place, this is called pre flop.

Texas holdem first betting round called the pre flop

 Pre Flop - The First Betting Round

In this case "smoke2010" is the dealer, "Ice_glance" in the small blind and "gerakla" in the big blind. The player to the left of the big blind is first to act and his options is to raise, call the big blind or fold. On this table it's "carbonlee" who is first to act. If he chooses to raise the minimum is 0,5 $ since he has to at least double the amount of the big blind, but there is however no upper limit of how much this player can raise other then the stack size, which in this case is $21,58.

Betting Variations

There is three well established variations of Texas holdem. The most played form is called no limit Texas holdem and here there is no upper limit on the raises other then stack sizes. There is also pot limit where you can only raise the amount that's already in the pot. And then there is fixed limit where there is a set bet size on every street, with a maximum of four raises every round of betting, you can read more about the different betting variations here.


Texas holem second betting round called the flop


In this hand there is two player left to see the flop. The first player to the left of the dealer is "unikorus1" which means that he is the first player to act. His options is to raise, check or fold and if he opts for betting "SEXYFAIRY123" can either call, fold or re-raise. If both players remain in the hand after action closes the dealer will burn one card and then place the turn on the table.

Texas holem third betting round called the turn


Here we have come to the turn, and it's the same procedure as the flop with the first player to the left of the dealer starts to act. If when the action closes and there is still more then one player in the pot, the dealer will burn one more card and place the river on the table which is the fifth and last card.

Texas holdem fourth betting round called the river

River And Showdown

On the picture we can see that the last betting round is over as both players have opted to check down the the hand to showdown. It's "BulkPaint" who scoops this pot on a high card. The best five card hand this player can get with the community card and his two cards is K9975which beats "iansandland's" 99875. If you're unsure what beats what you can check out the hand values here.

Good luck at the tables!

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