Texas Holdem Poker
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There are two face down cards (called hole cards or pocket cards)
for each player and five face-up community cards. The player
who makes the best five-card poker hand with any combination of
their two face down cards and the five community cards wins the
hand and the pot. There are no ante in Texas Holdem Poker.
In lieu of an "ante", a forced wager called "blinds"
are used. Before the cards are dealt, the player to the left
of the dealer posts a wager called the small blind, which is usually
equal to half of the minimum bet. The person to the left of
the small blind posts the big blind, which is equal to the minimum
bet. The dealer deals two clockwise rounds giving each player
a single card down during each round. (Notice that the big
blind and the small blind do not get to look at their cards before
wagering, thus the term blind). Betting begins
with the first player to the left of the big blind. Each player
may call (equal the bet that has been placed), raise (increase the
original wager) or Fold (remove themselves from the hand in which
they don't place anymore bets nor do they qualify to win the current
pot). If any player raises, each person thereafter, will have
the same opportunity to fold, call, or raise.
After the first round of betting is complete, the flop (three community
cards) is dealt. The community cards are common to all the
players participating in the hand. These cards are dealt face
up in the middle of the table. Betting will begin with the
first player to the dealers left. The player now has the option
to check. By checking, the player indicates interest in the
pot without placing a Bet. If any player Bets, each player
clockwise may either fold, call, or raise. If anyone raises
a bet, each person thereafter will have the same opportunity to
fold, call, or raise.
After the betting is complete, the fourth community card is dealt
face up to the center of the table, this is known as the turn.
The third wagering round begins and proceeds as per the second round.
In limit games, the minimum bet doubles in the last two rounds of
betting. After betting is complete, the fifth community card
is dealt face up to the center of the table, this is known as the
river. The fourth betting round is as per the second and third
rounds. After the final round of betting, comes the showdown.
The showdown is where all existing players show their cards and
a winner is deemed. Five cards deriving from the players hole
cards and the community cards are to be used for determining the
winning hand. If any time during play no one calls a bet,
the bettor wins and does not have to show his hand. Some players
show their hand, but we advise against this as it clues other in
There are three kinds of Holdem games. In Limit Holdem games,
bets and raises are set at a fixed amount. Each round of betting
is capped at a maximum number of raises. In No Limit Holdem,
the maximum bet is determined by the number of chips you have in
front of you. Players can Bet and Raise by any amount, and
at any time, a player can go all-in by pushing all their
poker chips towards the center of the table. Remaining players
may call this Bet but cannot raise. Pot Limit Holdem is similar
to No Limit, except that the maximum bet is determined by the number
of chips currently in the pot.
We also recommend that you read up on poker odds, poker terms, and check out our assortment of poker articles to help better your understanding of the game of holdem poker.
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