- Texas Hold’em is a popular, fast and furious form of poker with two to ten players at a table.
- At the start of a hand, the player to the immediate left of the Dealer posts the small blind, and the player to their left posts the big blind. Once the blinds are posted, dealing commences.
Note: The Dealer’s position at the table changes after every hand, rotating to the left. The dealer-button shows the Dealer’s position at the table.
- Each player is dealt two cards face down. These are called your hole or pocket cards.
- The first round of betting commences with the player to the left of the big blind. Players choose to either call,raise or fold.
- After the completion of the first betting round the Flop occurs. This is when three cards are dealt face up in the center of the table. These cards are community or board cards and can be used by all players.
- Once the flop has occurred, another round of betting commences where players elect to check, raise or fold.
- Following the second round of betting, the dealer turns a fourth card face up in the middle of the table. This is known as the Turn. Another round of betting begins.
- After the Turn round of betting, the Dealer places a fifth and final community card face up in the center of the table. This is referred to as the River. The final round of betting commences.
- After the final round of betting, all remaining players begin to reveal their hands, starting with the player to the left of the last player to call. This is known as the Showdown.
- Players use any of their two pocket cards and the five community cards to create the best five-card hand possible.
- The player with the best hand is declared the winner and wins the pot.
Keep in mind that five of the total seven cards are displayed on the second round of betting. This gives you a good idea of how strong your final hand could be.
To complete a possible winning combination, it is important to consider how the community cards compare with your pocket cards.
Once you have mastered the art of playing Texas Holdem then you must practise, so play as often as you can.
Play tight in loose games. Play in loose games only.
Players are supposed to bet when they have a good hand. Players who don't have good hands are supposed to fold. Most players play contrary to this idea, attempting to be a cunning or deceptive player. Don't fall into this trap when you are just learning to play.