Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em is a simple game to learn but a difficult game to master. This is what makes the game so fascinating to play for many aspiring Hold’em players. On this page, we’ll do our best to explain the game, a few of it’s rules, and some basic strategies that you will want to focus on.

Texas Hold’em Variations

Texas hold’em is played as fixed limit, pot limit, and no limit with a set of rules for each game. Although regardless of the variant, the basic premise of the game is that you want to make the best hand and win money by value betting when you can expect worse hands to call and bluffing with a worse hand when you can expect better hands to fold. That is the game in a nutshell.

The texas hold’em poker game that is mainly spread at the casino and online poker sites is the no limit version (also known as No Limit Hold’em.) This variation of Hold’em is attractive to lots of players because there is always action with players allowed to bet as many chips as they have in front of them.

For those who are new to the game of texas hold’em and have never played it before, even if you play well, since there is an element of luck that is part of the game, you can’t predict exactly what the outcome will be. The sooner you grasp the fact that bad beats will happen and things won’t always go your way when playing texas hold’em, the better mentally prepared you will be to do well in the game.

Of course, never wager more than you can afford to lose. You can read more information about the importance of bankroll management in Bankroll Management for Cash Games and Bankroll Management for Tournaments and Sit & Gos.

The Dealer Button and The Blinds

First, you need to know about the dealer button and the blinds in texas hold’em games. Prior to dealing any cards two players must post blinds. The player immediately to the left of the dealer will pay the small blind (usually half of the big blind). The player immediately to the left of the small blind will pay the big blind (the big blind is the minimum allowable bet in any betting round for the current level of play.)

Posting the small and big blind is considered to be an “action” by the players in the blinds, so if no other raises occur during the pre-flop betting round, the small blind can complete and the big blind can check because he/she has already placed the minimum bet.

The first player to have to act when the cards are first dealt is sitting to the left of the player in the big blind. However, all of the betting rounds that occur after the flop has been dealt will be started by the player in the small blind position. Action moves clockwise around the table, until all players have either folded, or called the last bet or raise. They can also re-raise if they want to. If two or more players are in the pot, the first round of betting is over, and we will have a flop.

The Flop

When the dealer determines that the pre-flop round of betting has ended, the next three cards are placed face up in the center of the table. These three cards are collectively called ‘the flop’ and the next round of betting begins and moves around the table clockwise.

The Turn

When the dealer determines this round of betting has ended another community card is dealt face up on the table. This card is called ‘the turn’ and more betting takes place.

The River

When the dealer determines that this round of betting has ended he/she will deal the last and final community card called ‘the river’. There is a final round of betting much like the second and third betting rounds.

The Showdown

Who wins the pot? At the close of the fourth round of betting, all the players that are still left in the hand must show their two hole cards to see who has made the most superior five-card poker hand. Action then moves to the next player clockwise, until all cards are face up to determine the winning hand. At this point a winner is declared, and the chips that have been wagered on this hand go to the winner(s) with the best 5 card poker hand.

The dealer or poker software client will advance the dealer button one seat the the left. This will determine who pays the small blind and big blind for this hand.