Texas Hold’em Rules

Texas Hold’em is the world’s most popular form of poker.
Texas Holdem was made popular mainly due to the television broadcast of Texas Holdem poker tournaments such as the World Series Of Poker and the World Poker Tour.
Texas Holdem is a game that can be played between 2 – 10 players at any time.
While technically speaking it is possible to play with more than 10 players at once, it is not often found in casino’s or online with more than 10 players at a Texas Holdem table.
Texas Holdem rules dictate that the winner is the player that holds the best 5 card poker hand using any combination of their 2 hole cards and the 5 community cards.
A player may also win in Texas Holdem if they are the last remaining player in any betting round, where they have bet and everyone has folded, that player will win the pot and a new game will begin.
Texas Hold em rules dictate that each game involves a dealer button.
The dealer button is placed in front of a player before each hand begins.
The button will move at the end of the hand to the next player in a clockwise direction.
At the beginning of a Texas Holdem game, the two players to the direct left of the dealer button must post what is called Blinds. The player to the direct left of the dealer button must post what is known as the Small Blind and the next player to the left must post what is known as the Blg Blind.
The small blind is generally 1/2 of the size of the big blind.
Once the blinds are posted in Texas Hold’em, players are dealt two down cards as their personal hand (holecards), after which there is a round of betting.
The betting round will begin with the first player to the left of the big blind. Before the flop, players have three choices that they can make.

TEXAS HOLDEM RULES
BETTING ROUND OPTIONS PRE-FLOP
1. CALL – Players may elect to call. A call is defined as a player matching the previous bet, raise or blind.
2. RAISE – Players may elect to raise. A raise is defined as a player increasing the amount by at least double the previous bet or blind. In order for a player to raise, they must first match the previous bet or blind and then make their raise.
3. FOLD – Players may elect to fold and take no further part in the hand.
At the completion of the round of betting three boardcards are turned face up simultaneously into the middle of the table (called the ‘flop’) and another round of betting occurs. In a live environment such as a casino or private game, there should be one card burnt prior to dealing the flop. A burn card is a card dealt face down prior to dealing the next card or cards. Once the flop has been dealt, the second betting round begins from the first active player to the direct left of the dealer button. After the flop is dealt, players once again have three options that they can make on their hand.
BETTING ROUND OPTIONS POST-FLOP
1. CHECK – Players may elect to check. A check is defined as a player not making any bet yet still electing to stay in the hand. A player can only check if they are not being faced with a bet.
2. BET – Players may elect to bet. A bet is defined as a player placing a wager into the pot that all other remaining players must match in order to continue with the hand. Once a player has bet, all subsequent players have the same options as in pre-flop texas holdem rules (They can call, raise or fold).
3. FOLD – Players may elect to fold and take no further part in the hand. Once the betting round on the flop is completed, the next card is dealt, this card is called the Turn card and it is placed face up next to the flop cards. Once again, prior to the turn card being dealt a card should be burnt. Another betting round will take place and the same options will be available to players as they had post-flop.
TEXAS HOLDEM RULES – BETTING ROUND OPTIONS TURN
1. CHECK – Players may elect to check. A check is defined as a player not making any bet yet still electing to stay in the hand. A player can only check if they are not being faced with a bet.
2. BET – Players may elect to bet. A bet is defined as a player placing a wager into the pot that all other remaining players must match in order to continue with the hand. Once a player has bet, all subsequent players have the same options as in pre-flop texas holdem rules (They can call, raise or fold).
3. FOLD – Players may elect to fold and take no further part in the hand. At the completion of the betting round on the turn the fifth and final card(called the river card) is dealt out face up (after a burn card) next to the turn card so that now there are 5 cards face up in the middle of the table. Collectively these cards are known as the community card or the board. Once the river card has been dealt there will be a final round of betting.
TEXAS HOLDEM RULES – BETTING ROUND OPTIONS RIVER
1. CHECK – Players may elect to check. A check is defined as a player not making any bet yet still electing to stay in the hand. A player can only check if they are not being faced with a bet.
2. BET – Players may elect to bet. A bet is defined as a player placing a wager into the pot that all other remaining players must match in order to continue with the hand. Once a player has bet, all subsequent players have the same options as in pre-flop texas holdem rules (They can call, raise or fold).
3. FOLD – Players may elect to fold and take no further part in the hand.

At the completion of the fifth and final betting round, players enter the showdown phase. If the final betting round featured a player being called or is completely checked down, then the first active player to the left of the dealer button or the last player to initiate a bet or raise should showdown their cards first in an attempt to claim the pot. The pot is awarded to the best 5 card poker hand using a combination of the players hole cards and the 5 community cards. Players may use one, both or none of their hole cards in order to make their best 5 card hand. One of the best way’s to learn Texas Holdem poker is play online poker for free prior to playing any real money poker. Miller’s Guide has reviewed the world’s top 5 online poker sites to help take all the hard work out for you.
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