Texas Holdem Rules

texas holdem guide

Texas Holdem is the most popular varieties of poker in the world. Up to 10 players are sitting at a table. In front of one of the players is a button with a "D" on it. This is called the dealer button. In Texas Holdem online poker the dealer button moves one position to the left before each hand. This button originates from when players in the group took turns to deal the cards.

PRE FLOP
Blinds - First, the two players directly to the left of the dealer button must post "blinds", that is to place a bet before the cards are dealt. This is to stimulate action on every hand. Since the dealer button moves one position clockwise every hand, everyone has to post blinds at some point in the game. The player to the immediate left of the dealer button posts the "small blind," equal to half of the minimum stake (e.g. $5 for a $5/$10 game).

Pocket Cards - After the blinds, the first cards are dealt. Every player gets two cards face down. These are called pocket cards (also known as hole or down cards).

1st Betting Round - Betting begins with the player immediately to the left of the big blind and continues in a clockwise direction around the table. Every player can fold, call or raise.

FLOP
Now three cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. These cards are called the flop cards. These are "community" cards and can be used by all the players to make up their hand.

2nd Betting Round - Second round of betting follows. This is carried out exactly as the first betting round, but begins with the player who paid the small blind, or the first player on his left who is still in the hand.

TURN
3rd Betting Round - After the second round of betting, a fourth "community" card is dealt face up in the middle of the table. This is called the "Turn card". It is followed by a third round of betting.

RIVER 4th Betting Round - Finally, a fifth and final "community" card is dealt. It is called the "River card" and is followed by a fourth and final round of betting.

SHOWDOWN
After the final betting round, the best five-card hand is determined. Both the pocket cards and the community cards can be used to make up a hand. The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot. Players can also split the pot if they have the same hand. In the rare case of the best hand consisting of community cards only, the pot is divided between all the players left in the pot at the showdown. If you see that you are losing, and do not want to show your cards, you can Muck, that is to give up your hand and lose the pot. Otherwise you can Show to compare your hand with others.

START NEXT HEND
After a hand is completed and the pot taken by the winner, the dealer button is moved one player to the left, and the next hand begins.