You can learn how to play Texas Hold'em in just a few short steps:
- In every hand each player receives two cards.
- As the hand progresses, five more cards are dealt face up which can be used by all players.
- You play your best five cards using any combination of seven - your two cards and the five cards on the table.
The best hand wins the pot.
The dealer is identified by a disc, called the 'dealer button'. The cards are dealt around the table, starting with the player immediately to the left of the dealer.
After each hand has been completed, the 'dealer button' moves clockwise to the next active player.
Time to Play
Two players pay blinds at the start of each hand. Blinds are bets players have to make in order to ensure there is always money in the pot. After the blinds are put into the pot each player is dealt two cards face down. Only you can see your own cards.
On the first round, the betting starts with the first active player to the immediate left of the big blind. The minimum bet in this round is the size of the big blind. Each player then has one of three choices: call, raise, or fold.
Once the first round of betting is over, three cards are dealt face-up on the board. These three cards are known as the flop. They are available to all players who are still in the game. Betting in this round begins with the player to the left of the dealer.
When betting is completed for the flop round, the turn card is dealt face-up on the board. The turn is the fourth card dealt face-up. The same rules apply as in previous betting rounds.
When betting action is completed for the turn round, the river card is dealt face-up on the board. The river is the fifth and final card dealt face-up and the same rules as the turn apply.
When all the betting is done, the player with the best 5 card hand wins the pot.
Types of Hold'em Games
There are three different types of Texas Hold'em poker games:
- No Limit Texas Hold'em: The minimum amount a player can bet must be equal to or greater than the big blind. Any subsequent raises must equal or be greater than the last bet or raise within the same round. As the name suggests, there is no limit on how much you can bet so long as you have the chips to back it up.
- Limit Texas Hold'em: Players must bet a pre-determined fixed amount per each round. The betting amount is equal to the big blind for the first two rounds of betting and doubles up for the last two rounds of betting. A maximum of 4 bets is allowed per round which includes a bet and three raises.
- Pot Limit Texas Hold'em: The minimum amount a player can raise must be equal to or greater than the last bet or raise within the same round. The maximum a player may bet is equal to the amount in the pot including his call before making the raise.