Texas Holdem is played with a 52-card deck and poker chips. Texas Holdem can be played in a cash game style, where there is no time limit and each hand is played with real money. Or tournament
Texas Hold'em betting.
Betting is a fundamental part of poker. The amount you can bet depends of the variant of Texas Holdem you are playing.
In No Limit Hold’em you can bet any amount of money on any round up to the amount you have in front of you.
There are numerous stages in the game of Texas Hold’em where betting can take place.
In each of these rounds of betting, you will have 3 options available to you depending on what has happened before the action reaches you. The two situations you will be in are acting after there has been a bet, or acting after no bets have been made.
- Depending on the limit and betting structure, players will place out blinds and antes so there is an initial amount to get things started. This is called posting.
- The dealer shuffles up a standard deck of 52 playing cards.
- Each player is dealt two private cards face down. These are called your hole cards or pocket cards.
- Then there is a round of betting starting with the player to the left of the blinds. This is the pre flop betting round. Like most games of poker, players can call, raise, or fold.
- After the betting round ends, the dealer discards the top card of the deck. This is called a burn card. This is done to prevent cheating.
- The dealer then flips the next three cards face up on the table. This is called the flop. These are communal cards that anyone can use in combination with their two pocket cards to form a poker hand.
- The player to the left of the dealer starts another betting round.
- After the betting concludes, the dealer burns again then flips another communal card onto the table. This is called the turn.
- The player to the left of the dealer begins another round of betting. In many types of games, this is where the bet size doubles.
- Again, the dealer burns a card and places a final card face up on the table. This is called the river. Players can now use any of the five cards on the table or the two cards in their pocket to form a five card poker hand.
- There is one final round of betting starting with the player to the left of the dealer.
- After that, we have the showdown. Players who have not folded reveal their hands, beginning with the player to the left of the last player to call. Players use a combination of their pocket cards and the community cards to form a five card poker hand.
- The player who shows the best hand wins! Although sometimes players with the same hand split the pot.
Royal Flush - An Ace-High straight of one suit.
Straight Flush - A straight of entirely one suit.
Four-of-a-Kind (Quads) - Four cards of the same rank.
Where four of a kind is dealt on the board cards,the next high card is considered.
Full House (Full Boat, Boat) - Three-of-a-kind and a pair. The example below would be called "Queens over Aces" or "Queens full of Aces".
Flush - Five cards of the same suit.
Straight (Run) - Five cards of sequential rank. Note that in holdem, Aces can be high or low.
An example of a straight where the Ace is low:
Three-of-a-Kind (Trips, Set, Triplets) - Three cards of the same rank.
Two Pair - Two cards of the same rank and another two cards of the same rank. The example below would be called "Jacks and Twos".
One Pair - Two cards of the same rank.
High Card - When you don't have any of the above, your highest card determines your hand. The example below would be "King High" or "High card King".