How to play Texas Holdem

How to play Texas Hold’Em guide

Poker is an incredibly popular game; it has many variations, such as Omaha Hi/Lo, Stud Poker and Draw Poker. However, the most popular version of poker is undoubtedly Texas Hold’Em – this is mostly due to ease with which it can be learnt. The popularity of Texas Hold’Em has also earned it the nickname the “Cadillac of Poker”.

During Texas Hold’Em, one player is initially assigned as the dealer, while the two players to the left of the dealer put out ‘blind bets’ (blind bets are the minimum that must be put into the pot on each hand of the game). Then, every player is dealt two face-down cards, which are referred to as ‘hole’ or ‘pocket’ cards.

The player to the left of the big blind must then make their bet (or action); they must put the minimum of the big blind into the pot in order to stay in the hand, or they can raise the pot (making a new minimum that all players have to match in order to stay in the hand). If a player decides that they do not want to pay into a hand, they have the option to ‘fold’ (this can be done at any stage of betting; a player may also check if they have met the pot minimum and do not want to subsequently raise the pot).


Betting then continues in a similar manner, clockwise around the table. After this first round of betting the ‘flop’ (three communal face-up cards) is dealt, with another round of betting. A fourth card is also dealt (with betting), then finally a fifth ‘river’ card is dealt followed by a final round of betting.

Players must use their hole cards and cards from the communal lot to make the best possible combination of five card that they can achieve (the weakest hand is known as a ‘high card’, while the strongest is a ‘royal flush’); whichever of the players who has remained in the hand with the strongest cards wins the pot. This process is repeated until all but one player has lost their chips.

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