How To Play
Texas Holdem

Learn how to Play Texas Holdem and enjoy the most favored poker game in society today, making it both fun and profitable to play. The object of the game is to make the strongest 5 card hand by using a combination of your 2 hole cards and the 5 cards on the table. When playing Texas Holdem, every player will have a turn at using the dealer button, acting as the virtual dealer, and every player will be required to post blinds at one time or another.

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How To Play Texas Holdem with the Dealer Button:
This device is used at online poker rooms to identify who the dealer of the Texas Holdem game is amongst the players on each hand. The dealer button is a disk marked with the letter "D". The dealer button is essential to the players, because the two players to the left of the dealer post the two blinds in the game. Upon completion of each hand, the dealer button moves left.

How To Play Texas Holdem Blinds:
Games using blinds; small blind(half of the minimum level bet) big blind (full minimum bet) When the game begins, the small blind is posted by the player closest to the dealers left, the big blind is posted by the player second to the left of the dealer. The blinds ensure money is in the pot before the game commences. Betting will start and players will take part in the hand. The blinds ensures that money changes hands with each game. Blind size is determined by table stakes.

Example: playing a $1 / $2 table, small blind is half the minimum bet $1. the big blind will be a full minimum bet of $2.

Betting in Texas Holdem: The structure of betting is very constant at every table. The only change is the amount of money; dictated by table stakes.

We will use the $1 / $2 table.

Example: Small/Big Blinds
1st Round     $1 / $2 
2nd Round    $2 
3rd Round     $4
Final Round  $4

Betting rounds are limited to 1 bet and 3 raises. In the $1 / $2 example, betting is restricted to a total of $8 in rounds 1 and 2, and $16 in rounds 3 and 4.

Hole Cards: Known as "pocket" cards, hole cards are
dealt to players, face down, only the player can see the cards.

The Flop: The first three community cards dealt by the dealer.

Turn: The fourth community card is dealt.

River: The fifth and last community card dealt.

How To Play Texas Holdem Poker:

Round One - The game begins:

When a dealer is selected, blinds are posted, the dealer then deals each player two hole cards clockwise around the table. The first round of betting starts and the game progresses.

Round One - Betting:

Players consider their hole cards and decide their potential hand. Betting begins with the player to the left of the big blind player, following clockwise around the table.

During betting, players, except the big blind player, can choose to fold (quit the game), call meet the bet) or raise, increasing the big blind to a full bet. If players still left in the round choose to only call the big blind, the player who originally posted the big blind is the only player who has the option to check (stay in the game without calling or raising) their own blind.

Players bet using the smaller level of table stakes.

Round 2 - The Flop:

The flop consists of three communal cards dealt face up on the table. Players use these three communal cards with their two hole cards to determine their hand potential.

Round 2 Betting:

Second round betting begins with the first player on the dealers left and continues clockwise. Betting structure is the same as first round. The first player to bet may check, and if no other bets are made, then the other players may also check.

Like the first round of betting, players bet using the smaller stakes at the table.

Round 3 - The Turn:

The dealer deals the fourth communal card. The players left in the game now have 6 cards to work with.

Round 3 – Betting:

Now players must wager using higher table stakes.

Round 4 - The River:

The last card is dealt and players now have all 7 cards at their disposal, and must make the best possible 5-card hand.

Round 4 The Final Bet:

The higher level of stakes at the table making up the bet.

How To Play Texas Holdem Showdown:

Each player left in the hand must show their cards and starting with the last player to bet and continuing. During this showdown, players may also choose to "muck" (fold out of the game, without showing their cards). The winner naturally takes the pot.

If a player wins when every other hand folded, then no showdown will occur, and the winner can choose whether to show their cards or not. Most players choose not to show their cards, nobody paid to see them.

Basic Strategies of Learning How To Play Texas Holdem:

1. If your two hole cards are a low pair, be cautious. Only stay in the hand if the betting is low. If you find you don't have a 3 of a kind or two pairs, fold.

2. Don't fold too quickly. If you find everyone is checking, stay in the game and check also; you can move on to the next round without having to pay. The next round may provide your hand with the card you've been waiting for.

3. After the flop, you will have 5 cards to work with, check the potential strength of your final hand. Carefully consider whether it is best to stay in the game.

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