Texas Hold’em rules

June 8, 2010

First thing you need in order to play online poker is to know the basic poker rules, and in Texas Hold’em the rules are not so laborious, so I will explain these rules for you, but remember, Texas Holdem Poker is a game that takes less the 5 minutes to learn and a lifetime to master.

The Shuffle, The Deal and The Blinds

The dealer shuffles a standard 52-card deck.
(In casinos, the dealer never plays. A round disc, known as a “dealer button”, moves clockwise from player to player with each hand. The button marks which player would be the dealer if the deal were advanced from player to player as the game went along).
Most Texas Hold ‘Em Poker games start with the two players to the left of the dealer (the button) putting a predetermined amount of money into the pot before any cards are dealt, ensuring that there’s something to play for on every hand. This is called “posting the blinds.” Most often, the “first blind”, the player to the left of the dealer, puts up half the minimum bet, and the “second blind” puts up the full minimum bet.
Each player is dealt two cards, face down. These are known as the “hole cards.”

Betting Begins

A round of betting takes place, beginning with the player to the left of the two who posted the blinds. Players can call, raise, or fold when it’s their turn to bet.

The Flop

After the first betting round, the dealer discards the top card of the deck. This is called burning the card and is done to control that no one accidentally saw the top card, and to help prevent cheating.
The dealer then flips the next three cards face up on the board. These cards are called the “flop.”
NOTE: Eventually, a total of five community cards will be placed face up on the table. Players can use any combination of the community cards and their own two hole cards to form the best possible five-card Poker hand.
After the flop, another round of betting takes place, beginning with the player to the left of the dealer (the button). During this and all future rounds of betting, players can check, call, raise, or fold when it’s their turn to bet.

Fourth Street

The dealer burns another card and plays one more face up onto the table. This, the fourth community card, is called the “turn” or “Fourth Street.”
The player to the left of the dealer (the button) begins the third round of betting.

Fifth Street

The dealer burns another card before placing the final face-up card on the table. This card is called the “river” or “Fifth Street.”

Final Betting and The Winner

Players can now use any combination of the seven cards — the five community cards and the two hole cards known only to them — to form the best possible five-card Poker hand.
The fourth and final round of betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer (the button).
After the final betting round, all players who remain in the game reveal their hands. The player who made the initial bet or the player who made the last raise shows his hand first.
The player with the best hand wins.

Best Hand

The consistent thing in poker rules is the value of the different hands. Here are the ranks of the different possible hands, starting with the highest:
1. Royal Flush: This hand is a Straight (five cards in succession, like 2-3-4-5-6) AND a Flush (all cards of the same suit) which has an Ace high, meaning its highest card is the Ace, and includes King, Queen, Jack, 10. It is the highest Straight Flush possible.
2. Straight Flush: Five cards in order, all of the same suit. There is one kind not allowable; and that is using the Ace in the middle of a straight. An Ace must either be the high or low card of a Straight; not, for instance, Q-K-A-2-3. This is called an “around-the-corner” or “wraparound” Straight and is not allowed.
3. Four of a Kind: A hand including Four cards of the same rank, like four Jacks. If two players in a game each had Four of a Kind, the higher four wins. That is, if one had four Jacks and one had four Sixes, the Jacks win.
4. Full House: A hand consisting of a pair and three of a kind. If two players had Full Houses, the player who had the higher three of a kind wins. That is, if one has J-J-J-3-3 and one has 2-2-K-K-K, the one with the 3 Kings wins.
5. Flush: A poker hand in which all cards are of the same suit, either all Diamonds, all Hearts, etc. If two players had Flushes, the one with the highest card in his hand wins.
6. Straight: A hand of five cards that may be of different suits but running in ranking order, such as 4-5-6-7-8. You may use the Ace as a low card and begin a Straight with it, but again, no “wraparound” Straights permitted, as explained in rule 3.
7. Three of a Kind: A hand including Three cards of the same rank, as in K-K-K-4-7. If a second player has Three of a Kind, the higher ranking set of three cards wins.
8. Two Pairs: A hand including two cards of the same rank, and two cards of another rank, such as 6-6-2-10-10. If another player had Two Pair, the one with the highest ranking pair wins.
9. Pair: A hand including two cards of the same rank, as in 8-8-K-2-Q. If a pair is the best hand, and more than one player has a pair, the highest rank pair wins; if two players have the same pair, such as 3-3-K-7-4, and 3-3-8-A-6, the one with the highest other card besides the pair wins. In this example, the one with the Ace in his hand wins.
10. High Card: When no one has a pair or any other better hand, the one with the highest card wins. If more than one has that high card, then the second highest wins. Or third highest, if more than one player has the same two highest cards.

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