texas Hold Em

OBJECT >  To win at Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, you must have the best 5-card hand amongst your opponents or bluff them into thinking that you have the better-ranking hand.

GAMEPLAY >  To begin with players are dealt two ‘hole’ cards that only they can see and use. Then, five ‘community’ cards are dealt in the middle of the table that everyone can see and use with their hand. Players can make their five-card hand from both, one or none of their hole cards in combination with the community cards.

The game is split into four rounds of betting, and the game moves clockwise around the table. Betting starts from the player position next to the dealer button, which moves one place to the left after each hand.

The player with the best hand wins the pot. If two or more players hold equally-strong winning five-card hands and tie, the pot will be split between the two players.

The Blinds

Before the game starts, the two players sat to the left of the dealer button post ‘blind’ bets. These are called blinds because they are bets made before the players have seen any cards. The blinds ensure that there is some money in the pot to play for as the hand starts. The player to the left of the dealer posts the ‘small blind’, and the player positioned to his left then posts the ‘big blind’.

Pre Flop Action

Each player is dealt two cards, face down. These are called “hole” or “pocket” cards. The action begins on the player to the left of the big blind. He or she has three options: call the bet, raise the bet, or fold. This betting procedure continues clockwise around the table until each player has had a chance to act on their hand.
If one player raises, then all players wishing to remain in the pot must match the raise bet, reraise bet or fold without having to put anymore chips In the pot.

The player in the big blind can ‘check’ and opt to stay In the game without adding anything to the pot. However, if an opponent has raised the pot, then the big blind has three options: fold, call, or re-raise.

Once all players have folded or matched each others’ bets, the flop is dealt.

The Flop

This stage Involves dealing three ‘community’ cards face up on the table. Players can use these to make their five-card hand. A second round of betting follows.

The Turn

The fourth community card is dealt face up on the table. The third round of betting follows.

The River

The fifth and final community card is dealt, followed by the final round of betting.

The Showdown

If there is more than one player left in the game, there is a showdown in which the players reveal their cards and the highest hand wins. If two players share an identical hand, the pot is split.

Hand Rankings

Royal Flush : A royal flush is an ace high straight flush.

Straight Flush : A straight flush is a five-card straight, all in the same suit.

Four of a Kind: Four of a kind are four cards of the same rank

Full House: A full house contains a set (three) of cards of one rank and a pair of another rank.

Flush: A flush is any five cards, all of the same suit.

Straight: Five cards of sequential rank.

Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same rank.

Two Pair: A two pair is two cards of one rank and another two cards of another rank.

Pair: One pair is two cards of the same rank.

High Card: The hand with the highest card(s).

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