This time I’m going to talk about Texas Hold’em, which of course is my favorite game. I guess Texas Hold’em nowadays is the most famous and popular game when it comes to poker. I saw quite a good article about Texas Hold’em rules at Poker Omega and I will try to tell more about the rules here as well.
In Texas Hold’em you play with a deck of 52 cards. Each player has a starting stack and is dealt two hole cards by a dealer (button). These cards are private to the player. At the table your playing with one big blind and one small blind, for example $1/$2. The player next to the big blind goes first and decide if he wants to be part of the game. It costs one big blind if he wants to call, but he can also raise or fold. Then it’s next player’s turn etc. The round is completed when everyone has made the same bets (if one should decide to raise) or if everyone had a chance to act (if none decides to call, the pot goes to the big blind).
After the betting round it’s time for the flop. Top card is burned (thrown away) and three cards is dealt on the table face up. A new betting round takes it’s beginning for the players still in the game. Here the player can use their two hole cards to get a hand, for example pair, three of a kind etc.
After the betting round it’s time for the turn. A new card is burned and one card is dealt on the table. A third betting round takes place.
If there still is more than one player in the game after this betting round it’s time for the river. One card is thrown away and one is dealt face up at the table. A new betting round takes place and then it’s time for showdown, where the best hand wins the pot. The showdown starts with the player closest to the left of the dealer showing his cards and if the player next to him has the loosing hand, he can decide to muck. The winning hand is the hand with the best combination of five of the cards in your hand and on the table. This player wins the pot. The goal is to win as many chips as possible.
Texas Hold’em is a really fun game and this was the basic rules.