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How to play
1. Texas Hold'em like most poker games can be played
with as few as two players and as many as 10 (per table).
2. The game begins with the two players left of the dealer, each places
an initial bet called a blind. In texas hold'em typically there are no antes but
they have the two forced bets called the blinds just mentioned.
3. The person to the left of the dealer post the small or little blind,
which half of the minimum bet.
4. The person to left of the small blind post the big blind which is
equal to the full minimum bet.
NOTE: (FINAL TWO) If only two players are left at the table then typically
the dealer post the little blind and the person to the left of the dealer post
the big blind.
Once the cards are dealt the dealer can decide to stay in the hand or fold. The
Big Blind still has the option to raise. Once the flop is dealt then play begins
with the Big Blind (they are the first to act).
5. Each player is dealt two cards face down. These are typically referred
to as the hole or pocket cards. No one else should see these cards except for
6. The first betting round starts. Usually referred to as the pre-flop
bet. The betting starts with person to the left of the big blind. Normal rules
of poker apply here. You can post the required minimum bet, raise or fold. It's
important to note that you can't check in the pre-flop since bets (the blinds)
already have money on the table.
7. Any raise must be equal to or greater than the big blind itself.
8. In No-Limit Hold'em, then number of chips you have in front of you
determines the amount you can raise as the maximum bet. At any time a player can
go "all-in" by pushing all their chips into the betting line. At this point, the
player or dealer should do a chip count. To call this bet, the other players
must match the value, raise the value or in a case where they can't match it,
they must go all-in themselves.
9. In the event that a player cannot match the chips but goes all-in
themselves, he or she can only win the portion of the pot they match their chip
count to. If more players also make the call then side pots are established,
which defines how much each player can win if they have the best hand. At the
conclusion of the hand, the pots are then rewarded to the winning hands. Keep in
mind you can only win what you put in, so if the short stack (or the person who
went all-in with the fewest chips) has the winning hand, they can only win their
portion. The next best hand takes the next side pot.
10. After the pre-flop betting round ends, the dealer discards the top
card of the deck. This is referred to as the burn card, which is done to prevent
cheating where marked cards would give someone the advantage if they knew what
would come out during the flop.
11. After the dealer burns a card, the dealer then flips three cards face
up on the table. These cards are called "The Flop'. They are community cards
that anyone can use in combination with their own two hole cards to form a poker
NOTE:You do not pick these cards up. They stay in the center of the table and
are used by all players.
12. Next we have a round a of betting. At this point and for the rest of
this playing hand, the betting starts with the first person left of the dealer
who is still in the hand.
13. After the betting concludes, the dealer burns another card and flips
over just one card, which is called "The Turn" or "4th Street". Again this is a
community cards which can be used to form the best 5 card poker hand.
14. In No-Limit this round of betting the size of the bet stays the same,
which is at least the amount of the big blind, however in Limit games the bet
size typically doubles.
15. Once "The Turn" round of betting is over the dealer burns another
card and flips over the final community card. Players can now use any of the
five community cards and the cards in their hand to form the best 5 card poker
16. Now the final round of betting begins, starting again with the person
to the left of the dealer.
17. After this final round of betting, all players remaining in the game
begin to reveal their hands.
18. If two or more players have the same hand, then the next highest card
is used to break the tie. This is called the kicker card. However only 5 cards
can be used, so if both players have the same 5 card hand then they split the
19. If the board or the community cards makes the best hand then they
players split the pot.
20. Finally after the pots have been pulled from the table, the dealer
position moves to the player to the left of the current dealer (going clockwise
around the table). The little blind and the big blind also move over one player
and the next round begins.