How to play



Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 Minutes


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 you.

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 hand.
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 hand.

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 pot.

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.