Texas Hold'em rules

Texas Hold’em is the much playable poker cards game over the entire world even if we talk about online poker or live poker. In our days you can play this amazing game on your PC, tablet, smartphones in one single world on every modern device you have. Texas Holde’em began to be known in 1970 when was the first edition of the World Series of Poker tournament. Year after year this game growing in audience transforming the Main Event in the most watched poker event from the globe.

This article wants to show you basic rules from Texas Hold’em poker game. Is a game that you can learn in few minutes but if you want to become a pro then you will need much time to develop your skills. If you want to test your abilities you can choose a free poker bankroll to start your poker road without involving any of your money. We like to say that poker is a mind game. Even if it is a gambling game poker is that game that put your mind to work. It is a game of emotions. A game where you can hold the control of the opponent only with your psychological skills. A game that is loved by millions of people worldwide.

Let’s get started to learn some basics!

To understand better every stage of this game we need to know the meaning of some terms:

1. Dealer – is the position from where the cards are dealt beginning with the first player from the left of the dealer to right (clockwise). Dealer is the last player who receive cards. Many times the dealer is known as “The Button”.

2. Small blind – is the first position from the left of the dealer. Player on the small blind is the one who firstly receive cards when game started. Also player in small blind position is forced to put in the pot a sum before the cards are dealt (this sum is decided by the rules set at the start of the game and usually increase at each level).

3. Big blind – is the next position from the left of the small blind also the second position from the left of the dealer. It is the second player who received cards when game started. The player in the big blind position is forced to put in the pot before cards are dealt the double amount placed by the small blind. For example if small blind put in the pot $3 then big blind is forced to put $6 in the pot.

4. Pre flop – known also as the first betting round. This level takes place immediately after the dealer finished to dealt two cards to each player from the table (clockwise beginning with the small blind). What is different about this round of betting is that the first player after the big blind must talking first (because the small blind and the big blind already put in the pot their amounts) instead of the next rounds where the first to talk is the small blind.

5. Flop – first three community cards dealt by the dealer face up. After dealing the flop the second betting round is started (as we can say before this betting round is started by the small blind).

6. Turn – the forth community card dealt by the dealer face up. After the dealing of turn the third betting round is started (this betting round is started by the small blind).

7. River – the fifth community card dealt by the dealer face up and the last one. After dealing the river fourth betting round and the last one is started (this betting round is started by the small blind).

8. Showdown – the last phase of the game when remaining players shows their cards in order to decide the winner of the hand.

9. Check – this action is taken by a player when he wants to pass the action to the next player without involving any amount in the pot (we like to say that it is an action without implications).

10. Call – this action is taken by a player who place in the pot the exactly amount of a previous bet.

11. Bet – this action is taken by a player who place in the pot an amount greater than the big blind forcing other players to pay his bet in order to continue the hand.

12. Raise – is the action when a player call a previous bet and over the bridge put in an amount greater than or equal to the big blind beside the bet value.

13. Fold – is the action when a player drop down his cards feeling that he has a poor hand. From this moment the player is out of hand watching the game.

The goal of the game is to make the best five cards combination using the two face down cards from the hand and the five community cards face up from the table. A player can make the best five cards hand using one hole card, or both two hole cards or none of the hole cards combined with any cards from the community.

Now that we learn basics terms of the Texas Hold’em poker game let’s see how actually a hand is playing.

First stage – putting blinds and dealing cards to each player

Before the dealer can start to deal cards the small blind position and the big blind position need to put in the pot their blinds as we described before. After the blinds are in the pot the dealer can start to deal cards to every player face down one by one clockwise beginning with the small blind (first player from his left) and finishing with himself (face down cards are also named hole cards).

Dealer and blinds buttons

Position of the Dealer, Small blind and Big Blind on the table - Texas Hold'em

Second stage – Pre flop round

Pre flop round is also named first betting round. What is different for this round is that the first player that can talk is the player next to the left of the big blind (the third player from the left of the dealer). This thing is understanding once the small blind and big blind already take action putting in the pot their blinds on the start of the hand. When we say that a player talk we say that he can take one of the actions described before: check, call, bet or fold. He can’t raise for now because no one bet before him (is the first betting round). After this betting round is finished we can go to the third stage.

Preflop round

Prefop round - players are giving a call to initial hand - Texas Hold'em

Third stage – dealing flop and starting the second betting round

Dealing the flop mean that the dealer need to put on the table first three community face up cards. After dealing the flop is the moment when the second betting round started with the player in the position of small blind. He can open the betting round with one of the action described before: check, fold or bet. He can’t raise because no one betting before him and also he can’t call because no one bet or raise before him. After finishing this betting round we can now go to the fourth stage.

Flop cards

Dealing flop cards - second betting round - Texas Hold'em

Fourth stage – dealing turn and starting the third betting round

Dealing the turn mean that the dealer need to put on the table the fourth community face up card. After dealing the turn follows the third betting round started with the player in the position of the small blind. The betting process is the same as the second betting round. After finishing this betting round we can now go to the fifth stage.

Turn card

Dealing turn card - third betting round - Texas Hold'em

Fifth stage – dealing river and starting the fourth betting round

Dealing the river mean that the dealer need to put on the table the fifth community face up card and the last one. After dealing the river follows the fourth and the last betting round started with the player in the position of the small blind. The betting process is the same as the previous second and third betting rounds. After finishing this betting round we can now go to the final stage of the hand.

River card

Dealing river card - fourth betting round - Texas Hold'em

Final stage – showdown

After all community cards were dealt and all betting rounds are finished then all players remaining in the hand need to show their hole cards in order to make a winner. Will win the player with the strongest hand – the best combination of five cards from the every player hole cards and the fifth community cards. A player can make the best five cards hand using one hole card, or both two hole cards or none of the hole cards combined with any cards from the community.

Let's see the winner now. Player 1 has two pairs: Kings and Jacks - with Ace Kiker. Player 2 has two pairs: Jacks and tens - with Ace Kiker. Player 3 has straight Ten to Ace. Player 4 has two pairs: Aces and Jacks - with King Kiker. So the best hand is the hand of Player 3 - straigh Ten to Ace.

Showdown hand

Showdown - Texas Hold'em

Hope that this article was useful for your poker knowledge development. We wish you good luck at the tables and for any questions or advices you can Contact us any time.