Basic Rules Of Texas Holdem Poker
Texas Hold'Em is the most popular Poker game.
The rules are relatively simple and today more and more players join poker rooms
and start playing Holdem. Holdem is an aggressive, fast and sometimes unpredictable game that gets the dollars changing hands like no other Poker
game. Texas Hold'em is the game that players at the World Series of Poker (WSOP)
play to determine who takes home several million dollars and 14-karat
gold bracelet. The estimated prize pool for No Limit Holdem WSOP 2005 is about
The goal of Hold'Em is forming a five card
hand from a total of seven available cards. Only two cards are actually held by
a player as pocket cards. The other 5 cards
are open, dealt to the middle of the table and shared by all players. In general
nine or even more players seat at the Holdem poker table.
dealer is marked by a disk called the button. The button rotates to the left
for each hand played. Players are identified by their seat
position. The dealer is seat number one, the player to the dealer's left is
seat #2 and so on to the player on the
dealer's right (clockwise).
Real casino Holdem has a fixed dealer and the button rotates
around the table clockwise simply to mark the rotation of theoretical dealer. The button's position
is not simply symbolic because seat
position significantly affects a player's opportunity in the game.
Holdem games for Beginners typically starts with $1-$2 to $4-$8, but the highest
ones can be as much as $500-$1000 or
even more. Hold'em uses two forced bets, the
blinds, to get Bets on the table right from the beginning of the game. Note
that there is no ante in Hold'em.
The first player to the dealer's left (seat #2) is called the small
blind and must kick in half the lower limit, or $10 in a $20-$40 game. Seat
#3 is the big blind and must kick in the full value of the lower
limit or $20 in our $20-$40 example game. The deal rotates clockwise around the
table beginning with the player to the big blind's left till each player
receives two cards.
Since the blinds opened with their forced bets, seat #4, the player to the
big blind's right, bets first. He/she Call by matching the big blind's
bet (the lower limit or $20 in our example) and may also Raise by kicking in the big limit
($40 in our $20-$40 game). Checking is not permitted during this round. The blinds in
Texas Holdem poker can Call, Raise or Fold.
Once the first betting round has completed, the dealer lays out the first
three community cards in the center of the table. This is called the
flop. This betting round begins with the blinds, or the first remaining seat on the
dealer's left if all of the blinds chosen to Fold. Bets are placed at the lower
limit ($20). Checking is permitted in this round and for the rest of the hand.
The Fourth and Fifth Streets
A fourth community card it dealt onto the table. Betting round begins with the blinds. Now,
and for the rest of this
game, Bets and Raises are at the high limit ($40). The turn becomes
the first expensive street.
The 5th and final community card is dealt (fifth street). This is also an expensive street
because Bets and Raises
are at the high limit ($40 in our example poker game).
The best five card hand wins the game. Players may form their final hands from any
combination of the table cards and their own pocket cards, even ignoring some or
all of their the
pocket cards and using only the table (community) cards.
In Holdem poker any player has option to see another players' pocket cards once they've been mucked.
If a player has Called or Raised during the last Betting round, he/she can ask the dealer and the mucked cards will be retrieved and shown.
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