Texas Hold’em Poker is the most popular poker game in the United States. The game is very simple. It is a strategic game, and a player can achieve expertise in this game by practice. In this guide on How to Play Texas Hold’em Poker, we have covered the game from the basics, and after reading this guide, you’ll be able to play the game. However, practice is required to achieve expertise. Let’s start the guide on How to Play Texas Hold’em Poker.
A 52 cards standard deck is used. Also, poker chips are required.
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Two or more players can play this game.
The Object of The Game
The main object of the game is to win chips. The player can win chips by making the highest-ranking poker hand at the showdown. Only the active players’ hands are compared at showdown. If all the players except one fold their hands then the remaining player is the winner.
The Ranks of the Cards from Highest to Lowest:
Ace (A), King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
The Ranks of the Poker Hands from Highest to Lowest:
- Royal Flush (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 of the same suit or say, the highest possible straight flush)
- Straight Flush (Five same suited cards in a sequence)
- Four of a Kind
- Full House [Three of a kind (Three cards of the same rank) with a pair(Two cards of the same rank)]
- Flush (Five cards of the same suit)
- Straight (Five cards in a sequence)
- Three of a Kind
- Two Pairs
- High Card
The dealer is determined by drawing the cards. Each player draws one card from the deck and the player with the highest-ranking card is the dealer for the round. If there is more than one player with the highest-ranking card then they again draw a new card and the player with the highest-ranking card this time, will be the dealer.
In Texas Hold’em Poker and Omaha Poker, there is a new concept of blinds instead of Ante. The player on the left of the dealer puts the “Small Blind” and the player on the left of the small blind player puts the “Big Blind”. Usually, the big blind is double the small blind.
Dealing The Cards
Once the blinds are placed, the dealer deals 2 cards to each player starting from his left, one card at a time, face-down, in a clockwise manner.
The game is played in four rounds. 1) Pre-flop, 2) Flop, 3) Turn, 4) River.
After the cards are dealt, the first round of betting, named “Pre-flop”, begins. The player on the left of the big blind is first to play, then the turn moves in a clockwise manner. Each player has 3 options during his/her turn.
1. Fold: The player throws away his/her cards and gets out of this round. He/she can play in the next round.
2. Call: The player has to place a bet of the same amount as the previous bet and he/she remains in the game. The first bet should match the amount of the big blind.
3. Raise: The player places a bet of double the amount of the previous bet.
If the small blind and the big blind take action of call or raise then the amount of the small blind and the big blind is deducted from the amount of the call or raise. So, at the end of the pre-flop round, each active player has contributed the same amount to the pot.
The player who made the big blind is the last player to take the action. As soon as the big blind take action, the pre-flop round gets over.
This round begins once the pre-flop round is completed. The dealer burns(Discards) the top card of the remaining deck face-down and then deals 3 cards face-up in the middle of the table. The cards dealt in the middle of the table are known as the “Community Cards”(Discussed later).
The first active player on the left of the dealer starts the flop round of betting. The player has two options either check or bet. If the player does not want to bet then he/she can check, and still remain in the game. And the play moves in a clockwise manner. Each player has the option of check or bet.
As soon as a player makes a bet by call or raise, the following players must have to match the previous bet to remain in the game.
After the flop round, the turn round begins. The dealer burns the top card of the remaining deck and deals one card in the middle of the table. After dealing, the betting begins. The betting in the Turn round is the same as the flop round.
After the turn round, the river round begins. The dealer burns the top card of the remaining deck and deals the last community card in the middle of the table. After that, the last betting round begins. The betting in the river round is the same as the turn round.
As soon as the last betting round gets completed, the showdown begins. All the remaining players show their hands. The player makes a poker hand with the help of 7 cards available to him/her(2 cards dealt to him/her and 5 community cards).
The player with the best poker hand wins all the chips. If more than one player has the same poker hand and that hand is the highest poker hand then the pot is distributed equally to those players.
Now you know How to Play Texas Hold’em Poker. Play and enjoy.