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How to Play Texas Hold’Em Poker

December 4, 2020

Texas Hold’em is a popular poker game played against other players. During the game, there will be seven cards in play, including two private hole cards and five board cards laid across the middle of the poker table. The player with the strongest five-card hand will win the game.

How to Play Texas Hold’Em Poker

To begin playing Texas Hold’em, each player receives two private hole cards as their initial starting hand. After seeing their cards, a player can do one of three things: fold (a player drops out of the hand), call (match the highest bet so far) or raise (increase the previous high bet).

Next, the dealer will draw three board cards simultaneously, this is called the flop. Once revealed, the players will compare these cards with their starting hand and a second betting round occurs.

After this, the fourth board card is turned down called “The Turn.” Then another round of betting occurs.

Finally, the final fifth board card is turned down called “The River.” The players will once again bet on this final betting round.

Keep in mind, board cards are community cards, and a player may use any five-card combination from both the board and their personal cards. Additionally, a player may even use only board cards and no personal cards, which is called “playing the board.”

Betting in Texas Hold’em Poker

On the poker table, there is a dealer button and everyone takes their turn to be the dealer. The dealer button will move counterclockwise after every hand to the next player.

To the left of the dealer, is the “small blind” or the player that starts the betting off in every poker hand.

Players who sit in consecutive clockwise order from the button post a blind bet. Betting action is initiated on the first betting round by the player on the immediate left of the person who posted the big blind.

On all subsequent betting rounds, the betting action is begun by the first active player clockwise from the button.

A bet and three raises are allowed in all limits below 15-30. In 15-30 and above a bet and four raises are allowed.

There is no limit on raises with only two players remaining. Any strange money on that round limits the raises.

In a game which requires a player who wins two consecutive pots to kill the next pot, a marker called a “kill button” indicates which player has won the previous pot. The winner keeps this marker until the poker hand is completed.

If the player who has the kill button wins a second consecutive pot and it qualifies momentarily, that player must kill the next pot. There is no pot-sized requirement for the first pot or “leg” of a kill. For the second “leg” to qualify for a kill, the player must win at least 5x the big blind and there must be a flop.

“No Limit” Texas Hold’Em Poker

“No Limit” means that the amount wagered is limited only by table stakes rules, so any part or all of a player’s chips may be wagered. With No Limit Texas Hold’em:

  • All bets must be at least equal to the big blind, unless a player is going all-in.
  • All raises must be equal to or greater than the size of the previous bet or raise on that betting round, except for an all-in wager.
  • When raising, a player must either put the amount of the raise out in one motion, or state the raise amount.
  • The number of raises in any betting round is unlimited.

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