How To Play Texas Hold 'em Poker

The rules of Texas Hold 'em Poker, advantages of playing online with tips and where to play

Step by step guide and instructions on how to play Texas Hold 'em poker for beginners:

How To Play Texas Hold 'em Poker Game Online

Many people play for social rewards, for reasons of entertainment or even to help improve judgement skills (reading people) or even to sharpen strategic skills. But the one and only real reason you should be playing is simply to make money. It is one of the few forms of gambling where one can actually win money in the long run simply by being good or better than your opponents. It pays to know how to play and to understand the game and your opponents.

It certainly provides you with a better chance of winning than gambling in a casino for example where it is virtually impossible to win at blackjack, roulette and craps in the long run because the odds are stacked in favour of the House. The only exception is blackjack if you count cards, which is an extremely difficult skill.

Poker PhotoThey say it only takes a few minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master.

In order to learn the game, however, you must play and do so fairly often. As with most things in life, practise makes perfect.

A Texas Hold'em poker game is played as follows:

  1. The betting structure can vary. Sometimes antes are used, but most games start with two players to the left of the dealer placing out a predetermined amount of money so there is an initial amount to get things started. This is called posting the blinds. The small blind must post an amount equal to half the minimum bet, e.g. £0.50 for a £1/£2 game. Likewise, the 'big blind' player must equal the minimum bet, e.g. £1 for a £1 game.

  2. The dealer shuffles up a complete deck of 52 playing cards.

  3. Each is dealt two face down. These are called your hole or pocket cards – which are dealt face down on the table (which only you will be able to see).

  4. Then there is a round of betting starting with the guy to the left of the two who posted the blinds. This round is usually referred to by the term pre–flop. This begins with the person to the left of the big blind and moves round the table in a clockwise direction. Naturally, you bet according to how well you think your hand will fare against your opponents. You have three choices in the 1st round:
    a) Fold – decide that your cards aren't good enough to win.
    b) Call – match the big blind stake and stay in the betting.
    c) Raise – up the stakes, meaning your opponents will have to match your amount or fold.

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  5. The amount of a bet depends on what kind of game it is. Naturally, you bet according to how well you think yours will fare against your opponents.

  6. The dealer then flips the next three face up on the table. These are called the flop and are communal so that anyone can use them in combination with their two pocket cards to form a hand. With 5 of your 7 now in view, you will now have a much better idea of what your best hand is likely to be. In this and the following rounds of betting, the first person to act is directly to the left of the dealer button. Again the options are to Call, Fold or Raise. Alternatively, if no–one has yet contributed to the pot, you can "check". You remain in for free, but if another bets, you will have to match his stake to stay in. Again initial bets are in increments of the lower table stakes.

  7. A fourth communal card is dealt face up in the middle of the table which is called the Turn card. Again, this can be used by everyone to make theirs as good as possible. Players can use this sixth card now to form a five card poker hand.

  8. The person to the left of the dealer begins another round of betting.

  9. The dealer places a final one face up on the table. This is called the river. Everyone can now use any of the five on the table or the two in their pocket to form a five card hand.

  10. There is one final round of betting starting with the player to the left of the dealer.

  11. After that, all of those remaining in the game begin to reveal their hands. This begins with the person to the left of the last to call. It's called the showdown.

  12. Finally, whoever shows the best wins. There are cases where players with equal hands share the winnings and the pot is split.









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