A refresher for the returning champion, and a quick guide for the beginner.
Knowing the Texas hold'em rules can make all the difference in your game and the
winnings you take home. Even a long timer may need a refresher every now and
then. Take a moment and read below to be on your way to enjoying and
understanding the game.
In the game Texas Hold 'Em you use a standard 52 card deck. After the cards
are shuffled or as with Internet Texas Hold'em you make your start by placing
the predetermined amount of money into the pot, which is also called, posting
the blinds. This occurs before any cards being dealt.
Often the first player (the player directly beside the dealer on the left)
puts half the minimum in the pot and then all other players put in the full
minimum bet. By doing this, there is always money to play for in each hand.
When the initial bet is made, next each player receives two cards face down.
These cards are known as the hole cards. After looking at your hole cards,
betting will commence again. At this point, you can call (which means you put in
exactly what you must to stay in the game), you can raise the bet, or you can
fold and try again next time.
The dealer will then discard their top-card (this is called burning) and
place three cards face up in the middle of the table. Those cards are community
cards. Keep in mind any combination of your hole cards and the community cards
can be used to make the best five-card poker hand. Placing the community card is
called the flop.
After the flop, the bets begin again. Then there is another card placed in
the community pile face up. That card is called the turn. After the turn another
round of betting occurs. Then the fifth and final card is placed in the
community pile. This card is called the river.
After the river card the final round of betting occurs. By the Texas hold'em
rules everyone still in the game reveals his or her hand. The person with the
best hand wins.
These are the general Texas hold’em rules. Texas Hold'em poker is a fabulous
game of chance and strategy. Take your chances and have a great time playing. On
thing that is great about Internet Texas Hold'em is the others players can’t
read you to try to find out if you’re bluffing. Online or off, Texas Hold’em
poker is a great combination of luck and strategy.
About The Author
David Olsen has been writing about online casinos and casino strategy for
over five years and is considered an authority in the online gambling world. His
latest website, Play Video Poker, is all about video Poker with special
attention paid to Online Poker. Visit His site to learn more
http://www.playvideopoker.us. Mr. Olsen works from home and is married with
one young son.
This article was posted on November 27, 2005