Texas Hold’em became popular with the new generations thanks to televised tournaments. This TV shows sky rocked its popularity to make Texas Hold’em the most popular game in casinos worldwide and in online poker rooms.
Before jumping to the gun and sitting down at a Texas Hold’em table you have to know the rules, otherwise someone will walk from the table with your money.
First of all, every player at the table will be given two private cards. These cards are known as “hole cards”. After every player is given the personal cards the dealer places 5 community cards on the table, these cards are called “the board”. Every player in the hand can use these cards in combination with their hole cards to make the best possible poker hand.
The blinds form an important factor that helps “the pot” get started. The person sitting to the right of the dealer will have to put up an amount called the “small blind” and the following person on the same direction will have to double the amount and that one is called the big blind. The following people will get to see their personal cards for free. If a person wishes to stay in the hand they will have to equal the biggest amount wagered by any of the players at the table.
Each player at the table has several options during each betting round. The possible actions for all players are: fold, call, check, bet, and raise.
- Fold: return cards to the dealer.
- Call: bet the amount requested to stay in the hand.
- Check: since players before did not bet, checking will keep the player in the hand without betting
- Bet: move chips towards the center of the table.
- Raise: increase the wager made by another player involved in the hand.
All the players on the table except for the small blind and big blind get to see the hole cards for free and then decide how to proceed, either by betting the amount equal to the big blind, raising the amount wagered or by folding.
Known as the turn, it’s the forth community card on the board. Once the previous betting round is over the turn card is made visible to all players and the new betting round starts.
The last card on the board is known as the river. Once this card is made visible to all players the last and final betting round starts.
If there are more than one player involved in the hand the showdown will take place. The last player that wagered or raised will have to show its cards. If there was no bet on the last round the last person to have wagered on previous round will have to show its cards.
The player with the best hand combination between hole cards and the board will be declared the winning hand. All suits have the same value in Texas Holdem.