Texas Hold’em Poker Rules
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Texas Hold 'Em (or Texas Holdem) is the version of Poker played in
many casinos, and seen on the Travel Channel's World Poker Tour and
ESPN's World Series of Poker. These are the basic rules for Texas
Hold 'Em Poker.
The Shuffle, The Deal and The Blinds
The dealer shuffles a standard 52-card deck.
(In casinos, the dealer never plays. A round disc -- known as a "dealer
button" -- moves clockwise from player to player with each hand.
The button marks which player would be the dealer if the deal were
advanced from player to player as the game went along.)
Most Texas Hold 'Em Poker games start with the two players to the
left of the dealer (the button) putting a predetermined amount of
money into the pot before any cards are dealt, ensuring that there's
something to play for on every hand.
This is called "posting
the blinds." Most often, the "first blind" -- the
player to the left of the dealer -- puts up half the minimum bet,
and the "second blind" puts up the full minimum bet.
Each player is dealt two cards, face down. These are known as the "hole
A round of betting takes place, beginning with the player to the
left of the two who posted the blinds. Players can call, raise, or
fold when it's their turn to bet.
After the first betting round, the dealer discards the top card
of the deck. This is called burning the card and is done to ensure
that no one accidentally saw the top card, and to help prevent cheating.
The dealer then flips the next three cards face up on the table.
These cards are called the "flop."
NOTE: Eventually, a total of five community cards will be placed
face up on the table. Players can use any combination of the community
cards and their own two hole cards to form the best possible five-card
After the flop, another round of betting takes place, beginning
with the player to the left of the dealer (the button). During this
and all future rounds of betting, players can check, call, raise,
or fold when it's their turn to bet.
The dealer burns another card and plays one more face up onto the
table. This, the fourth community card, is called the "turn" or "Fourth
The player to the left of the dealer (the button) begins the third
round of betting.
The dealer burns another card before placing the final face-up card
on the table. This card is called the "river" or "Fifth
Final Betting and The Winner
Players can now use any combination of seven cards -- the five community
cards and the two hole cards known only to them -- to form the best
possible five-card Poker hand.
The fourth and final round of betting starts with the player to
the left of the dealer (the button).
After the final betting round, all players who remain in the game
reveal their hands. The player who made the initial bet or the player
who made the last raise shows their hand first.
The player with the best hand wins.