Texas Hold’em is one of the most intense poker games you can choose. However, you just need to learn the basics and you’ll pick up the rest quite quickly.
- The first step is to establish the betting structure. This is done through the use of antes or blinds. The most common way is to use blinds where the two players to the left of the dealer add a “big” and “small” blind to the pot as a way of kicking the game off.
- Once these bets are places, the cards are shuffled and each player gets 2 cards face down. These are known as the “pocket cards”.
- Bets are then placed starting from the player three left of the dealer. The amount that is bet is determined by the rules of the table. Here players have the option of calling, raising or folding. This is known as the pre-flop.
- The dealer then burns the top card of the pack to avoid cheating. Three community cards are then turned face up in the center of the table. This is known as the flop. The two cards in each player’s hand and the community cards are what are used to make up the best hand.
- Another round of betting starts, beginning with the person to the left of the dealer. The same betting rules apply.
- After the betting, the dealer burns another card and then turns another card to take the total of community cards to 4.
- Another round of betting begins – again with the same rules. However, the intensity usually increases.
- Again, the dealer burns the next card and flips another card to make up a total of 5 community cards. This is known as the river.
- More betting.
- After all the bets have been placed and there are no more raises, the players who are left in the game reveal their hands – starting with the person on the left of the person who made the last call. This is known as the showdown, with the person with the winning hand taking the entire pot.
The betting structure:
There are two types of bets that can be used in Texas Hold’em. These are antes and blinds. Blinds are usually used in the primary stages of betting with antes being used later on.
The dealer determines the position of the person who must bet. There is a dealer button that moves in a clockwise position after each round.
The first bet to be placed is the small blind by the player on the immediate left of the dealer, followed by the big blind by the player to the left of the small blind placer. The small blind is equal to a half of the minimum bet and the big blind should equal the minimum bet. If there are only 2 players left in the game then the dealer will bet the small blind and the other player will bet the big blind.
In the first rounds of betting, the bets should equal the big blind. In the latter stages (after the flop) this usually doubles. However, in no limit Texas Hold’em anything goes. Players can raise up to however many chips they have. This is called going all in.