TEXAS HOLD’EM POKER

Texas Hold’em …. the loved one!!
The Basics
Texas Hold’em is a community card game, meaning that some cards are
dealt face up in the middle of the table and shared by all players. It
is played with one deck of cards (52 cards). Each player is dealt two
pocket or hole cards which they consider with the five community cards
to make the best possible five-card hand.

The person who is dealt last is regarded as the dealer and as such is
marked with a dealer button. At the end of the hand the button is passed
clockwise to the next player

The Button
The button moves clockwise around the table after each hand, and the
player “on the button” gets his cards last and bet last in each round

The Blinds
The first 2 players to the left of the button are forced to put in the
blind bets.  Typically, the first player puts in the small blind, equal
to half of the minimum bet, while the second player puts in the big
blind, equal to a full minimum bet.  For example, if the small blind
would be €5 the big blind would be €10.

The Deal and Betting Rounds
Starting with the first player to the left of the button, each player is
dealt 2 cards, face down, which is called the pocket cards.  The first
two players to the left of the button post the blinds, and the first
round of betting ensues.  The first action after the deal is taken by
the player to the left of the big blind.  He and subsequent players can
choose to call the big blinds bet, fold or raise.  In most Texas Hold’em
games, the blinds are live, which means that in the first round of
betting, they get a chance to call, check or raise when the action moves
around to them.  In this sense, the big blind would be the last player
to act after the dealing of the pocket cards

The Flop
The flop is 3 cards laid face up in the center of the table.  These
cards serve as common cards. Before opening the flop the dealer burns
one card. Another round of betting ensues, with the first remaining
player to the left of the button starting the action.All players must
put the same amount into the pot, or fold before the round has ended.
The same rules apply for both the bidding and the raising in each round
from now on

The Turn
The dealer now burns one more card and then displays the fourth
community card on the ta­ble, so all players have six cards to play
with. A single card is laid face up, next to the flop, for a total of 4
cards face up.  Another betting round occurs, starting with the first
player remaining to the left of the button.

The River
A final card is turned face up, again after having burnt one card,
bringing the total number of common cards faces up on the board to 5.  A
final round of betting occurs, starting with the first player remaining
to the left of the button.

Showdown
After betting is complete and if at least two players remain, a showdown
occurs in which the winner is determined by the best five card hand
possible using the 5 common cards and each player’s pocket cards.  It is
entirely possible for the best hand to be completely “on the board,” in
which case the remaining players split the pot.  It is also possible to
have a “tie” in which the players with the same hand strengths split the
pot.

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