This article explains the concept for playing Texas Holdem including
betting rounds, how the cards are dealt and the overall basics of the
game. Texas Holdem is usually played in three formats – Pot Limit, No
Limit and Fixed Limit. Every online poker room provides Texas Holdem
for free or for real money.
When playing at the casino or in an online poker
room you will see a button which will rotate clockwise
to the dealer. The button is to distinguish who at
the table is in the blinds. The player who is seated
to the right of the button will be the small blind
and will post half of the big blind bet. The player
to their right is the big blind and will post the
full bet at the table. As an example if you were playing
$1/$2, the small blind would need to post $1, and
the big blind would post $2 prior to any cards being
dealt. Once the blinds are in everyone will receive
their two hole cards
Once you have your cards you will need to look at
them and determine if you want to play your hand and
how you want to play. You have three options available
to you, call, raise or fold. If you intend to raise,
your bet will depend on the type of Holdem you are
playing. As an example in a FL game of Holdem the
pre-flop bet/raise would be one big blind, where as
pot limit allows you to bet the pot plus one big blind
and no limit will give you the ability to bet all
your chips. Each player will take their turn starting
with the player who is to the right of the big blind.
Once the betting round has finished the dealer will
place three cards on the table face up, also known
as the flop. These cards will be shared among all
players at the table, which is also why they are referred
to as “community cards”. The first player to the right
of the button who is playing the hand will open the
betting round, and any subsequent rounds here on out.
Once the betting round has come to a complete the
dealer will lay another card on the table face up.
This card is referred to as the turn which is the
4th community card. Players will again have another
betting round with the same rules applying here as
listed above. The only exception is when you are playing
a game of Fixed Limit where the best will now double
the big blind.
The river is the final and 5th community card placed
on the table, again face up. Once this card is laid
players will have their final betting round and the
player with the best five card hand will win the pot.
If players end up tied the hand the dealer will divide
the pot between the winning players.