Texas Hold’em is the most popular variant of poker today. The rules of the game are easy to learn and can be played both in land based casinos and in online casinos.
Check out The Rules of Poker for a more detailed explanation of the ins and outs of playing online. Keep reading below for a brief summary.
Firstly, a dealer button is used so that players know who is posting the blinds. For the deal to begin, the player to the immediate left of the dealer pays a small forced bet called a blind and the player next to the that player pays a bigger bet. Each player is then dealt two cards that will only be known to that player (hole cards).
When everyone has been dealt their cards, bets are placed moving in a clockwise direction. The first bettors (small and big blind players) have the options to call (pay the same as the big blind), raise (pay more than the big blind did) or fold (the player hands in their dealt cards especially if those cards are not likely to win that round).
After the first bets, we move onto the next round called “flop”. This begins by removing the top card from the deck and keeping it face down (“burn”). The dealer then deals three cards face up (community cards) into the middle which players use to make the best poker hand. Another betting round follows and after that comes the “turn” where the dealer deals another card in the middle with its face upwards. Another betting round follows.
In the next round called the “river” another card is burned and the last card is dealt into the middle- also with its face upwards. Another betting round follows.
Finally, in the showdown, all remaining players reveal their cards. The winner is the player with the best five-poker hand (the three cards and their hole cards).