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Texas Holdem Rules

Onsdag 18 february, Haylie Kramer

pokr chips and cardsFirst of all, player position is important to the structure of Texas Holdem. In Texas Holdem, one player in each hand is always in possession of the “dealer button.” The dealer button rotates clockwise around the table with each new hand. Texas Holdem rules state that at the start of each hand, the player to the immediate left of the dealer is the small blind. This means he will have to put up half of the blind limit, which will represent half of his bet once the betting cycle returns to him. In Texas Holdem, as in most poker variations that use blinds, the player to the left of the small blind is in the position of the big blind. He must initially bet the entire blind limit to play in the hand. Once the betting cycle returns to the player in the big blind, if there are no raises, he is already in the pot which means that even if he has a bad hand, he’ll still get an opportunity to see the flop before he folds. This is one advantage of being in the seat of the big blind in Texas Holdem, along with having the opportunity to act last.

Once blinds have been placed, the deal begins. The dealer gives each Texas Holdem player (up to 10 players) two “hole cards” face down. These cards are also called “pocket cards.” Once the players have had a chance to view their hand, betting resumes with the player to the left of the big blind being first to act. He can either fold, raise, or check a bet, and so on around the table with the big blind acting last. When betting is complete, the dealer burns one card and deals the “flop.” In Texas Holdem, the flop consists of three face up cards dealt on the table to be used by all players to make a hand in the last round.

Following the flop, another betting round takes place, in the same fashion as the previous betting rounds. Then the dealer burns another card and deals the “turn,” also called “4th Street.” In Texas Holdem, this is a one-card community deal, dealt face up, followed by another betting round. Then the final round begins with the dealer burning one card and dealing the fifth and final community card face up on the table. This deal is called the “river” or “5th Street.” The final action in a game of Texas Holdem, as in in other variations of poker, is followed by the showdown. Any remaining players must act again and then enter into the “showdown.”

In Texas Holdem, the winner of the hand will hold the best five-card poker hand made with at least one of his hole cards along with three or four of the community cards. If there are two players with equally ranked hands, they must split the pot. If the best five-card hand in a Texas Holdem hand is the five community cards, then the pot is split among any players left in the hand.