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Texas Holdem Rules

      Texas Holdem, also known under the simple name Holdem, is one of the most popular poker games. Every player receives two cards face down and the entire group receives five cards face up (named community cards). The players use their 2 face down cards and the community cards to make the best combination of 5 cards. The players can use one, two or none of their pocket cards to make the best 5 combination. The player with the best 5 card combination wins the pot.

      Because Texas Holdem is a straight ahead game and easy to understand, it has gained popularity in the entire world. Even the Pro poker players say that you need only couple of hours to understand and learn the game. The below rows are a short briefing in the introduction of the game rules. The rules have been divided in categories to easy learn Texas Holdem and to become a skilled player.

Game Sequence

     Texas Holdem has 4 betting rounds. Limit Holdem allows one bet and three raises in each round of betting. No Limit Holdem has no limits, you can raise as many times you want and how much you want. To continue playing during the betting rounds, a player must Call if he is next to “speak”, if he is not already gone “All-in”

     Each round starts with the player that is in the left position of the “dealer button”. This button moves clockwise around the table as every hand passes. This first active player has three choices: Check, Bet or Fold. After this player has taken his first action, the next following players have the same choices, until all the bets from the round are closed.

     After all the betting rounds are closed and there are two or more players in the game, the winner will be decided at the showdown. The player that is closer to the “dealer button” shows his cards first.

Here are the game`s steps:

1.   Before the cards are dealt, the players that are in the Big Blind and in the Small Blind positions add their share to the pot. The Small Blind is equal with half of the Big Blind (that means is equal with half of the minimum bet at the table). The player in the Big Blind position acts after the player in the Small Blind position. Small Blind and the Big Blind positions are directly left to the dealer button (the dealer button looks like a white disk marked with letter “D”)

2.   Two cards are dealt face down to each player. The first player that is taking action is the one in the left of the Big Blind. He can Call, Raise or Fold.

3.   The Second round of betting starts after the first three community cards are dealt with the face up (also known as the “Flop”). The first player that can take action is the one that is first from the dealer button.

4.   The Third round of betting starts when the fourth community card is dealt. This card is named the “Turn”. In Texas Limit Holdem the betting amount doubles in this round.

5.   The last round of betting begins when the last card, from the five community cards is dealt. This card is named, the “River”

6.   The Showdown determines who is the winner after all rounds of betting are over and all the remaining players are ready to show their pocked hands. The dealer declares the winner. The best hand wins the pot. If a player remains alone after any of the betting rounds, the showdown is canceled and he is declared the winner and wins the pot.

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