Texas Hold ‘Em is one of the most well-known poker games and is popular at casino parties. It’s a game that beginners can play, and win at, with a little instruction and a few games under their belt. Check out the beginner’s guide below.
Posting the Blinds
Two players in the group are required to place a small bet before play begins. Each player will be required to ‘post the blind’ in turn so that this risk and responsibility is shared. The mandatory bet means that there will be something to play for if no one bets during a hand. Usually, there is a small initial blind, and a “big” blind, that doubles this first one.
The dealer, who can rotate in an informal game, or is provided by the house at casino parties, deals two cards to each player. The cards are face down and called the hole cards. Players then bet or fold (opt to leave the round). Further cards are dealt as follows:
- The Flop: 3 cards are dealt face-up to the center; these are community cards and can be used by all players to augment the cards in their hand. The cards remain in the center as players mentally calculate how, or if, to use the Flop. More bets are placed.
- The Turn, or Fourth Street: A 4th center card is dealt, which instigates another round of betting or folding.
- The River: the 5th, final community card; more betting ensues.
- The Showdown: Those left in the game lay down their cards face up so everyone can see the hands. The winner takes the pot, or all money bet during the round.
Once cards are dealt, the order of actions moves to the left. After blinds are posted, the next player to the left has three possible actions to take. They can fold or leave the round. They may choose to call, or match the blind, indicating that they will participate for the next round of cards. Finally, the player can raise the bet a minimum of double the big blind. Subsequent players must respond to the raised bet to continue in the hand.
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