Texas Hold'Em

TEXAS HOLD EM - Rules

Texas Hold Em is an ideal game to play if you are a beginner to poker. It is easy to learn and after a few hours practice you can play well enough to hold your own in a real money game.

In order to keep ahead you should play as often as possible.

Some sites, for example Party Poker and Poker Stars offer practice games before you are ready to play for real money. There are loads of other beginners to practice with and the site is easy to navigate.

How to play Texas Hold Em - a step by step guide.

The betting structure in Texas Hold Em can vary from site to site. In some cases antes are used and in others (and most commonly) is where the 2 players to the left of the dealer placing out a predetermined (posting the blinds) bet to get the game going. The first player usually bets half the minimum and the next player will bet the minimum bet (big blind).

The dealer gives each player 2 cards face down from a shuffled deck of 52 cards. These cards are known as pocket or hole cards

The betting round then starts with the player who is to the left of the players who posted the blinds. The amount that a player can depend varies from game to game. See below for betting structures.

As with most poker games, the player can check, raise or fold.

At the end of the first betting round, the top card on the deck, also known as the bum card is discarded.

The next 3 cards in the deck and then placed on the table, face up. These cards can be used by any player in conjunction with their pocket cards to make a hand. These cards are communal and are known as the flop.

The player to the left of the dealer starts the next round of betting.

Another card (the turn card) is discarded from the top of the deck and players can now use any or the 4 communal cards and their 2 cards to form a 5 card poker hand.

The next round of betting begins, once again with the player on the left of the dealer. This is usually where the bet size doubles.

After discarding the top card, the dealer places a fifth and final card (the river) face up on the table. Players may use any of the 7 cards in play (5 communal and their pocket cards) to make a 5 card poker hand.

The final hand of betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer.

The remaining players in the game now reveal their hands. (Remember anyone could have folded up until now.) This process begins with the player to the left of the last player to 'call'. This is known as the showdown.

The player showing the best hand wins that game. If 2 players have the same hands, the pot is split between them.

Betting Structures-

Fixed Limit or Structured Limit

This type of betting is where the amount that can be bet is set beforehand. This means that the amount that can be bet is set. It will be something like this £2/£4. The first number signifies the amount that is to be bet before the flop, and the second figure is when the betting doubles. Only four bets can be made per player in Hold Em. There is a limit of four bets per player per betting round. Sometimes there are structured games with 3 betting amounts (£2/£4/£8).That means a player can bet, get re-raised, re-raise again, and be re-raised.

On the final round, the player may choose whether to bet £4 or £8.

Pot LimitA Pot Limit is where a player bets any amount between the cost of the big blind and the size of the pot on any betting round.

Half-Pot LimitSimilar to Pot Limit, except that the player can bet amounts between the cost of the big blind and up to half of the size of the pot.

No LimitA No Limit is where the player can bet any amount between the big blind and the sum of money at the table on any betting round.