Understanding Basic Texas Hold'em

Texas Hold'em is a fairly easy form of poker to learn. Each player has two cards in their hand and five cards are face up on the table. The best hand made out of these seven cards wins the pot. Pass out an equal number of chips and begin.

Betting Around the Table

After selecting a dealer, cards are dealt from left to right around the table twice. This hand is kept secret from the other players. The player to the left of the dealer is the small blind, and the player at the right of the dealer is the big blind, meaning the big blind has to put down double the chips of the small blind player, who bets first. After the first round of bets, three cards are placed face up in the center (the Flop). Betting continues around twice more until five cards are in the center.

Folding, Calling, Raising and Checking

If there is no way to make a good hand, a player bows out or folds. Calling matches the current bet with no extra raise. Raising increases the bet by at least double the amount, and checking is simply a statement that the player is not currently going to bet or fold, and their current bet must match the current minimum bet. This process continues around the table until all cards are laid down. The fourth card in the middle is the "Turn", and the fifth is the "River". When all bets have been made, the best hand remaining in the game wins the pot.

Texas Hold'em requires card analysis and watching other players. Careful betting and patience is a key strategy in the game.