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Texas Hold'em Poker Game Rules

The Texas Hold'em game of online poker is one of the most popular, highly studied and news covered cards game around the world. It is covered live on television from tournaments in Las Vegas to national championships around the different parts of the globe. Practice your Texas Hold'em poker skills until you are ready to move up to the real fun at the money tables.

The Game:

  1. The betting structure in Texas Hold'em can vary. Sometimes antes are used, but most games start with two players to the left of the dealer placing out a predetermined amount of money, also known as posting the blinds, so there is an initial amount to get things started.
  2. The dealer shuffles up a full deck of 52 playing cards. (make sure everybody is playing with a full deck)
  3. Each player is dealt two cards face down. These cards are known as your pocket or hole cards.
  4. Then there is a pre flop round of betting starting with the player to the left of the two players who posted the blinds.
  5. The amount each player can bet depends on what kind of game it is. (might want to set some limits, just donít give up your car, house, or girlfriend for that matter)
  6. like most games of poker, each player can check, raise, or fold.
  7. After the betting round ends, in order to prevent cheating the dealer throws out the burn card, in lemans terms it is basically the top card of the deck.  
  8. The dealer then flips the flop cards or the next three cards face up on the table. The flop cards are communal cards that players can use in combination with their own two pocket or hole cards to form a poker hand. (hopefully you can do so).
  9. Than there is another round of betting that starts with the player to the left of the dealer.
  10. When the round of betting ends, the dealer burns another card (not literally, he just throws it out.) and flips one more card on the table. This card is known as the turn card. Players can use this sixth card (turn card) to form a five card poker hand.
  11. The player to the left of the dealer begins another round of betting. In many types of games, this is where the bet size doubles (depending on the players and on what you are betting on).
  12. At the end of the game, the dealer burns another card and places a river card face up on the table. This card is your last chance to form a good hand. Players can now use any of the five cards on the table or the two cards in their pocket to form a five card poker hand.
  13. There is one final round of betting starting with the player to the left of the dealer.
  14. After that, the great showdown begins; all of the players remaining in the game begin to reveal their hands (oh no). This begins with the player to the left of the last player to call.
  15. The player who shows the best hand wins! There are cases where players with equal hands share the winnings. (not crazy about having to share, than again who is?)

Once you understand this basic structure of the game, you can play Hold'em and even some of the many Hold'em variants out there. Hold'em is an easy game to learn (to some people), just difficult to master. Becoming a master can be an expensive adventure, especially in the traditional setting of a casino poker room. Thankfully, you can practice all you want for free with online poker rooms. (seems like that only when you practice, do they let you win :)

Good luck on your next poker game From the Online Casinos USA team

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