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Texas Holdem Rules | Offical Rules of Texas Hold'em Poker

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Texas Holdem is by far the most popular poker variation played online. It's played by up to 10 players at a table who each receive two face-down hole cards.

These two cards have to be combined with community cards, shared by all players, to form a five-card poker hand.

  • One player is assigned the dealer button, which is moved one seat clockwise at the end of each hand.

  • The two players immediately to the left of the dealer post a small blind and a big blind (mandatory bets), respectively. The big blind is usually twice the size of the small blind.

  • When the blinds have been posted, each player is dealt two cards face down. The cards are personal and are never shown to anyone else before the showdown.

  • The first round of betting is started by the player to the left of the player who posted the big blind. The player can then call (the same amount as the big blind), raise (how much depends on the betting structure of the game) or fold (and is then out of the hand for the duration of the round).

  • The next player to act has the option to call (the big blind amount or the possibly raised amount), raise (if the pot isn't raised), re-raise (make another raise on top of a previous raise) or fold. The same options are available to all players until everyone has acted.

  • After the first round of betting, three cards from the deck are placed face-up on the table. These three cards are called "The Flop."

  • Now each player has a five-card poker hand consisting of their two hole cards and the three community cards on the table. A new round of betting is started by the first player to the left of the dealer button who is still in the hand (hasn't folded).

  • After this round of betting, a fourth card is placed face-up on the table. This card is called "The Turn," and is followed by another betting round.

  • Finally, a fifth card called "The River" is placed on the table, and the last betting round follows.

  • If two players or more are still in the hand (haven't folded) there will be a showdown. The player who can show the best five-card combination of their two hole cards and the community cards in any combination wins the pot.

  • A player's final hand can be made up of any combination of hole cards and the board cards including playing all five cards on the board
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