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Rundown of Rules on the Hottest Card Game These Days – Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular poker games played today. It is often referred to as the Cadillac of Poker. It is considered a community card game, which means that there are several cards that are dealt face up on the table and can be used by all players to make a hand. While not the easiest of all the poker games to say the least, Texas hold’em has a straightforward set of rules.

Texas hold’em very rarely requires an ante. If an ante is required it is usually only in tournament games and would not be counted towards any future bets. However, the two players to the dealers left are required to place blind bets. Blind bets are considered forced bets. The small blind is half of the low limit bet size and the big blind is equal to the low limit bet. The player to the immediate left will place the small blind. The player next to that player will place the big blind. Blinds count towards the players bet for that round.

To begin with every player is dealt to cards face down. These cards are referred to as pocket or hole cards. Then the player to the left of the big blind has the option of betting, folding or raising the bet. A player will call by putting in an amount equal to the low limit bet. They can raise the bet by putting in an amount that is twice the amount of the low limit bet. Betting then continues around the table in a clockwise direction.

After the first round of betting is complete the three community cards are dealt. These cards are referred to as the flop. The dealer places three cards face up in the middle of the table so that all players can make their hand using a any combination of flop and hole cards.

After the flop another round of betting takes place. The betting begins with the player to the dealers left, and will for the remainder of the game. In this round of betting all bet and raises must be equal to the low limit bet amount.

After the second round of betting is complete, a fourth community card is dealt face up on the table. This card is known as the Turn or Fourth Street. And then all remaining player participate in another round of bets. In this round of betting all bets and raises must be equal to the high limit bet size.

After the third round of bets is completed, a fifth community card is dealt face up on the poker table. This is the last community card of the game is commonly called the River or Fifth Street. After the river is dealt another round of bets takes place. In this round all bets and raises must be equal to the high limit bet size.

Any player that remains in the game after the final round of betting takes place will participate in the show down. The player who makes the best five-card combination will win the pot. The person who bets last is the first to show their hand. The showdown then proceeds clockwise around the table. If a player does not believe they have a winning hand and do not want their opponents to see their cards they will muck their hand. This means they will place their hand face down on the table.

The player with the best hand based on traditional rules of hand ranking will win the pot. If the best hand is the five cards on the table, then everyone splits the pot.

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