Texas Hold'em Poker

The game Texas Hold'em itself is very easy to understand. You know that in an online Texas Hold'em game there are four rounds of betting, one before the flop, one on the flop, one on the turn and the last one after the river. The flop, turn and river are the so-called community cards that are dealt face-up on the table.

Preflop - the poker cards are dealt

Two poker players post a blind! Before the cards are dealt, two players must post a blind bet. They are called blinds (secret card), because they haven't seen their poker cards yet. There is one small bet, the Small Blind, and one big bet, the Big Blind, usually double the small blind.

These bets aren't posted by anyone, but instead by the two players sitting on the left of the dealer. The task changes clockwise each round. In order to recognize the current dealer, a special chip is placed in front of the concerned poker player. This is called the Button or Dealer Button.

Ante Texas Hold'em occasionally has an ante (usually only in tournament play) where every player must place a specified amount in the pot prior to the beginning of each hand. The ante does not count toward any future bets.

Everyone receives two poker cards

Now each Internet poker player is dealt two cards and so begins the first round of betting. Do you have strong enough cards to commit chips or money, or will you throw away your cards?

What are the betting round options?

Fold! If you don't want to continue in the hand, you can throw your poker cards away and "leave" the current round.

Bet!When no one ahead of you has bet anything, you can do it yourself. You would say, for example: "I bet 5 chips" and place your chips in the pot, so that anyone who wants to play on must pay your bet. If they don't, they can fold.

Betting all of one's chips is called going all-in. Once you are all-in, you can't bet anything more, but also cannot fold before the showdown. Indeed, when you are all-in, you will automatically be in the hand until its end, giving you the possibility to win by showing the best cards.

Raise! You can also raise a bet, for example, raising a poker opponent's bet of 5 chips to 10 chips. By doing this you are making the bet more expensive to call for anyone who wants to play on. If they don't want to pay extra, they must fold.

Call! If someone in front of you has bet, you have the possibility to call this bet. For this you just pay whatever the price of the bet was. If an opponent bets 5 chips, you would call 5 chips to stay in the hand.

Check! If no one has bet yet, then you can check. This means that you don't place any bet and let the next player act. It is like saying "I'll wait and see what other poker players'do before entering any chips into the pot".

When it is your turn!

To keep betting rounds organized, there are a few rules to know whose turn it is. Basically, the action goes round the poker table clockwise. When one player has acted, the poker player to his left can act.

In the first round of betting the poker player on the left of the big blind is first to act. From the second round on, it is always the first poker player on the left of the button.

Once everyone has acted all the bets are collected and placed in the middle of the poker table. This is called the pot. Whoever wins the hand wins the pot.

The flop? - The first three community cards

After the initial round of betting the dealer deals three cards face up on the table, so that everyone can see them. They do not belong to one particular poker player; indeed everyone can use them to create their 5-card poker hand. This is why they are called community cards.

Now begins the second round of betting, during which you can place additional money in the pot, or fold. At the end of the round, the bets are collected as usual and put into the pot. Then comes the turn.

The turn - The fourth community card

A fourth community card, the turn, is dealt on the poker table. It is also used in combination with the other poker cards to form your poker hand.

The poker players who are still in the hand engage in a third round of betting, at the end of which the bets are collected and placed in the pot. After the turn comes the river.

The river - The fifth community card

The river is the fifth and final community card to be dealt. It is of course also used in combination with the other cards to form each player's hand.

In the fourth round of betting you can bet once more. After this round of betting, the poker players who are still in the hand show their poker cards. This is called the showdown.

The showdown

At the showdown all the players still in the hand reveal their cards, to find out who has the best holdings and wins the pot.

How do you make the best poker hand?

A poker hand is always made of five poker cards. You only hold two cards (secret cards), which you combine with the community cards. You won't always need both of your hole cards (secret cards) to form you poker hand. The only requirement is that there be five cards.