Texas Holdem

In No Limit Texas Hold’em, each player is dealt two cards or “hole” cards face down, after which a round of betting occurs. Three “community cards”, also known as “the flop”, are then dealt face up. Another round of betting occurs. A forth card, the “turn”, is dealt and one more round of betting occurs. Then, the last card, or “river”, is dealt with one final round of betting. At this stage, each player still in the hand shows their cards face up. This is known as the “showdown”. The winner is determined based on who has the best five-card poker hand. Players can use a combination of their “hole” cards and the five “community” or “board” cards.

In Hold’em, there are three main positions at the table. The “dealer” or “button”, along with the “small blind” and “big blind”. Before players are dealt into the hand, the “blinds” are posted. The player to the left of the “button”, posts the “small blind” then the player to the left of the “small blind”, posts the “big blind” which is normally double the “small blind”.

Once the “blinds” are posted, players are dealt their “hole” cards. A round of betting then occurs, starting with the player to the left of the “big blind”. The minimum bet that the next player can make is equivalent to one big blind. In No Limit Hold’em, the maximum that a player can bet is their entire stack of chips, also known as going “all-in”. On all subsequent betting rounds, the action will begin with the first active player to the left of the “button”.

Once all “community” cards are dealt face up and/or betting has finished, then the remaining players go to the “showdown”. This involves all active players showing their “hole” cards face up. The player with the best five-card combination wins the pot. If two or more players have identical hands, then the pot is split equally between them. This is known as a “chopped pot”. At the end of each hand, the “button” moves clockwise to the next player and another hand begins.

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