Texas Holdem Poker

Texas Holdem Poker is one of the most well known and basic poker games that can be played both as online poker and as land based poker.

Texas Holdem Poker two acesThe game begins when each players is dealt two cards. These two cards are dealt face down, and are known as pocket cards, or the hole cards.  The players that are on the left hand side of the dealer need to put out blind bets. The player on the immediate left of the dealer puts out the small blind bet, and the player that is to the left of that player (two to the left of the Texas Holdem Poker dealer) has to put out the big blind.

Players look at their cards and the player that sits on the let of the one that placed the big blind can raise the bet, call the bet, or fold their cards. Betting in Texas Holdem Poker continues around the table in a clockwise direction.

Once the first round of poker wagering is completed, there are three more cards that are dealt. These three cards are dealt to the middle of the poker table, face up. The center of the table is known as the board. These three cards are known as the flop.  They are used by all the players in the Texas Holdem Poker game. The flop is used in conjunction with the players hold cards to make the best poker hand that the player can make.

Another round of poker betting now takes place, starting to the left of the dealer. After this, there is another card dealt to the middle of the table. This fourth card is called the turn card, or the fourth street card. A further round of Texas Holdem Poker betting ensues, and after this is completed, the final card that will be dealt is dealt to the board. This card is also dealt face up, and is known as the river, or the fifth street.

The last round of Texas Holdem Poker wagering now takes place, and the moment of truth has come around. All the players that are still in the game now show their cards. Players need to make the best five card poker hand possible using any five out of the seven available cards.  This includes the five community cards, and the two hole cards or pocket cards. The player that can make the best five card Texas Holdem Poker hand is the player that wins the pot.

When it happens that the best hand is sitting in the center of the table, and is made up of the five community cards, and none of the players are able to beat it, all those that are left in the game will receive a share. In this case, the pot is shared equally amongst all those players that have not folded and were still in the game until the end.

Texas Holdem Poker is played with a deck of 52 cards, and can be played with as little as two players, and as many as 20 players.