Texas Hold’em is perhaps the most popular poker variant played online and its unlimited version is the most enjoyable for the crowds at the biggest poker tournaments. The relative simplicity of Texas Holdem rules, as demonstrated below, coupled with the communal nature of Texas Hold’em hands, makes the game easy to follow for both beginners and very exciting for observers.
Furthermore, if you want to immerse yourself in the frenzied world of poker and play Texas Hold’em online, then you only need to understand how each round of the game is played.
Texas Holdem Rules
Your goal in Texas Holdem, like any other variant of poker, is to win as much money as you can get from each pot. You can do this by showing either the best five-card combination at the end of the round or by having your opponents fold. Texas Holdem poker is usually played around a table with up to 10 players; however, there are other variations. When playing online, simply search for an empty seat click and join the table.
Simple Texas Holdem Poker Round
We will follow a limited Texas Holdem round. In limit games, the amount that each player can bet on different points of the game is limited (unlike the ‘No Limit’ games, in which players can place all their chips in the pot at the moment Can increase their bets). For example, if you join a $ 5 / $ 10 limit Texas Holdem game, the minimum stake or smallest bet is $ 5, while the biggest stake is $ 10. These limitations will be explained in more detail below.
The Croupier Button
After joining a table, you will notice that a player is seated behind a button labeled “D”. This is the dealer button. In Texas non-online poker games, players take turns being the dealer and handing out the cards, but online Texas Holdem cards are dealt automatically by software (or ‘virtual dealer’). The croupier button simply indicates the relative position of the players in each round. The button is kept rotating clockwise around the table, so everyone has the opportunity to be the dealer at some point in the game.
Before the cards are dealt, the player sitting to the left of the croupier places the ‘small blind’ and the player sitting directly to the left of it, places the ‘big blind’. These automatic bets ensure that there is money available to be won in every round of Texas Holdem. The small blind is equal to half the minimum stake, while the large blind is equal to the minimum stake. To continue with our example, in a $ 5 / $ 10 limit game of Texas Holdem, the small blind is $ 2.5 and the big blind is $ 5, securing a minimum $ 7.5 pot in each round.
Pocket Cards: Each player is dealt two cards face down. These cards are also known as ‘hole cards’.
1st Betting Round
When starting with the player located to the left of the big blind, each player on his turn may choose to ‘go’ or call the bet, ‘fold’ or ‘raise’ his bet. Under Texas Holdem Limit rules, you can raise only according to the minimum bets on the table (eg $ 5 in a $ 5 / $ 10 game). The order of betting advances clockwise, therefore the position of the big blind is the ‘last to speak’ during this round.
Three cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. These cards are known as ‘community cards’ that can be used by all players to build the best possible five-card hand.
2nd Round of Betting
Another round of betting takes place, only on this occasion bets start from the position of the small blind. In Texas Holdem poker parlance, this position is known as ‘under the gun’ which means that it designates the first to speak. The player who concludes this betting round is the dealer. At this point, the maximum you can raise the bet is still the minimum bet.
The Turn: The fourth community card is dealt face up.
3rd Betting Round
Stakes are increased. This round is similar to the betting terms of the second round, except that it is now allowed to raise the big bet (eg $ 10 in a $ 5 / $ 10 stake).
The River Charter: The fifth and last Community Charter is distributed, face up.
Final betting round: The fourth and final round of betting. In Texas Hold’em rules, betting rounds 3 and 4 are identical.
The last player to place a bet or raise it must show his cards for all to see in this round. Other players who are still ‘alive’ at this point should choose to show or ‘muck’ (withdraw) with their cards. ‘Muck’ means to withdraw from the round without showing the cards, automatically losing the hand. The exposed hands are compared and the player with the best five-card hand wins the pot. In the event of a tie, the pot is split between the tied hands.
The dealer button will rotate a chair to the left and the next round of Texas Holdem poker begins.