Texas Hold ‘Em Basics


How To Play Texas Hold ‘Em

Texas Holdem is a simple game in design, but complex in it’s details. Texas Holdem Basics

The image below represents the basic Texas Holdem hand, dealt all the way to the river. Each player at the table is dealt two hole cards, then the flop is dealt, then the turn, then the river. There are also rounds of betting that occur between each. For a detailed explanation, view the basic hand below.

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The Basic Hand

1. Each player is dealt two cards face down (players hole cards).

2. A round of betting occurs.

3. 3 cards are turned face up in the middle of the table. This is called the ‘Flop’. Your two down cards with the 3 cards on the Flop make up your 5 card hand.

4. Another round of betting occurs

5. A 4th card is dealt face up. This is called the ‘Turn’. Now you have 6 cards with which to make your hand.

6. A round of betting occurs.

7. A 5th card is dealt face up. This is called the ‘River’. You use the 5 community cards along with your 2 private cards to make your best 5 card hand.

8. The final round of betting occurs.

9. After all betting has been finalized the player with the best 5 card poker hand rakes the pot. See detailed example below.

Sounds pretty simple and straightforward, but don’t let looks deceive you. Texas Hold-Em is a game of skill, and once you get a few hours under your belt you’ll realize you’ve got a whole lot to learn. We certainly do.

Let’s take a closer look

Example – here is an example of a final board of a Texas Hold Em hand.

These 5 cards are the community cards, and everyone at the table shares them. Your job is to determine how strong your hand is compared to everyone else that is still in the game. In this situation, the ‘nuts’ would be K, 10 – which makes an Ace high straight.

Looks pretty straightforward…and it is, but you might be surprised at the twists this game can take. Click here for quick refresher on poker hand rankings. The next step is to learn how the betting works.

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Thanks and we’ll see you at the tables!