Official Rules of Texas Holdem Poker
How to play Texas holdem poker? Texas Hold 'em is normally played using small and big blind bets – forced bets by two players. A dealer button is used to represent the player in the dealer position; the dealer button rotates clockwise after each hand, changing the position of the dealer and blinds. The small blind is posted by the player to the left of the dealer and is usually equal to half of the big blind. The big blind, posted by the player to the left of the small blind, is equal to the minimum bet. In tournament poker, the blind/ante structure increases periodically as the tournament progresses.
After the blinds are posted and the cards are dealt, the first round of betting begins. Players can choose to raise (increasing the bet), call ( matching the bet) or fold (declining the bet and returning the cards to the dealer). Play moves clockwise until all players have put an equal amount in the pot, or have folded. Once this is done, the first three community cards are dealt and the play moves on to the flop.
Three cards are dealt face up on the table and a new round of betting starts. A poker hand consists of 5 cards so on the flop the first winning combinations are made.
The fourth card is dealt face up and a new round of betting starts.
The fifth card is dealth face up and the final betting round commences. The river is the last chance to win the pot without showing your cards
If a player bets and all other players fold, then the remaining player is awarded the pot and is not required to show his hole cards. If two or more players remain after the final betting round, a showdown occurs. On the showdown, each player plays the best poker strategy hand they can make from the seven cards comprising his two hole cards and the five community cards. A player may use both of his own two hole cards, only one, or none at all, to form his final five-card hand. If the five community cards form the player's best hand, then the player is said to be playing the board and can only hope to split the pot, since each other player can also use the same five cards to construct the same hand. If the best hand is shared by more than one player, then the pot is split equally among them, with any extra chips going to the first players after the button in clockwise order. It is common for players to have closely-valued, but not identically ranked hands. Nevertheless, one must be careful in determining the best hand; if the hand involves fewer than five cards, (such as two pair or three of a kind), then kickers are used to settle ties. Note that the card's numerical rank is of sole importance; suit values are irrelevant in Hold'em. The last player to bet is the first player to show their hand.
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An ace-high straight flush
Five cards of the same suit ranked sequentially in order
Four cards of the same numerical value
Three cards of the same numerical rank combined with two other cards of the same numerical rank
Five cards of the same suit
Five cards ranked sequentially in order regardless of suit
Three cards of the same numerical rank
Two cards of the same numerical rank and two other cards of the same numerical rank
Two cards of the same numerical rank
The card with the higher numerical value e.g. A high