Poker Rules - Texas Hold'em Rules
Texas Hold'em is arguably the most popular form of poker. It is widely considered
to have the most strategy of all poker games, yet the rules are quite simple. Here
is how a hand of Texas Hold'em is played:
Hole Cards: Each player is dealt two cards face down.
The Flop: Three cards are dealt face up on the table.
The Turn: A fourth card is dealt to the table.
The River: Finally, a fifth card is dealt to the table.
The five cards on the table are community cards. Your hand is formed by taking
the best poker hand you can by using any five out of the seven cards (5
community + 2 hole cards). But remember, all the players have access to the
community cards. When played for money, there is a round of betting after a
round of cards is dealt (so four rounds of betting in total).
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In this example, you have a flush, because you can use the three
clubs on the board with the two in your hand.
In this example, you have a King pair with Queen Kicker. The
kicker is very important, because you would beat a player
holding KJ or K5, but you would lose to a player with AK.
In this example, you have a straight to the king, by using all the
community cards and none of your hole cards. But just
remember, everyone else has a straight too. How could you win
the entire pot in this situation, instead of splitting it? You might
bet and pretend you have an ace. However, if someone else
really does have the Ace, you would be raised and put into an
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