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Texas Holdem Poker Rules - Learn How to Play Holdem Poker

Texas Holdem online poker is a very popular game, and part of its popularity, among other reasons to play Holdem poker, comes from how easily you can learn holdem poker rules. Just follow these steps and you can start participating in your first holdem poker games. According to Texas Holdem poker rules, The goal of each player is to make the best 5 card poker hand out of :

  • The two starting cards the player gets in the start (known as hole cards or starting hands)
  • five common cards on the table that are gradually revealed throughout the rounds. (the three flop cards, the turn card and the river card)

Holdem poker rules allows you to use any combination of 5 cards from the 7 cards mentioned before to build his best hand .

Some practice rounds of Texas Holdem poker can be helpful in fully grasping the meaning of the Holdem poker rules, so after you finish reading the rules go back and practice a few holdem poker rounds.

Betting Rounds

First bet

Before any cards are dealt, two players which change each game have to wager without any knowledge which cards they will get. This is why they are called the small blind and the big blind. The small blind places a certain amount of money depending which amount was decided upon before the game, and the big blind puts twice that amount. This is part of Texas Holdem poker rules and the roles of blinds are changed each new game played.

Hole Cards Dealing

At the starting round, each player gets two cards that only he sees, and that he will eventually build his poker hand with. In online Texas Holdem this will usually be seen as the two cards near your player name. depending on the rank of these two cards and other details, the player decides whether to continue on with betting and stay in the game.

Flop Cards

During this round, Three cards are out on the table and are jointly used by all the people around the Texas Holdem table. These are thus called Community cards or Flop cards. Now the player can actually tell better whether his final hand will be worth something or not, and can also know which three cards the other players have.

At the Turn

Now a forth card is revealed, and usually at this point if one of the players has a winning hand, that player will raise the stake and add money to the pot. This round is called the turn and can be remembered because the forth card is turned. Another name used for this round is the Forth Street.

At the River

This round is when the final fifth card is revealed, after which the players will reveal their hands and the winner will be decided.

To become an expert in Texas Holdem poker, and get familliarized with all the rules, a begginner should first get to know the basic rules of holdem poker, then it is recommended to read about the strategy and technique of the game, and finally of course start playing- because practice makes perfect! More tips are available at Our Texas Holdem Tips page.


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