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How to Play Texas Hold’em

In this game there are seven cards that are available to each and every player. Each player will have a hand consisting of two cards which are dealt face down and a total of five cards will be dealt face up on the center of the table. Each player is able to make use of the five cards to construct his or her hand from the two that s/he has been given. A player who has the highest hand out of five cards (i.e. his or her two cards and any three cards on the table) from the rest would be the winner.

The game can be played with a maximum of 8 players or less and the opening bets or round of play is done in a clockwise manner. Each new hand makes use of a dealer button and blinds. Blind bets are known as compulsory bets that should be made by the two players left of the dealer button. The dealer button moves clockwise after every round and the last players to bet will always have an advantage and this is the main reason that the dealer button has to move to each player clockwise giving everyone a chance to bet last on a given round.

How the Play Proceeds

We will now have to look into how the play proceeds. Each player is given two cards face down and the first compulsory betting ensures. The player right next to the left of the dealer button must make a compulsory bet and this is known as a blind open or small blind at which this bet should be equal to half the amount required for the lower bet of the table. The second compulsory bet is known as a blind raise or blind open which has to be done by the next player who is seated to the left of the player who made the first compulsory betting. The second compulsory betting increases the pot size making the amount to be equal to the lower bet amount of the table. The player to the left of the blind raise would now have to make a bet equal to the bet amount and this is known as a call or s/he can make a bet of an amount equal to the size of the bet and this would be a raise or alternatively s/he may fold. Therefore each player will now have options of making their bets which are the call, raise and fold. During the proceed, if all players either made a call or a fold and no other player made a raise then the player of the blind raise has an option of making a ‘check’ or raising.

During the betting session, if there are more than two players betting there is a maximum of raises of three times that each player can make excluding the blind raise that took place as the game started.

The Flop

The flop is when the first three cards are dealt on the table face up. These cards are dealt s
Same time and made available to all players to use. The first player to the left of the dealer button will start the second betting interval. The player will have the three betting options to select from which are ‘checking’, ‘open’ and ‘fold’. Hence, each player begins to bet and they will have betting options which are ‘checking’, ‘call’, ‘raise’ and ‘fold’. The betting will continue and it will stop after all players have equalized.

The Turn

The turn is when the fourth card is dealt face up on the table. This will ensure the third betting interval and the first player to bet would be the first player left to the dealer button and the betting will stop after all players have equalized. The turn will force the upper bet amount.

The River

The river also known as the fifth street is the final card that is dealt face up on the table. The final betting interval takes place and betting stops after all players have equalized. The upper betting amount would be in force and betting commences with the first player left to the dealer button.

The Showdown

After all players have gone through all betting intervals and 2 or more players are still in the games players would now have to show their hands and a player with the highest hand wins the pot. If there is a tie, players would have to share the pot.

Summary of the Deal

  1. Players are dealt two cards each face down and the first betting interval commences
  2. Third, forth, fifth Cards are dealt face up on the table and the second betting interval commences
  3. The sixth card is dealt face up on the table and the third betting interval commences
  4. The final stage, the seventh card is dealt face up on the table and the final betting interval commences.

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