The game of Texas Holdem is easy to learn but very hard to master. What you will need to remember is, that playing for something of value will greatly change the game, and is the true form of poker. Even if its just for candy play for something. You can find some more advanced poker lessons in the lessons section.
The basic concept of Texas Holdem is that each player receives two cards of their own, face down. They then use those two cards with five shared community cards to see who can make up the best five card hand. Leaving out any two cards from the seven (your two + community five). If you are having trouble with what the order of poker hands are, here is a hand ranking chart.
The construction of the game is built around several rounds of betting. If a player wishes to see more cards they must call other players bets. In Texas holdem, instead of every player putting in an ante every turn, two players ante for everyone. These players rotate around the table in a clockwise motion, called the Big Blind and the Small Blind. The Small Blind is always directly to the left of the Dealer and big blind left of that. If the person dealing is not changing every hand, such as in casino games, the dealer is marked by a dealer button (puck like disk) instead of the deck of cards.
Before the hand is dealt to make sure there is action in the game (money) the big blind and small blind are forced to put in their “blind” bets. Anyone who wants to play after their first two cards will be forced to call the big blind bet. Once the blinds are up the dealer deals clockwise one card at a time. The first two cards are face down and are considered each players hole cards. The first round of betting starts to the left of the big blind, because the person left of the button has already acted with a small blind bet and so has the big blind bet. Every round after will begin with the person directly to the left of the button. In limit Texas holdem you must bet and raise in increments of the big blind. If the big blind is 2 the next person can raise (2bet + 2raise) then re-raise (2bet + 2raise + 2re-raise) In no limit Texas holdem a player can bet the min of the big blind to a max of what they have for chips. Pot limit Texas holdem Can bet up to the amount of money in the pot after all bets are called.
After the first round of betting has completed, the dealer then deals three community cards in the middle of the table called the ” Flop “. Any player can use any combination of their cards and the community cards to make the best 5 card poker hand. After the flop is dealt the player left of the dealer starts the action with either a check or a bet. There is no need to fold because nobody has bet yet. If all players check move on to the next round.
The ” Turn Card ” is the fourth card on the flop. After this card is dealt the third round of betting takes place. In Limit Texas holdem this round of betting is twice the first two rounds. If the big blind is 2 then the turn bet would be min of 4.
The final round is called the ” River Card ” or fifth card on the flop. The last round of betting takes place and if the hand is called the last bettor then shows their hand first. Anyone who can beat their hand shows their hand next.
Limit Texas Holdem Rules
The blinds in limit Texas holdem are to determine the size of the game. Limit Texas holdem is also considered “structured” hold’em because the amount you can bet is structured through out the hand. The Texas Holdem betting rules stay the same all game. The small blind is usually half the size of the large blind. The first two rounds of betting are in increments of the large blind and the second two rounds are in increments of twice the big blind. Limit Texas holdem is designed to limit the amount a player can lose on any one hand and is a much more stable game for the beginner player.
No Limit Texas Holdem Rules
The structure of No Limit Texas Holdem is the same as all other forms of Texas holdem and are explained above in the Texas Holdem Rules section. Only the amount you are allow to bet changes, but drastically changes the strategy of the game.
The blinds in No Limit will vary with the limit you are playing. Although you can bet any value you wish at any time, the blinds start the pot out larger and force more action the larger they are. In No limit Texas Holdem the small blind is not always half the size of the big blind.
The minimum you are allowed to bet is equal to the value of the big blind or the value of the last bet during the round. If you wish to raise the minimum is the value of the previous bet. If the last bet was 600 you can not raise another 300 unless you are all in (out of chips). The raise must be another 600 or more up to a total of 1200 or more.
Pot Limit Texas Holdem Rules
The structure of Pot Limit Texas Holdem is the same as all other forms of Texas holdem and are explained above in the Texas Holdem Rules section. Only the amount you are allow to bet changes, but drastically changes the strategy of the game.
A Player can bet up to the value of all the money in the pot. This is the amount of all the money on the table already plus the amount you need to call. If there is a $5 bet by one player and a $10 raise by a second and you want to raise both players the value of the pot, it would be counted like this; $5bet + $5call + $10raise + $15you need to call = pot of $35. You would be able to raise 35 but need to put in a total of $50 ($15+$35).
In Pot Limit Holdem the position you play hands will change the strength of each hand. Read more about this in the poker lessons section.
There is a chart of all the Texas Holdem hands that you should play. It gives beginner holdem players a idea of what a good hand is and helps players avoid costly mistakes