Texas Hold'em is the most popular variation of Poker.
In Texas Hold'em you get two hole cards, which only you can see. Then five cards are dealt face up on the board, after each round of betting. They are called community cards that all players can use to put together the best five card poker hand that they can.
To get the best possible hand, you can use either a mix of your hole cards together with three of the community cards, one hole card with four community cards, or all five community cards.
The player who can put together the highest poker hand out of five cards wins the pot.
Before the cards are dealt, the first two players to the left of the dealer post a small and a big blind respectively to create a starting pot, this ensures that there is something to play for every round.
When the players have posted their blinds, each player is dealt two cards face down, called the hole cards. The first betting round takes place, starting with the player to the left of the big blind.
After the first betting round is finished, three cards are dealt face up on the table. They are called The Flop. Then the second betting round takes place, this starts with the first player to the left of the dealer who is still in the current hand.
After the second betting round, the fourth community card is dealt. This is called the turn. The third betting round takes place, this starts with the first player to the left of the dealer who is still in the current hand.
The fifth and final community card, called the river is now placed on the table and the hand is concluded by the fourth and final betting round, again starting with the first player to the left of the dealer who is still in the hand.
If more than one player remains in the hand after the betting, there is a showdown, where the players show their cards and the player with the best hand wins.
Game Advice for Texas Hold'em
Play good starting hands, like pairs, or high value cards like Kings, Queens and Aces. You can bet with any two cards but the highest hands win so you are more likely to win a hind with good cards.
List of Poker hands in terms of Rank:
Straight flush is a hand that contains five cards in sequence, all of the same suit such as Q♣ J♣ 10♣ 9♣ 8♣. Two such hands are compared by their card that is ranked highest.
Four of a kind
Four of a kind, also known as quads, is a poker hand such as 9♣ 9♠ 9♦ 9♥ J♥, that contains four cards of one rank and an unmatched card of another rank.
A full house, also known as a full boat, is a hand such as 3♣ 3♠ 3♦ 6♣ 6♥, that contains three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another rank.
Flush is a poker hand such as Q♣ 10♣ 7♣ 6♣ 4♣, where all five cards are of the same suit.
A straight is a poker hand such as Q♣ J♠ 10♠ 9♥ 8♥, that contains five cards of sequential rank.
Three of a kind
Three of a kind, also called trips or a set, is a poker hand such as 2♦ 2♠ 2♣ K♠ 6♥ that contains three cards of the same rank, plus two unmatched cards.
A poker hand such as J♥ J♣ 4♣ 4♠ 9♥, that contains two cards of the same rank, plus two cards of another rank (that match each other but not the first pair), plus one unmatched card, is called two pair.
One pair is a poker hand such as 4♥ 4♠ K♠ 10♦ 5♠, that contains two cards of the same rank, plus three other unmatched cards. Higher ranking pairs defeat lower ranking pairs; if two hands have the same pair, the non-paired cards (the kickers) are compared in descending order to determine the winner.
A high-card or no-pair hand is a poker hand such as K♥ J♣ 8♣ 7♦ 3♠, in which no two cards have the same rank, the five cards are not in sequence, and the five cards are not all the same suit. Essentially, no hand is made, and the only thing of any potential meaning in the player's hand is their highest card. Nevertheless, they sometimes win a pot if the other players fold or even at a showdown. Two high-card hands are ranked by comparing the highest ranking card. If those are equal, then the next highest ranking card from each hand is compared, and so on until a difference is found.
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