Texas Hold’em is the most popular poker game being played in casino poker rooms and online poker rooms from around the world. There are 3 types of Texas Hold’em poker:
- Limit Hold’em (There is a certain bet limit, which is applied in each game and in each round of betting)
- Pot Limit Hold’em (A player can make a maximum bet equal to the amount of the pot)
- No Limit Hold’em (A player may at any time bet all his chips in front of him. By far the most popular poker game)
Texas Hold’em poker rules are very straightforward. Before the game is started, the system/dealer generates a new deck of cards for that hand. Online poker rooms usually use a so-called random number generator (RNG) to sort and shuffle cards. Below find a detailed explanation of the different betting rounds in No Limit Texas Hold’em.
Preflop – The 1st Betting Round
The person sitting to the left of the dealer button should bring the small blind and the player sitting next to him is the big blind. For each new hand the dealer button is moved clockwise to the next player. The small blind is half of the big blind (if $10/$20 game is played, is the small blind $10). Under certain circumstances it is possible that more than one player must post the big blind. This is the case if a new player enters the game and doesn’t want to wait for the big blind to come around to them before being able to participate in the game. In Hold’em all blinds are considered live, and the player who has set a blind has the option to check, raise or fold.
After the blinds have been posted, the hole cards are dealt to each person participating in the game. After two cards are dealt to each player, the first betting round starts. The first betting round takes place starting with the player to the left of the big blind. Each player now has the opportunity to place his bet for the first round of betting. The level of betting is equal to at least the amount of the big blind. For example, the amount set for the first round of betting in a $10/$20 would be $10. You can place bets by placing itself, call a bet of another player or increase the bet by raising. Each player can, of course, also fold their hand. Subsequent players have the same betting options. After the first betting round the Flop is dealt in the center of the table, (the first 3 cards that all players can use to make the best 5 card hand). These community cards are the same for every player.
Flop – The 2nd Betting Round
After the flop and in each subsequent betting round, the first player left of the button, which is still in the game, is the first to act. The 2nd betting round is also limited in the amount of betting the lower limit, ie, the minimum bet in a $10/$20 game is the big blind ($20) and there is no maximum bet. Bets can be placed, either by itself, called the use of a preceding player, or increased. What exactly can be done of course depend on what the previous players have done. Whoever is the first player to act has the option to start betting themselves, all other players can then call or increase only if the first player has not checked. Next comes the fourth community card, called the Turn.
Turn – The 3rd Betting Round
The 3rd betting round starts with the first player left of the button, bets and raises can now be made that are at least the size of the big blind. In a $10/$20 game you can bet a minimum of $20. Bets can be placed, either by itself is, walks with the use of a previous player or increased. What exactly can be done, of course, depend on what the previous players have done. Who was the first player to act has the option to set themselves, all other players can then call or increase only if the first player has not checked. Next comes the 5th community card, called the River.
River – The 4th Betting Round
The 4th and last betting round starts with the first player left of the button, bets and raises can be made again that are at least the size of the big blind. In a $10/$20 game you can bet a minimum of $20. Bets can be placed, either by itself, sets the use of a previous player called, or increased. What exactly can be done depends, of course, again on what the previous players have done. The first player to act has the option to set the bet amount, all other players can only call or increase the bet only if the first player has not checked. At showdown, the best possible five-card poker hand using exactly two of your hole cards and three cards from the board wins the pot.