Texas Holdem also called Texas Hold’em is a popular standard variant of poker. Texas Holdem is popularly played in many real and online casinos. It is also the form of poker played during the ESPN World Poker Series and at other recognized poker tournaments.
Playing Texas Holdem is quite easy if you know and understand the rules. It starts with the Deal and the Blinds. The dealer shuffles the deck of cards (standard 52-deck of cards) and then deals. In a standard casino, the dealer doesn’t play in the game. The dealer only deals and the players get to be dealers moving in a clockwise direction.
In most Texas Holdem games, the two players to the left of the dealer would first place an amount of money in the game pot before the cards are even dealt, even in the mobile era, where people use to play mobile games. This ensures that there is always money to be played for at each hand. Setting the money in the pot is known as posting the blinds and it is done before the cards are dealt. The usual practice of posting the blind involves the first player to the left of the dealer posting half the minimum bet amount and the second player putting up the full bet amount.
Once the blinds have been posted, the dealer deals two cards to each player. The two cards are called the “hole cards.” Once the hole cards have been dealt, the actual betting can begin starting from the player just to the left of the two players that posted blinds. Each player has the right to call, or raise or even fold when it gets to their turn to place a bet.
After the first round of betting, the dealer removes the top card or burns the card as it is called and then deals the next three cards on the table, face up. This move is known as the flop. After the flop, another round of betting or calling, raising or folding takes place with the players taking turns.
The dealer then burns another top card and drops a fourth card faced up on the table. This card is called the “fourth street” or the “turn.” After this another round of betting takes place, before another top card is burned by the dealer and the fifth and final card is placed face up on the table. The fifth card is called the river.
After the river card has been placed, final round of betting takes place and then the players can combine their two hold cards with any five open cards on the table to form their best possible poker hand.