Texas Hold ‘em For Beginners

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When starting out in Poker, the rules are what you have to grasp first and foremost, as well as the various poker terms. Here are the basics for Texas Hold ’em, a community game where 2 or more (up to 10) players can participate.

One player is designated as the dealer, a position known as button, and it moves around clockwise after each hand. To the left of the dealer, there are two players known as the small blind and big blind. These two players are the only ones that can put money in the pot when there’s no ante in place and they have to bet a pre-determined amount. Thereafter, each player gets two hole cards (with face down).

The player to the immediate left of the big blind opens the betting (with a fold, call, or raise) once every hole card has been dealt. Every player will then bet as the turns move clockwise, each with a chance to fold, call, bet, or raise. The call amount should be equal to the highest bet. The flop (3 community cards flipped face up) is then revealed once the initial betting round is through.

The remaining player seated to the immediate left of the button will then open the second round of betting. Betting goes on clockwise in turns and each player has a chance to bet, check, call, or fold. The check is permissible when a player has no bet in front of them. The turn then comes next (revealing the fourth community card on table) when the second betting round is completed.

Again, the third round of betting starts with the immediate player to the left of the button, and once its done, the river is revealed (the fifth community card). The fourth round starts the same way, with the first player to the left of the button starting the round. When the river betting round is complete, the players go for the showdown, which has its own set of rules as well. This is a rough idea of how the game goes. Once you’ve mastered it, you’ll never turn back.

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