Texas Hold'em Basics
The Basics of Texas Hold'em
- Texas Hold=em is played with a full deck (52 cards).
- It can be played with from 2-12 players.
- The player with the best five card combination wins, (Two hold cards and five community cards).
- The first two players to the left of the dealer are required to place an initial bet, called the "BLINDS".
- The first player to the left of the dealer is the Small blind, 2 the minimum bet required.
- The second player is the Big Blind required to make at least the minimum bet.
- Game starts when dealer gives each player two cards.
- First round of betting begins with the player to the left of the Big Blind.
- The dealer then burns one card (discard the top card on the deck) and then deals the next three cards face up, called the flop.
- Second round of betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer, Players may check, bet or raise.
- After betting concludes the dealer burns another card and turns over one more community card, referred to as the Turn.
- Third round of betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer, players may check, bet or raise.
- After the betting concludes the dealer burns another card and turns over one more community card, referred to as the River.
- Final round of betting.
- The winner is the one with the best five cards.
- The deal is then passed to the left and another round of play begins.
Hand Rankings in Texas Hold'em
ROYAL FLUSH: An Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten in the same suit. Two or more straight flushes split the pot.
STRAIGHT FLUSH: Five cards in sequence of the same suit. Highest rank at the top of the sequence wins.
FOUR OF A KIND: Four cards of the same rank.
FULL HOUSE: Three cards of the same rank with a pair. Highest three matching cards win the pot.
FLUSH: Five cards of the same suit. Player holding the highest rank cards wins.
STRAIGHT: Five cards in sequence. Highest rank card at top of sequence wins.
THREE OF A KIND: Three cards of the same rank. Highest ranking three wins.
TWO PAIR: Two cards of matching rank, with two cards of matching rank. Highest pair wins.
ONE PAIR: Two cards of matching rank. Highest pair wins
HIGHEST CARD: Highest card wins, if necessary second-highest, third-highest, ect.