Texas Hold'em Basics

The Basics of Texas Hold'em
  1. Texas Hold=em is played with a full deck (52 cards).
  2. It can be played with from 2-12 players.
  3. The player with the best five card combination wins, (Two hold cards and five community cards).
  4. The first two players to the left of the dealer are required to place an initial bet, called the "BLINDS".
  5. The first player to the left of the dealer is the Small blind, 2 the minimum bet required.
  6. The second player is the Big Blind required to make at least the minimum bet.
  7. Game starts when dealer gives each player two cards.
  8. First round of betting begins with the player to the left of the Big Blind.
  9. 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.
  10. Second round of betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer, Players may check, bet or raise.
  11. After betting concludes the dealer burns another card and turns over one more community card, referred to as the Turn.
  12. Third round of betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer, players may check, bet or raise.
  13. After the betting concludes the dealer burns another card and turns over one more community card, referred to as the River.
  14. Final round of betting.
  15. The winner is the one with the best five cards.
  16. 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.