Texas Hold Em Rules
Beginning Texas Holdem Play
Pre-FlopBefore the dealer deals the cards, the mandatory bets must be placed. These bets are known as the big blind and small blind. The big blind is generally double the small blind. These bets are placed by specific players and each round the players required to place the bets changes. The bets are placed to ensure that even if every player but one folds, there will still be money in the pot to be won.
The dealer then deals two cards to each player – known as the hole cards. The players each have a turn to fold their hand, call the bet (match it) or raise the bet (add more money).
FlopThe dealer burns one card which means that he deals it to the side so that it is out of play. He then deals three cards into the center of the table, which become known as the flop – the first three of the five community cards. Players must each in turn, once again, decide whether to fold, call or raise their bets.
Turn (sometimes referred to as Fourth Street)The dealer burns one more card off to the side and then deals the Turn – the fourth of the five community cards. Each player has another turn to fold, call or raise their bets.
River (sometimes referred to as Fifth Street)This is potentially the last round of play in the game. The dealer burns one last card and then deals the last of the community cards – the River. Once again, each remaining player has a turn to fold, call or raise their bet. If there is only one player left at the end of this round, they win the pot.
If there are more than one player left in the game after the River round, then a showdown occurs. This means that the remaining players each show their cards and the best five card poker hand wins the game. If none of the players has a poker hand, the highest card wins. If there are two high cards of the same value, then the second high card is compared and so on until a winner is found.