How to Play Texas Hold'em
Card games are a classic when it comes to games to enjoy with other people. Texas Hold'Em Poker is no exception to that. Texas Hold'Em is a variation of the traditional game of poker. The game is dated back to the early 1900s, in the town named Robstown, Texas. The game spread like wildfire throughout the state of Texas and was introduced to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1967 by a group of Texan gamblers. The game has been a popular substitute for the standard game of poker ever since. If you're looking to start a game or two yourself, this is the way to know how to play Texas Holdem.
To play Texas Hold'em you have to have at least two people. One person is designated as the dealer, who will begin the game.
Depending on limits and how your group of players set the bets, everyone will start to place blind bets and antes. These are called blind bets, because no one has been dealt any cards yet, therefore, blind bets will usually start out low.
After bets are placed, the dealer will then shuffle a standard 52-card deck, and then deal 2 cards face down to each player. These cards are called your pocket cards. This is where players will look at their pocket cards, getting a better idea of what possibilities they have of winning.
Then another round of bets begins with the player to the left of the blinds. This is called pre-flop betting, just like in a standard poker game, players are allowed to call, raise and fold.
After the pre-flop betting round is over, the dealer will discard the top card, called the burn card. This is done to prevent any cheating in case someone accidentally saw the top card, preventing an unfair advantage. Then, the dealer will place the next three cards face up in a row on the table, which is called the flop. These three cards are communal cards that each player can use in combination with their pockets cards to form a winning hand of poker.
The player to the left of the dealer then begins to place bets again. Once all bets are done, the dealer burns another card, and reveals another communal card. This action is called the turn.
This is where bets become increasingly significant, since players have a good idea of what kind of hand they will have. After this round of betting, the dealer will burn another card, and reveal the last communal card given, which is called the river.The players will now start another round of betting, which will be their final bets. After all betting is done, the showdown begins. This is where all the players that have not folded will reveal their hands. The player with the best hand of poker is the winner and receives the pot, which is all the bets that were placed. If there are two players with the same hand, they can split the pot or play again to determine a winner.