Texas Hold’em Poker Table Hire

Texas holdem is a very easy game to learn and you’ll get a hang of the basics in five minutes. And that’s when the fun starts. To play Texas holdem is a constant learning process – it doesn’t matter if you’ve played the game a week or years – you can always learn new things. This is what makes the game so fascinating.

Texas holdem is a community card game, which means that some of the cards are shared among all players. Each player gets two cards that are combined with a total of five community cards. The object is to create the best possible five card poker hand.

The Deal

The two players situated to the left of the dealer posts the small and the big blind (forced bets). Each player is dealt two cards (hole cards) face down. This is followed by the first betting round which starts with the player to the left of the big blind.

Betting rounds

In a betting round a player can choose to call (match a previous bet), raise (increase a previous bet), check (it’s like calling a bet of zero and can only be done if no one has opened the betting yet) or fold. A betting round is over when all remaining players have contributed an equal amount to the pot.

Flop, turn, river

The first round of betting is followed by the flop – three community cards are placed face up on the board, This is followed by a second betting round. It starts with the first player to the left of the dealer who can choose to either check, bet (or fold). The betting round is over when all remaining players have contributed an equal amount to the pot.

Then a fourth card, the turn is placed face up on the board, followed by another round of betting. Then the fifth and final card, called the river, is dealt face up, followed by a last betting round and the showdown.

Showdown

The player that placed the last bet shows the cards first and the rest of the hands are showed clockwise. A player can choose to use one, two or none (play the board) of his/her hole cards and combine them with the five community cards on the board. The object in Texas holdem is to make the best possible five card poker hand. The player with the best hand wins the pot and if two or more players have the same five card hand the pot is split. (Suits don’t count.) After the showdown the dealer button is moved clockwise and a new hand is dealt.

These are the basics of Texas holdem and they can be learnt in a few minutes. All you need now is to read up on some basic strategy and you’ll be ready to play.

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