How To Play Texas Hold'em Poker

In this Texas hold'em poker tutorial we cover the basics of how to play Texas hold'em poker, which is quite a simple game to learn but a very skillful game to master.

First of all you require a minimum of two players to play Texas hold'em poker, a two player game is known as a heads up game (one on one), most Texas holdem ring games (cash games) or tournaments are played with up to ten players on any one table. When a player is knocked out of a cash game he can re-buy back in if he has sufficient funds, When a player or players is knocked out of a poker tournament the table No's are reduced as the tournament progresses until the final table is reached and only ten players remain.

The Dealer

First of all a dealer is required, When playing a home game the dealer is decided by each player receiving a card face up, the highest card or in some cases first jack decides who will deal first.

1. The first dealer receives the dealer button and passes it on to the next player to his left at the completion of each hand played.

2. The dealer is responsible for shuffling the cards prior to the start of each hand on doing so he then offers the player to his right the deck to be cut.

3. The dealer then deals 2 cards face down to each player beginning with the player to his left, the deck is then placed face down on the table so no player can see the bottom card of the deck, all players can now look at there whole cards.

4. The dealer is responsible for sorting out every bet placed during his turn dealing the poker hand, No other players should inter fear with this process.



The Small Blind


The small blind is always the first player left of the dealer and is the first player not to bet but to place a small amount in to the pot in order to start the kitty off.

5. The player left of the dealer is given the small blind button prior to the start of each hand played. The small blind player must begin the pot with a small blind amount decided prior to the start of the game, so if each player started with $81,000 worth of chips as shown here.

5 x $10,000 5 x $5,000 5 x $1,000 5 x $100

Then the small blind would probably be just a $100 chip, In a most games the blind structure of the game doubles when a player is eliminated or a set time is used like every 15 minutes, this process is mostly used in tournaments, when playing Internet ring games the blinds remain the same for the entire time, you simply decide what blind structure table you want to play at according to your chip stack, players should determine this prior to the start of the game in home games or pub games e.c.t.


The Big Blind


The big blind is the player left of the small blind and is given the big blind button once the previous hand is completed.

6. The big blind player places double the amount of the small blind player in to the pot prior to the start of the hand. so if the small blind is $100 then big blind will be $200.

The big blind button moves continually round to the small blind players left at the completion of each hand.

Once the small and big blinds have been placed the dealer must deal each player two cards starting with the player to his left moving in a clockwise direction one card at a time until each player has two whole cards.


The First player to bet or check


The first player to bet is the player left of the big blind and finishes the round of betting at the big blind players position if no players place a bet, If how ever a player does place a bet then the player to the right of that player will be the last player in the betting round, this is also the case for the second and final round of betting (maximum three rounds of betting only).


7. Once the small and big blind players have placed the starting anti for the round of poker, The first player that's starts a round of betting is the player left of the big blind, he or she can choose to check, bet or fold there hand ( check = place no bet and pass the opportunity to the next player to check, bet or fold and so on). If a player chooses to bet then all other players must either match the bet to stay in the hand or re-raise the bet or fold the there hand. All players must have placed the same amount in to the pot in order for the flop to be revealed by the dealer, the small blind player would match the bet minus the small blind he or she placed in the pot at the start of the hand making the bet equal to the previous players wager, the same for the big blind player. If players remaining in the hand continue to re re-raise prior to the flop they may only do so for up to three rounds of betting at which point no player can re-raise and all players must have the equal amount in the pot at the end of a betting round.


The Flop The Turn and The River


8. The remaining players from the pre flop betting round or rounds then see the flop, the dealer burns one card from the top of the deck (discards a card to the bottom of the deck or other players dead hands pile) and then turns over the following three cards, these cards are known as the flop. Once the flop is dealt the first player to choose to check bet or fold is the player left of the big blind, betting continues from this point in the same way as described above. Once all players have checked or folded or placed the same amount in the kitty for the round or two or three rounds of betting the dealer will burn another card and turn over the final card called the river card, once again the first round of betting ensues with the first player left of the big blind to choose to check bet or fold until all players have placed an equal betting round amount within the maximum three rounds.