Table stakes – A new Rule for the Novice Texas Hold’em Players


The stakes on the table are to be declared before the game starts and no one should reach for any extra money while the game is on – that is the main rule of the table stakes of Poker. The stakes may start from a few dollars and change in each game.

Texas Hold’em games are played world wide and has become popular in the modern day card game. The people who want to play should know how to spread the cards on the table and what rules apply to the Table Stakes. When playing a game each player is dealt with two cards and five other cards are kept on the table with their face up. These are called community cards and the people playing use all these cards to form their best hand. The people, who play at home or casino – with Texas Hold’em cards, do use the cards with stakes that are laid on the table. Hence you cannot hide the chips with which you need to bet.

The Table stakes is a concept where you declare all that you have on the table. You might bet all the chips that are on the table as it follows ‘all in’ rule and if you loose the bet – you have to sit on the table till the game is over. The Traditional poker says each player has to call a stake in every round but for Texas Hold’em – it is not necessary. Here at least two players must need to bet before the cards are dealt. The one who sits to the left of the dealer of the cards is called small blind and to his left we find the big blind.

The rule of the Table stakes says that the small blind will put 50% of the minimum bet and big blind puts in the full amount of minimum bet. The dealers change at each hand and hence the blinds will also change at every game and all the players will deal once and will become a big or small blind once and the bet amount also gets increased. The game which may start with $10 may end up with $500 after a few hours. The game starts with bets from the person to the left side of the one with big blind.

The Table stakes of the poker game has to be followed with some other simple rules so as to be in the game. One very important rule for you is that you must never take the cards off the table and many casinos have the rules never to pick up the cards even and if you do such thing unknowingly – you give out your place as a novice player for the others to beat very soon. Hence do not expose yourself and your weakness but strengthen yourself by following all the nuances on the table.

The players do not speak much or verbalize their mind but there are different signs and symbols. For example if you want to raise the Table stakes or call, they do set the chips out and say the amount if necessary. They do return their cards to the dealer without seeing them – if they want to fold and if they want to check they tap on the table and the single hand tap is enough to read the player. If the player wants to look at the cards on the table – they cup their hands and then peek through the corner and that’s enough to see and hide the cards.