Intro
In this section you will learn how to play Texas Hold'em. Rules for all other
poker games can be found on the
Pokercasinoguide site, where you will also find all kind of information, such as
limits, rake, buyins, Party Poker Holdem etcetera.
Texas Hold'em
Texas Hold'em is known as the 'Cadillac of poker'. What makes it so special
compared to most other
poker variants is the fact that there are up to 5 community cards (cards that
all the players share) which
a player must use together with his 2 personal holecards.
For instance, if community cards are
then a player with the remaining
would have 4 aces with the best possible kicker: a king. But at
the same time a player holding
would have a royal flush. So this is what makes the game so intriguing,
you know what you have, and
looking at the community cards you can guess what the others can have, but
to know is a completely
different matter.
How the game is played
First the two players to the immediate left of the dealer post the small and
the big blind. This is done to get the
action going. Then each player is dealt two holecards face down. After looking at his cards
the player to the left
of the big blind starts acting and can either fold, call (pay the same amount as the big blind) or
raise. This
continues until all the players have had the chance to do the same.
The Dealer then turns up three cards, face up, in the center of the table (a.k.a.
the flop). These cards are called
community cards which are shared by all the players. Then the first remaining player (some
players may have
folded before the flop) to the left of the dealer starts a new round of action.
When all players have acted, the 4th community card (a.k.a. the turn) is put
on the table and another round of
betting takes place.
Then the 5th and final community card (a.k.a. the river) is dealt and the
last betting round follows.
When the last bets have been made the remaining players show their hands (the
showdown) and the player
with the best hand wins the pot. If two or more players have the same hand (for
instance, the same straight)
the pot is split equally between them.
If, at any point in the hand, somebody makes a bet and all the other players
fold, he wins the pot and does
not have to show his cards. Once each hand is concluded it starts all over again, with
the exception that the
dealer is now the player that had the small blind in the previous hand. The player that had the
big blind now
has the small blind and so forth.
As you understand by now, there are several turns of action in Texas Hold'em
 giving plenty of room for clever
maneuvering. The fact that a hand quiclky can change from bad to good, or
vice versa, is another reason why
thegame is so unpredictable and therefore so fun to play.
Betting (Structures)
General
In all structure a raise must be at least as high as the previous bet or
raise, unless a player is going Allin.
Fixed Limit
There is a limit for each table that determines the blinds and the betting.
The big blind equals the lower limit
(for example if the limit is € 5/10 the the big blind is € 5). The small
blind is usually about half the size of the
big blind. Depending on the game, the lower limit is used in the first
betting rounds and the higher limit in the
later rounds of betting. The maximum number of bets that can be made in one
betting round is 4 (bet+ 3 raises).
No Limit
In No Limit games, players are allowed to bet any amount at any time, The
only limitation is how much money
you have at the table. The minimum bet equals the size of the big blind.
Pot Limit
In Pot Limit games, players are allowed to bet any amount at any time up to
the size of the pot. The minimum
betequals the size of the big blind or the bringin.
½ Pot Limit
In Half Pot Limit games, players are allowed to bet any amount at any time up
to 50% of the size of the pot.
The minimun bet equals the size of the big blind or the bringin.
Detailed Information
Players
Up to 10 players are allowed to play in the same game. Each table has a
preset number of seats (maximum
number of players who can take part in the game at that table). Different
tables with the same game can have
different numbers of seats.
Dealer
In Texas Hold'em a marker (the 'dealer button') indicates who has the dealer
position. The botton moves
clockwisebetween the players.
Blinds
Texas Hold'em is played with two blind bets, the 'small blind' and the 'big
blind'. Before any cards are dealt
the blinds must be posted. The player to the left of the dealer posts the small blind
and the next player in
turn posts the big blind. The blinds are cinsidered as 'live' bets. If you have posted a blind you are,
when
the action gets back to you, only required to make up the difference, if any, between the blind and the
current
bet. The players in the blinds have the option to fold, call, check or raise in
turn.
Deal
Each player receives 2 cards dealt face down. These 2 cards are called the 'hole
cards'. After that, 3 community
cards are dealt face up on the board, 'the flop'. Then another community card, 'the
turn' or 'fourth street' is
dealt. Finally the last community card, 'the river' or 'fifth street', will make it
5 cards showing on the board.
Betting Order
Texas Hold'em has 4 betting rounds. The first betting round takes place after
the players have been dealt
their hole cards. In this round the player to the left of the big blind is first to act.
In the following betting
rounds, which take place after the flop, the turn, and the river (see above), the first active
player to the left
of the dealer button starts the action.
Showdown
When the last betting round is finished, after all the cards have been dealt
out, there is a showdown to
determine the winner. The best 5 card hand wins the pot. The players are allowed to use 1
or 2 of their
hole cards, but they can also 'play the board' meaning that they use all 5 cards on the board. If two or
more players show the same hand, they split the pot. If there was betting on fifth street, the player who
made the last
bet or raise must show his hand first. If there was no betting, the first remaining player
to the left of the dealer
shows his hand first.
Hand Rankings
The winning hand is always determined by the best Five card hand. Aces count
as the highest card (14)
but may be counted as 1 in a straight 5432A.
Royal Flush. AceKingQueenJackTen in the same suit. If two or more
players show Royal Flushes, the
hands are tied and the pot is split.
Straight Flush. Five consecutive cards of the same suit, where the top
card is not an Ace. Ties between
two or more Straight Flushes are broken by the highest card. If the Straight Flushes
are equal in rank,
the pot is split.
Four of a Kind. Four cards of the same rank. Ties are broken by the
highest Four of a Kind and then,
if necessary, by the highest fifth card (the 'kicker'). If all five cards are equal in
rank, the pot is split.
Full House. Three cards of one rank (Three of a Kind) and two cards of
another rank (a Pair). Ties are
broken by the highest Three of a Kind, then by the highest Pair. If all five cards are
equal in rank, the
pot is split.
Flush. Five cards of the same suit, but not in consecutive order. Ties
are broken by the highest card/s in
order. If all five cards are equal in rank, the pot is split.
Straight. Five cards in consecutive order, but not all of the same suit.
Ties are broken by the highest card.
If two or more straights are equal in rank, the pot is split.
Three of a Kind. Three cards of the same rank and two odd cards ('kickers').
Ties are broken by the
highest Three of a Kind, then by the highest kicker/s in order. If all five cards are equal
in rank, the
pot is split.
Two Pair. Two cards of the same rank, two cards of another rank and a
fifth, odd card ('kicker'). Ties are
broken by the highest Pair, then by the second Pair, then by the highest kicker. If all
five cards are equal
in rank, the pot is split.
One Pair. Two cards of the same rank and three odd cards ('kicker'). Ties
are broken by the highest Pair,
then by the highest kicker/s in order. If all five cards are equal in rank, the pot
is split.
No Pair (High Cards). Five nonconsecutive cards of different ranks and
suits. Ties are broken by the
highest card/s in order. If all five cards are equal in rank, the pot is split. If
there is an odd (25 cent)
chip in a split pot, it goes to the winner player to the left of the dealer.
Online Poker Rules updated june 1st 2006.
