Poker Basics: How To Play Texas Hold'em Poker
They say Texas Hold'em takes five minutes to learn and a lifetime to master. We can't promise you'll ever master it but we can teach you how to play in way less than five minutes. In the latest episode of Poker Basics we run through the fundamentals of how to play Texas Hold'em. In Hold'em the game revolves around the dealer. It doesn't matter if each person is dealing, or you have a dedicated dealer like in a casino, the dealer button moves one seat to the left each hand and it determines who acts first in each betting round. Before you even deal the cards there are always mandatory bets called blinds. The player directly to the left of the dealer is known as the small blind and the player to the left of that is the big blind. It's important to know what the big blind is because it determines the minimum opening bet on each betting round. So if you're playing a cash game and the blinds are 1 and 2 dollars, the minimum you can bet on any round is 2 dollars. Next comes the deal. Each player receives two hole cards and the action begins on the player to the left of the big blind. This position is known as “ under the gun”. Action always moves clockwise around the table and players have the option of folding, calling the big blind, or raising. If more than one player is still in the hand after this round the dealer deals the flop, three of the five community cards. When you deal the flop remember to “burn” one card face down before dealing the three community cards face up in the middle of the table. Now comes another betting round with action starting on the player to the left of the dealer. Players now have the option of checking or betting. Next comes the fourth community card, known as the turn. Another round of betting follows before the dealer puts down the final community card, known as the river. A final round of betting follows the river and then comes the showdown. The highest ranked hand wins the pot.