Texas Holdem – What You Need To Know

Posted August 31, 2009 by Andrew in Articles

Poker DogWho hasn’t heard of the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tournament? These two very popular tournaments have contributed a lot to making Texas Holdem Poker become one of the most popular variations of poker in existence today. From face to face games to online gambling, Texas Holdem Poker is played all over the world, by all sorts of people.

If you are one of those people who know about Texas Holdem but have never really tried their hand at it, this post is for you. Before getting started on your Texas Holdem career, there are a few things that you ought to know to help you get a solid start. How does a game of Texas Holdem Poker go?

First two players to the right of the dealer post blinds. That is, they place a predetermined amount of money. The dealer then shuffles a deck of cards and deals out two cards (called hole or pocket cards) to each player. The deck is a standard one, with 52 cards. Players then cast in their bets, starting with the player to the left of the two players who put in the blinds. Betting structures vary in Texas Holdem but calling, folding, and raising are common to all. After a round of betting, the dealer burns a card. That is, the card on the top of the deck is discarded. He then shows the next three cards – the flop. Anyone can use these cards to complement his pocket cards to form the best hand they can. Another round of betting then ensues and then the dealer burns another card and then lays down another card – the turn. After this, more betting occurs. Before the last card is flipped on the table, the dealer burns another card. The last card is called the river and the last round of betting occurs after the river is revealed. Each player’s cards are then revealed during the showdown. The player with the best hand wins. In the case of players having equal hands, the winnings would be shared, resulting in a split pot.

These are the basics of Texas Holdem. As I already mentioned, there are different betting structures and variations on the game. However, if you master the basics of the game, you can easily adapt to different variations. The important thing is the mastery of the basics. Then again, this part is perhaps the most costly part. As in any game or sport, starting out isn’t always easy and you may have to learn from your mistakes.

A good way to start out is playing online Texas Holdem just for fun. Though real money games abound on the Internet, there are also a lot of poker rooms and poker software that allow free play. This way, you can learn without spending any of your hard earned cash. You can also make use of the numerous tools available to players to help you get an easy start. Once you have gotten the feel of the game and feel confident of playing for real, then you can create accounts online and play for real money.

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Andrew Keyes is a poker enthusiast, a writer, researcher, speaker, and consultant. You can visit to get poker articles along with winning poker tips, tested poker strategies, the latest poker news, free poker tools, cool poker resources, and more! Visit today and you can download some of the best poker bots for automating your poker play!