The Basics of Texas Hold'em

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The Basics of Texas Hold'em

Post by Vamp » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:36 pm

The Shuffle, The Deal and The Blinds
The dealer shuffles a standard 52-card deck.

Most Texas Hold 'Em Poker games start with the two players to the left of the dealer (the button) putting a predetermined amount of money into the pot before any cards are dealt, ensuring that there's something to play for on every hand. This is called "posting the blinds." Most often, the "first blind" -- the player to the left of the dealer -- puts up half the minimum bet, and the "second blind" puts up the full minimum bet.

Each player is dealt two cards, face down. These are known as the "hole cards."


Betting Begins
A round of betting takes place, beginning with the player to the left of the two who posted the blinds. Players can call, raise, or fold when it's their turn to bet.


The Flop
After the first betting round, the dealer discards the top card of the deck. This is called burning the card and is done to ensure that no one accidentally saw the top card, and to help prevent cheating.

The dealer then flips the next three cards face up on the table. These cards are called the "flop."

NOTE: Eventually, a total of five community cards will be placed face up on the table. Players can use any combination of the community cards and their own two hole cards to form the best possible five-card Poker hand.

After the flop, another round of betting takes place, beginning with the player to the left of the dealer (the button). During this and all future rounds of betting, players can check, call, raise, or fold when it's their turn to bet.


Fourth Street (Turn)
The dealer burns another card and plays one more face up onto the table. This, the fourth community card, is called the "turn" or "Fourth Street."

The player to the left of the dealer (the button) begins the third round of betting.


Fifth Street (River)
The dealer burns another card before placing the final face-up card on the table. This card is called the "river" or "Fifth Street."

Final Betting and The Winner

Players can now use any combination of seven cards -- the five community cards and the two hole cards known only to them -- to form the best possible five-card Poker hand.

The fourth and final round of betting starts with the player to the left of the dealer (the button).

After the final betting round, all players who remain in the game reveal their hands. The player who made the initial bet or the player who made the last raise shows their hand first.

The player with the best hand wins.


Final Betting and The Winner
Players can now use any combination of seven cards -- the five community cards and the two hole cards known only to them -- to form the best possible five-card Poker hand.

The fourth and final round of betting starts with the player to the left of the dealer (the button).

After the final betting round, all players who remain in the game reveal their hands. The player who made the initial bet or the player who made the last raise shows their hand first.

The player with the best hand wins.


Poker Hand Rankings - Strongest to Weakest

Royal Flush This is the best possible hand in standard five-card Poker. Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all of the same suit.

Straight Flush Any five-card sequence in the same suit (e.g.: 8, 9, 10, Jack and Queen of clubs; or 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of diamonds).

Four of a Kind All four cards of the same value (e.g.: 8, 8, 8, 8; or Queen, Queen, Queen, Queen).

Full House Three of a kind combined with a pair (e.g.: 10, 10, 10 with 6, 6; or King, King, King with 5, 5).

Flush Any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence (e.g.: 4, 5, 7, 10 and King of spades).

Straight Five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit (e.g.: 7 of clubs, 8 of clubs, 9 of diamonds, 10 of spades and Jack of diamonds).

Three of a Kind Three cards of the same value (e.g.: 3, 3, 3; or Jack, Jack, Jack).

Two Pair Two separate pairs (e.g.: 2, 2, Queen, Queen).

Pair Two cards of the same value (e.g.: 7, 7).

High Card If a Poker hand contains none of the above combinations, it's valued by the highest card in it.



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Re: The Basics of Texas Hold'em

Post by STARR » Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:25 pm

Vamp I have a question about Texas Hold'em-
I tried playing and was completely lost :)
Why do people go "all in" when they only have the 2 cards dealt in the beginning?
You seem to be the expert-can you give me a tip on this :?:

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Re: The Basics of Texas Hold'em

Post by Zelda » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:14 pm

debbiek22 wrote:Vamp I have a question about Texas Hold'em-
I tried playing and was completely lost :)
Why do people go "all in" when they only have the 2 cards dealt in the beginning?
You seem to be the expert-can you give me a tip on this :?:
Free games like on Double Down work different but usually if someone initiates an all in pre-flop they could be short stacked and have high pocket cards like AA,KK,AK,QQ,JJ or 10,10 Normally I would not initiate an all in unless someone else did but I would at least raise it to an amount where mid pairs and people chasing mid flush or mid straight would fold increasing my odds of winning. If I was short stacked I would go all in if I was last to bet because I might be lucky and steal all the bets already on the table.

Table positioning is important too. First to bet I usually just call or check. Last to bet you have more control as you have already seen other peoples moves

There is a lot to hold'em

Lower blind tables you see strange all ins for no reasons. but the higher the blinds the more realistic the players are. Vamp is not around so I am answering on his behalf

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Re: The Basics of Texas Hold'em

Post by STARR » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:09 pm

Thanks Zelda; you sound like you know what you're talking about!
I tried playing at the lower tables, one more question please-what's a short stack?
Told ya I didn't know too much-hahaha :lol:

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Re: The Basics of Texas Hold'em

Post by Zelda » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:57 pm

debbiek22 wrote:Thanks Zelda; you sound like you know what you're talking about!
I tried playing at the lower tables, one more question please-what's a short stack?
Told ya I didn't know too much-hahaha :lol:
The player with the fewest chips remaining at a particular table

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Re: The Basics of Texas Hold'em

Post by STARR » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:49 pm

That's easy to answer; most of the time it's me!!
Thanks hon!!

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Re: The Basics of Texas Hold'em

Post by CharlesMartin123 » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:51 pm

I think The Basics. Texas Hold'Em is all about chips. You start with some chips and your goal is to take your opponents chips. This is a crucial thing to remember!

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