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Texas Hold'Em Rules

Texas Hold 'em (or simply, "Hold 'em" as many people call it) is the most popular poker game in the casinos and card rooms of North America and Europe. Each player is dealt two cards (also known as "hole cards") which belong to that player only. Five community cards are dealt face-up on the "board". All players may use these cards in conjunction with their own hole cards to make the best five-card poker hand possible. In Hold 'em, a disc also known as "the button", serves to indicate which player is the nominal dealer for the current game. Before the game begins the player to the left of the button posts the "small blind", which is typically half a small bet (e.g. $1 in a $2/$4 game). The player to the left of the small blind posts the "big blind", which is always a full small bet (e.g. $2 in a $2/$4 game). Now that each player has received their two hole cards, betting can begin around the table, starting with the player to the left of the big blind. This round of the game is known as the “pre-flop”.

The first three community cards available to all active players are then dealt after all bets have been placed in the pre-flop. Betting can now begin with the active player to the left of the button. All bets and raises occur in small bets (e.g. increments of $2 in a $2/$4 game). This round of the game is known as the “flop”.

When the betting action is completed for the flop round, the fourth community card in the Hold 'em game is dealt face-up on the board. Betting can then begin with the active player to the left of the button. In this round, betting doubles from the small bet to the big bet is common. In a $2/$4 game, betting is done in $4 increments. This round of the game is known as the “turn“.

When betting action is completed for the turn round, the fifth and final community card in the Hold 'em game is dealt face-up on the board. Betting now begins with the active player to the left of the button. This round is known as the “river” and is also the final betting round.

If there is more than one remaining player when the final betting round is complete, the last bettor or raiser shows his or her cards. If there were no bets on the final round, the player to the left of the button shows his or her cards first. The player with the best five-card hand wins the pot. In the event of a tie, the pot will be equally divided between the players with the best hands.

After the pot is awarded, a new game of texas holdem is ready to begin. The button now moves clockwise to the next player.

 
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