Beginner Rules for Texas Holdem

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Texas Holdem Poker is one of the most popular card games in the United States today. At casinos, the tables stretch out for vast expanses of the floor. Online, there are hundreds of thousands of sites dedicated to learning about, and playing, Texas Holdem. The game as we know it, according to the World Casino Directory, may have originated in Robstown, Texas, as early as the 1900s. Since then it’s taken off to be the most popular of community card poker games in the world. If you’re curious about the game or how it is played, we’ve collected some of the basic rules for you here. 

Basic Rules

For most, poker tables begin with a buy-in. This is the money that you have to put down in order to play at a table. The amount that you pay for your buy-in varies. Sometimes you can play a Texas Holdem Poker game online for free. To get into a high stakes poker table in Vegas, the buy-in can be in the thousands of dollars. 
Once the bets are in, the dealer will deal out two cards face down. Betting happens at this point, started by the person next to the dealer and then upped by the next player. During this period, you can begin blind betting. These two cards are the only cards that you’re going to be able to keep to yourself. You are free to look at them at any time unless you choose to play totally blind, that is, to play without looking at your cards at all. After the bets are all in, the dealer will perform the flop. The flop is where the dealer turns three cards face up. These cards are called ″community cards″ because they are for everyone who is playing. 
In casinos, dealers will ″burn″ a card before they turn up the community cards. Burning is the action of discarding a card between each card that’s turned up. This is to deter card counting from potential cheaters. When you play a Texas Holdem Poker game online, this step is typically skipped since it’s impossible to count digital cards for most people.
There are numerous ways to score cards. The rules of Texas Holdem Poker are the same as all poker games. Single cards are rated from 2 as the lowest and the ace as the best card. Pairs of cards are rated the same way, but a pair of 2s is better than a single ace. Triple cards and four of a kind are all better in those increments. Different combinations are better. For example, if you have two aces and three kings, that’s a full house, one of the best hands you can have. 

How Betting Works 

Typically, according to Texas Holdem, all Texas Holdem games that have betting begin with a small blind bet. This bet is called blind because it’s made after the first two cards are drawn and no one knows anyone else’s hand. The person who makes the small blind bet is directly to the dealer’s left. The next bet is called the big blind bet. In most cases, though not all, the big bet is double the small bet. Players around the table can choose then to stay, or not raise the bet, or raise the bet by anteing up. 
When you ante up you are raising the mandatory minimum bet to play at the table. If you feel like the bet is too high, you can back out, but you lose all the money that you’ve put into the pot in most cases. This is true when you play a game in person as well as when you play a Texas Holdem Poker game online. Players are free to ante up as much as they want. Once the bets of that round are completed, the dealer will turn up the community cards and another round of betting begins.  Once the betting is over, the cards are all shown and the person with the best hand wins.


+Ayodhyanath Guru holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked with various prestigious clients in the IT industry and presently working as a Software Engineer. He is a part time blogger and presently authors the Jafaloo.Com blog. Being a tech enthusiast Guru likes to surf the web and blogs about interesting technical topics like How-To guides, freewares, Tutorials, Software, Gadgets, web applications etc. Apart from blogging he likes coding in Java/J2EE and PHP.

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