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Texas Holdem Rules and How to Play

The best thing about Texas Holdem is that it an easy game to play taking only minutes to learn. The option of playing online makes the game even easier as the poker software takes care of most of the work and limits you to only correct options of play, bet sizes, and who wins the hand. You'll also easily know when its your turn to act and whether you can bet, raise, call or fold.

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Texas Hold'em limit poker game rules are as follows:

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The aim of the game is to make the best 5 card poker hand.

1. Choose a betting limit you want to play at. A $1/$2 game indicates the first 2 betting rounds (pre flop and flop) will start at $1. The last 2 betting rounds (turn and river) will start at $2.

2. A dealer button indicates the position of each player at the table, the player on the button will be the last player to act on the first round of betting. The first player to the left of the button, will be first to act and has to post a small blind, the second player to the left of the button has to post the large blind. The betting structure of the game determines the amount of the blinds. The big blind is the size of a bet from the first round of betting, so if you are playing at a $1/$2 table the big blind will be $1. The small blind is typcially half the blind, so in a $1/$2 game the small blind would be $0.50. The small blind can also be 1/3, 2/5 etc of the big blind, depending on the size of the betting limit you are playing. Blinds are posted to get the game started so theres always money in the pot to be won.

3. Each player is then dealt two cards face down by the dealer. These are known as your hole or pocket cards.

4. There is then the first round of betting known as preflop. The player to the left of the big blind is the first player to make his betting decision, call, raise or fold.

5. When the betting has gone around the table and reached the blinds, in an unraised pot the small blind has the option of calling and making up his 1/2 bet, or 1/3 bet etc to a full size bet, so in our example he can bet as little as $0.50. The big blind in an unraised pot can then check in an unraised pot or raise. If he raises the betting goes around the table again. The big blind is the last to act on the pre flop round of betting.

6. After the pre flop betting round ends the dealer deals 3 cards face up on the center of the table. (In a live game the dealer will burn a card before dealing these 3 cards, he will also burn a card on every future betting round that a card is dealt on the table) These cards are known as the flop. They are communal cards that every player can use with his 2 hole cards to make a poker hand.

7. The flop round of betting then starts. The player to the left of the dealer button is the first player to act and has the option to check or bet. Betting then goes around the table until the round of betting is complete.

8. The turn card is then dealt on the table and the turn round of betting commences. It is this round of betting that the bet size doubles, so in our example the bet size would now start at $2. So again you can use any of your 2 hole cards with 4 from the table to make the best 5 card poker hand.

9. The final river card is dealt and the last round of river betting commences again with a starting bet of $2. So now you have 5 cards on the table plus 2 hole cards of your own with which to make the best 5 card poker hand.

10. If there is more than 1 player left at the river then you have a showdown This starts with the player to the left of the last player to call a bet, the player reveals his cards and the player who has the best poker hand and therefore wins the pot. Or if hands are equal theres a split pot.

11. The dealer button is then moved to the left and the game commences again.

Once you are playing online you will find the game so easy to play.
Also note the above rules of play are set out for fixed limit holdem. There are other game variations of texas holdem for which the game is played slightly differently, no limit, pot limit and spread limit. Changes will be in the betting structure of the game. If you are a complete beginner to texas holdem then always start with limit games.

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