Texas Holdem

Texas hold 'em also known as hold'em/holdem is a modification of the modular card game of poker. It was named after the U.S State of Texas. Holdem is one of the most popular forms of poker. In fact its popularity flowed in the 2000s due to exposure on television, the Internet and popular literature.

How To Play Texas Holdem

Holdem game starts with each player being traded two cards face down, with the player in the small blind receiving the first card and the player in the button seat receiving the last card dealt. These cards are the player's hole or pocket cards. These are the only cards each player will receive individually, and they will only be unconcealed at the showdown.

The hand begins with a "pre-flop" betting round, starting with the player to the left of the big blind and moving on clockwise. A round of betting continues until every player has folded, put in all of their chips, or matched the amount put in by all other active players. If all players call around to the player in the big blind position, that player may either check or raise.

After the pre-flop betting round, assuming there remain at least two players taking part in the hand, the dealer deals a flop, three face-up community cards. The flop is followed by a second betting round. This and all later betting rounds begin with the player to the dealer's left and proceeding clockwise.

When the flop betting round ends, an individual community card is dealt, preceded by a third betting round. A final single community card is then dealt, followed by a fourth betting round and the showdown, if essential.

In all casinos, the dealer will burn a card before the flop, turn, and river. Because of this burn, players who are wagering cannot see the back of the next community card to come. This is done for traditional reasons, to avoid any outlook of a player knowing in advance the next card to be dealt due to it being marked.

Texas Holdem Tips To Success

The following is a very easy method of using simple math to objectively determining the winning hands.

Calculate the value by adding your two cards using the scale below:

Ace= 16 pts. King= 14 pts. Queen= 13 pts. Jack= 12 pts. Ten= 11 pts. all other cards are worth their face value, e.g., a two is 2 pts., a nine is 9 pts.

1. If your two cards are paired, add 10 points to the total.

2. If your two cards are both of the same suit, add four points.

3. If your cards are connected (i.e., next to each other in rank, as with a Jack and Ten, a Jack and a Queen, etc.) add three points.

4. If your cards have a one card "gap" (e.g., a Queen and a Ten, a Jack and a Nine, or an Ace and a Queen, etc.) add two points.

5. If your cards have a two-card "gap" (e.g., an Ace and a Jack, a Queen and a Nine, or a Jack and an Eight, etc.) add one point.