Texas Hold’em Poker Rules
Rules and Description
Sit Down Up to 10 players and one dealer are seated around a table.
Dealer Button In front of one of the players is a round disk or button. This dealer button determines the order of betting (explained later), and moves to the left one player at a time, after each hand.
Post Blinds Prior to the cards being dealt at the beginning of each hand, the two players directly to the left of the dealer button must post Blinds. To post a blind is to place a bet before receiving cards. The player to the immediate left of the dealer button posts the small blind, equal to half of the minimum bet (e.g. $5 for a $10-$20 game). The player to the left of the small blind posts the “big blind,” equal to the amount of the minimum bet (e.g. $10 for a $10-$20 game).
Pocket Cards. Once blinds have been posted the first round of cards are dealt. These consist of two cards face down given to each player, and are called the “pocket” cards. Players see only their own pocket cards. Now the first round of betting takes place, beginning with the player immediately to the left of the big blind and continuing clockwise around the table.
Betting Bet amounts are fixed by the table stakes. For example, in a $3/$6 table, bets are $3 in the first two rounds and $6 in the last two. The bet amount can climb a maximum of 3 times in each round. In other words, there can be one bet and three raises in each round.
The Flop Cards Next three cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. These cards are called the “Flop”. All three cards are “community” cards and can be used by all the players at the table to make up their hand.
After the flop is dealt a second round of betting takes place – again, beginning with the player immediately to the left of the dealer button. (All subsequent rounds of betting begin with the player to left of the dealer button).
The Turn Card Following this, a fourth “community” card is dealt face up in the middle of the table. This card is called the “Turn”, and can also be used by all players to make up their hand. This is followed by a third round of betting.
The River Card Finally, a fifth and final “community” card is dealt face up in the middle of the table. It is called the “River” and is followed by a fourth and final round of betting.
Showdown once all betting is complete players determine the best five-card hand they have using any combination of their “pocket” cards and the “community” cards. The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot.
Start again! After a hand is completed and the pot taken by the winner, the dealer button moves one player to the left, and the next hand begins.