How to Play Texas Hold Em Poker
Texas Hold Em is the most popular form of poker around. The game begins when the 2 players on the left of the dealer place their bets into the pot. This is called posting blinds.
The dealer shuffles a standard deck of cards consisting of 52 playing cards. Each player in the hand gets dealt 2 cards face down. These cards are called your Pocket or Hole cards. The players then place their bets, the amount of the bet depends on the type of game it is. Players can either raise, call or fold.
After all the players have placed their bets the dealer discards the top card (burn card) then deals the next 3 cards face up on the table, this is called the Flop. These cards can be used by all the players. They can use the 3 communal cards with their 2 pocket cards to form the best possible poker hand.
Then another round of betting starts. The dealer burns another card and deals another card face up which is called the turn card. All players can also use this card. So far players can use the 4 communal cards on the table and their 2 pocket cards to make the best possible combination.
The dealer burns another card and flips one final card face up on the table which is called the River. All players still in the hand may use all 5 communal cards on the table and their 2 pocket cards to make their final strongest poker hand. A final round of betting takes place. After the final betting round players start revealing their hands to the other players. The player who presents the best hand wins the pot. If players hands equal, they share the pot.
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