Texas hold’ em poker is probably the most popular poker games and, if you are starting out with online poker, it is likely to be the game you play. In fact, it is the game used on the World Series of Poker and World Poker tour.
The game consists of two cards, which are then dealt face down to each player, and five community cards, which are dealt into the middle and dealt face up. These are dealt first as a series of three (the flop) then an additional two are dealt one by one (the turn and river respectively, or they are sometimes known as the fourth and fifth street).
The aim of the game is to have the best five card hand using the two cards you are dealt and the five community cards. The players then compete for the chips bet by the players on the table, the pot.
After each deal the players have the option to check, bet, raise or fold, so betting may happen prior to the flop, “on the flop”, “on the turn”, and “on the river”. Find all the latest casino game on betfair.com and all the biggest and best bonuses.
The game is divided into a series of hands, or deals, and at the end of each hand the pot is usually awarded to one player, although there is an exception when the pot is split between more than one player. If more than one player has the best hand then the pot is split equally between them and any extra chips go to the first player after the button in clockwise order.
In terms of betting Texas hold’ em is usually played using two types of bet “ a big blind and a small blind which are forced bets by two players. The blinds rotate around the board so they are in different positions each hand.
Play will begin when the dealer deals the players two cards and the first card is dealt to the person in the small blind position. There will then be a pre-flop betting round, with the player to the left of the big blind starting the betting and then continuing clockwise round the table. The betting will continue until all the players have folded but all their chips in or matched the bet on the table.