How to Play Poker – Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em Overview

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Texas Hold’em is a variation of the standard card game of poker. Texas hold ‘em consists of two cards (hole cards) being dealt face down to each player and then five community cards being placed face-up by the dealer. The dealer starts with a series of three known as “the flop” and then an additional single card, “the turn” or “fourth,” and then another additional card called “the river” or “fifth street.” Players have the option to check, bet, raise or fold after each deal.

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In Texas hold ‘em, individuals compete for an amount of money or chips contributed by the players themselves (called the pot). Because the cards are dealt randomly and outside the control of the players, each player attempts to control the amount of money in the pot based either on the hand they are holding or on their prediction as to what their opponents may be holding.

The game is divided into a series of hands or deals. At the conclusion of each hand, the pot is typically awarded to one player. A hand may end at the showdown, in which case the remaining players compare their hands and the highest hand is awarded the pot. The highest hand is usually held by only one player but can be held by more in the case of a tie. The other possibility for the conclusion of a hand occurs when all but one player has folded, so the pot is awarded to the player who has not folded.

Texas Hold’Em Rules and Strategy

The objective of winning players is not to win every individual hand but to make mathematically and psychologically correct decisions regarding when and how much to bet, raise, call or fold. By making such decisions, winning poker players can maximize their expected gain on each round of betting, thereby increasing their long-term winnings.

You can can get complete instructions, rules, and play strategy with DreamQuest Games’ poker guide, Ace’s Poker Guide to Texas Hold’em available for iPad, iPhone, and Android.

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Related Poker – Texas Hold’Em Articles

Over the years we have posted quite a few articles about Texas Hold’em. Read on to learn additional tips and strategy for Texas Hold’em.