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Texas Holdem Poker Rules

Introduction

Before the television boom, Texas holdem poker was actually a dying game. Many people didn’t want to play the game and instead were more interested in other poker variations like draw and stud. With the television boom, the internet and the spectacular win of Chris Moneymaker at the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, the variant of Texas holdem has not only survived but has made a huge return in style.

One of the great things about Texas holdem poker is that just the right about of information is held back from the player to make the game really challenging as well as really exciting. In five card draw all of the cards are hidden but in Texas holdem you have some idea of what your opponent might have. This serves for more excitement which is ultimately what people love about the game itself.

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Basic Rules

The basic rules of Texas holdem works like so; each Texas holdem player is dealt two cards face down and these cards are referred to as the player’s hole cards. Once each player has had a chance to look at their cards a round of betting occurs. Once that round of betting is over three cards are put out face up on the board. These three cards are collectively referred to as the flop and are community cards that every player can use in their hand. A second round of betting commences after which a fourth card referred to as the turn or 4th street is dealt next to the flop cards. After one more betting rounds the 5th and the final card is placed up in the center of the table (the river or 5th street). After the fourth and final bets have been placed, all of the players still in the hand turn up their cards and the player that can make the best traditional poker hand from the five in the middle and their two ends up winning the pot.

Advanced Rules

There are a few advanced concepts to the game itself that players need to be aware of. Firstly, if all players except one fold during a round of betting then the game stops and the one remaining player wins the pot. Secondly, if the winning hand happens to be a hand that is possessed by more than one player at the end (much more common in this version because of the community cards) then they end up splitting the pot in equal segments divided between them.

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Variations

The major variations of Texas holdem are the different betting structures involved in the game itself. There are four major ones and they are explained briefly below:

Fixed Limit: Betting occurs in increments of a specific unit in the first two rounds and twice that unit in the last two. A typical fixed limit game would see betting in units of $2 in the first two rounds and units of $4 in the last two.

Spread Limit: Betting occurs in units anywhere across the spread of the Texas holdem game. The only restriction is that any raise must be at least the size of the largest increment bet. A typical spread limit game would see betting in units between $1 and $5.

Pot Limit: Betting can occur in any units up to the size of the pot. For example if the pot was $200 and a player wanted to raise then the maximum they would be able to raise is $200.

No Limit: The Texas Holdem Poker variant known as “the Cadillac of poker games” as it was referred to by poker legend Doyle Brunson. In this betting structure the only limiting factor to how much a person can bet is the number of chips they have in front of them!