Texas Holdem rules

The beginning

When you play Texas Holdem Poker, each player is dealt two cards face down - these are called "hole cards". Then there is a round of bets where you can bet or fold. This stage of the game is known as preflop, and what you should do depends on your hole cards, or starts.

When all betting has been completed three common cards will be face up in the center of the table. This is called the flop.

The flop

The flop

The middle

After this there is another round of betting, then a fourth community card - called - is dealt.

The turn

The turn

There is another round of betting then a final shared card - called a river - and a final round of betting.

The river

The river

The best Texas Holdem hands are made by using their hole cards and the five cards in the middle to get the best possible poker hand. Not sure what the best Texas Holdem Poker hands are? Visit the Poker Hand Ranking page for more information!

So, for example, if you The shared cards 9-9 and 9-9-5-2-A are four-of-a-kind. If the cards were JQK-7-2 you would only get two nines.

Sometimes the best Texas Hold Em hand is made up of the five cards on their own. If you have 10-10-10-10-A and you had 9-9 your hole cards don't play as it won't show a four-of-a-kind the higher value.

The end

There are two ways of holding a hand.

One is when the players in one hand flip their cards and the player with the best hand wins. This is known as a showdown.

The other is that someone bet that everyone else wrinkles. This is like most hands in Texas Hold'em, and that's the magic of the game - you don't always have the best hand to win.

Now let's summarize ...

Okay so let's see how a Texas Holdem poker hand works using just poker slang and see if you can.

First, she dealt her hole cards. Then there is a round of betting. Then the player will see the flop. Then there is another round of betting. You will then see a map rotating. Then another round of betting. The river map. Then another round of betting. The best hand that has five cards wins.

Texas Holdem rules

Hand rankings

If you know poker rankings

A poker hand is made up of five cards. Poker hands fall into one of several categories such as a flush, straight, or two pair. The player with the highest ranked poker hand is the winner, so it is crucial to understand the correct poker hand rankings.

In short, a hand is made up of five cards. Poker hands fall into one of several categories such as a flush, straight, or two pair. The player with the highest ranked hand is the winner.

Royal flush

Royal flush

Royal flush

A royal flush is an ace high straight flush. Example: AKQJ-10 all diamonds.

Straight flush

Straight flush

Straight flush

A straight flush is a 5 card that is all of the same suit. Example: 7-6-5-4-3 all clubs.

Four of a kind

Four of a kind

Four of a kind

Four of a kind, or quads, are four cards of the same rank. For example, four jacks.

Full house

Full house

Full house

A full house contains a set (3) of cards of one value and a few other values. For example, QQQ-2-2.

Flush

Flush

Flush

A flush consists of 5 cards, all of the same suit. For example KQ-9-6-3 all of diamonds.

Straight

Straight

Straight

Five cards with the sequential value. Any straight one contains either a 5 or a 10. Example: 7-6-5-4-3 with different colors.

Three of a kind

Three of a kind

Three of a kind

Three cards of the same value. For example, three aces.

Two couples

Two couples

Two couples

These are two cards of another value and two more cards of one value. For example, two jacks and two 8s.

Pair

Pair

Pair

A pair of two cards of the same rank. For example, two queens.

High card

High card

High card

The hand with the highest card (s) wins. If two or more players hold the highest card, a kicker comes into play (see below).

Official poker rankings: ties and table football

Poker is all about the best five card poker hand made from 7 cards (five community cards plus two hole cards of their own). This means that in the event of a tie with four of a kind, three of a kind, two pairs, a pair or high card, card, or 'kicker', comes into play to decide who wins the pot.

For example:

Player A: The best five cards

A.

A.

Player B: The best five cards

B.

B.

Player A wins the hand with the Q-kicker.

With three of a kind and a pair or high card, a second, third, or even fourth kicker could come into play to decide the pot. If the kicker can't decide an overall winner, the players are just going to have to take the pot.

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