Amongst community poker games, Texas Hold’em is the most popular game. The no-limit form of Texas hold’em is used in the final event of the World Series of Poker, widely recognized as the world championship.
Texas Hold’em (or Hold’em) can be played with as few as two players but normally it’s played on a ten-person poker table. Hold’em uses a disc called dealer button that moves clockwise from player to player with each hand to indicate which player is the dealer. This is important as the blinds and the betting action are to the left of the dealer.
The game starts with the two players to the left of the dealer putting a predetermined amount of money into the pot before any cards are dealt. This is called posting blinds and ensures that there is something to play for on every hand. The player immediately to the left of the dealer puts up half the minimum bet (small blind) while the player two positions to the left of the dealer puts up the full minimum bet (big blind).
After the blinds are posted, the hole cards are dealt (i.e. starting with the dealer button, every player is dealt one card. Then a second card. Both cards face down.) and betting goes around the table, starting with the player immediately clockwise to the big blind. Each player has the option to fold, call, bet, or raise.
The dealer then burns a card and places three cards face-up in the middle of the table. This is called flop. The cards in the center of the table are community cards that each player can use to create the best possible hand. The next round of betting starts with the first player to the left of the dealer who has not folded.
The dealer burns a card and places an additional card face-up in the middle of the table. This is known as turn. The board now has four community cards. The next round of betting occurs.
The dealer burns another card and places a card in the middle of the table. This is known as river. At this stage, the board has five community cards. The next and final round of betting occurs.
Once betting is concluded, the remaining players in the hand have a showdown. Each player uses his two cards and the five community cards to create the best hand. When all five of the cards in the community make the best hand then everyone splits the pot.
The dealer button is now moved clockwise to the next player for the next hand.