Texas Hold’em is nowadays the most popular type of poker game. The roots of this famous card game are lost in time, but the TV and the internet really made it famous worldwide. Special TV series featuring top poker players caught the attention of the general public that suddenly wanted to be like them.
The internet made things easier because now you can practice your poker skills right from your own PC or laptop. Major online poker rooms have satellites and qualifying tournaments for the main international poker competitions worldwide so if you have the right skills you can definitely get there.
The Texas Hold’em game has very simple rules. For starters the number of players ranges between 2 and ten players that seat at a table. Every player will take turn as “dealer” for one hand, the dealer button moving clockwise around the table.
Before the flop is dealt the first player sitting on the left side of the dealer must post the “small blind” and the next player sitting on the left will post the “big blind”. The big blind is the minimum bet required to enter the hand and see the flop and the small blind is half of that amount.
Two cards are dealt for each player and a first round of betting starts. The first to call the big blind or to bet is the player sitting left to the big blind player going around the table clockwise. After the last player (big blind) played his turn by checking, betting or calling bets, the flop is dealt. Each time a player raises the bet another round of betting takes place before continuing the game.
The flop consisting in three community cards is dealt and a new round of betting starts but this time the first player in action is the one to the dealer’s left. The betting round continues as the first one, clockwise.
When the flop round is finished one community card is dealt representing the turn card. A new betting round takes place just like the previous one and after that the last community card is dealt, the river. A last round of betting takes place and if necessary the remaining players go to showdown and the player with the best hand wins the pot. If two or more players have the same best hand, the pot is split equally among them.