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There are many variations of poker, more or less practiced according to times and continents. Most of them belong to one of the following families:

Hold’ems are played with an array of community cards (usually five); we can cite Texas Hold’Em and Omaha, but also Courchevel, Double Hold’Em, Omaha 5.

Studs are played with certain open cards (visible to everyone), and others closed (out of sight of others); these include 7-Card Stud and Razz.

Closed pokers are draw games where all the cards are dealt closed (hence the name “closed poker”). For example, the ancestral 5-card Draw by Maverick, but also the Deuce to Seven Triple Draw and the Badugi.

Some betting systems are more suited to the variants of a certain family, but each is master at home.

If you are looking for the Texas Holdem Rules, you have come to the right place.

Texas Holdem Poker is a game based on community cards that can be played by 2 to 10 people. To win in Texas Holdem Poker you must form the best possible combination of 5 cards.

The person who starts handing out the cards to all the players is called the dealer and it is determined based on who has drawn the highest card from the deck (before the game starts).

The first two players to the left of the dealer contribute a small blind and a large one (for example, 1 and 2 cents). This serves to give dynamism to the game and that people simply do not wait to receive As-As (the best initial hand of Texas Holdem).

Once the small and big blinds are deposited, the dealer begins to deliver cards clockwise, until all players have received 2 sealed cards.

From there, the first round of Texas Holdem betting officially begins (it is known as Pre-Flop). The first player to the left of the big blind (there are 2 players will be the small blind and with 3 players, the dealer) is the first to act and will have 3 options. You can withdraw, match or upload:

Withdraw: You throw your two cards (your hand) without investing money in the pot.
Match: You stay in your hand by matching (paying) the big blind’s bet.
Up: You can increase the money invested in the hand by adding more chips to the pot (the minimum amount of a preflop raise is always equivalent to the big blind).

Once all have made their decisions and the first round of betting has been completed, the dealer discovers the Flop. The flop consists of 3 random cards dealt from the top of the deck (they were not previously distributed to the players).

The flop represents the second round of betting. The first player to the left of the dealer is the first to act (keep in mind that if the small blind is still in play, the player who occupies that position will always be the first to act in the remaining rounds of bets).

Once again, players who are still in the game will have 3 options: they can fold, pass or bet (see how the raise is now called a bet) In the first round of betting the small and big blinds represent bets that can be raised by other players).

After all bets on the flop are completed, the dealer discovers the fourth card, which is called The Turn. This card starts the third betting round. Once again, the player to the left of the dealer starts the action, either retiring, passing or betting. This procedure continues until all players have made their respective decisions of the third round of betting.

After the turn with the corresponding betting round is over, the dealer discovers a fifth card which is the last card in Texas Holdem, known as the River. This is the fourth and final betting round. Again, players who are still participants have the option of retiring, passing or betting for the last time.

Once all the bets have been finalized, the remaining players reveal their corresponding 2 hole cards starting with the player to the left of the dealer. All players share the 5 cards that are on the table (community cards or also known as table cards), but can make higher combinations by using one or both cards of their 2 cards (together with 4 or 3 cards of the table, respectively).

The player who forms the largest combination of 5 cards will win all the chips of the pot that were accumulated through the different rounds of bets.

Those are the basic rules of Texas Holdem poker.

During a poker game, players are sitting around the table with certain amount of their chips. One player (or the dealer) will deal the cards to each player in turn while the game moves in a clockwise rotation. If the game has forced bets involved (blinds or antes), then the first two to the left of the dealer are placing big blind and small blind (forced bets). The third player to the dealer’s left starts the game with betting or folding the hand and it is up to the following players to call the bet. When a player calls the bet he is simply matching the bet already placed. When one player raise the initial bet and this bet has to be matched by all the following players unless they fold. The game will end when all players call the bet and then the cards will be shown and the winning hand will take the pot.

There are many variations of poker games but they all have basic rules:

Players contribute toward a central ‘pot’ that contains chips. All poker games begin with some forced wager over which poker players compete. Poker is a game that involves a communal “pot” consisting of the players’ wagers which is awarded to the poker player who either holds the highest ranking hand or makes a wager which goes unmatched by his or her opponents. After the betting rounds are over, the player with the strongest hand – or the last player left standing after the others have folded – wins!

No matter which variation of poker are you playing, the most important is to understand “the deck”, “hand ranking” and basic poker terms-actions.

During any poker game there are several action available to all players. The actions are as follows:

FOLD – Folding the hand forfeits any interest in the pot during the current betting round. A player who folds is not allowed to wager any further money during the current poker game.

CALL – If there has been a wager on the current round of poker play, a player may call. Player then matches current bets made by his/hers oponnent(s).

BET – If there is no wager on the current betting round, a player may bet. If a player bets, the player immediately clockwise from him or her (and any other players involved in betting round) must take an action – fold, raise, or call.

CHECK – If there is no wager on the current betting round, a player may check. A check does not forfeit interest in the pot, only the current right to bet. If all players check during a round of betting, the round is considered complete.

RAISE – If there has been a wager on the current betting round, a player may raise. The act of raising requires the poker player not only to match the current bet but to make a greater one.

ALL IN – A player cannot be forced to forfeit a poker hand because the player does not have enough chips to call a bet. A player who does not have enough chips to call a bet is declared All-In. The player is eligible for the portion of the pot to the point of his final wager.