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Texas Holdem Rules

Texas hold'em poker is a card game. It is played with a typical 52 card deck. Currently it is an ongoing craze that is only getting larger. This craze started in 2003 when an amateur names Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker. Texas Holdem is player with usually 2-12 players at a table. Most full tables will have 8-10 players.

The game is structured into different sections to make play easy and smooth. Here is some basic terminology.

Button: A white acrylic disk to indicate who is the (nominal) dealer. Also used to refer to the player on the button. Example: "Oh, the button raised."

Small Blind: A forced bet before the round begins of half a small bet. This and the big blind ensures there is action and betting in the rounds. Otherwise people would all fold till they got aces.

Big Blind: A forced bet before the round begins of a small bet. This and the small blind ensures there is action and betting in the rounds. Otherwise people would all fold till they got aces.

Hole Cards: The two cards dealt to a player.

Who ever has the dealer button deals out the cards starting with the small blind first going counter clockwise. Then a second card. Both cards are face down. After everyone receives their pocket/hole cards (the two cards face down just dealt), then betting occurs. Players can bet, raise, or reraise
Note: the dealer button is a actually a button that says "dealer" on it or "d" that is passed around the table after each hand.

The dealer turns over three cards in the middle of the table (called "the flop"). These are community cards that each player can use to create the best hand possible out of. Once again betting occurs.

The dealer turns over another card making four community cards. This fourth card is called "the turn" or sometimes "fourth street". Betting occurs again.

The dealer turns over the fifth and last community card. This is called "the river" or "fifth street". Betting occurs for the last time.

The remaining players in the hand show their cards in order from the person who bet first. Each player uses his two cards, and the five community cards to create the best hand (5 cards total). A player can use any combination so even if one card from his pocket cards and four of the community cards creates the best hand, it is fine. When all five of the cards in the community make the best hand then everyone splits the pot. This is called "the board plays". Also note that in any time during the game a player can fold and get out of the hand. All bets will be lost at that point.

Winning Hands

Royal Flush

This is the best hand in poker consisting of 5 cards in sequence from Ace to Ten and all the same suit.


Straight Flush

This is a combination of a straight and a flush.


Four Of A Kind
or Quads

Having four of any rank card.


Full House

This hand consists of having a pair and a set put together



Having 5 cards of any one suit.



Having 5 cards in a rank sequence.


Three Of A Kind

having 3 of any one rank.


Two Pair

Having 2 different pairs.


One Pair

A single pair.


High Card

High card hand is the lowest non pair hand.



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