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Texas Holdem Poker Rules

Texas Holdem is the world's most popular Poker game. Its popularity has made it the game played in the Poker World Championships in Las Vegas each year. The object of the game is to make the best 5-card hand using the players own two personal cards and the 5 community cards dealt onto the poker table for use by all the players.

Texas Holdem uses a small disk, the button, to show who is the notional dealer in the round, dont worry you don't actually have to deal the cards! This goes clockwise round the table prior to each new hand. The dealer is the last to receive their cards on the initial deal and has the right to the last action during the round of Texas Holdem betting.

To start the game, the player to the left of the dealer should put up a small blind and the player to the left of him a large blind. For example in a game of £1/£2, then the player to the left of the dealer would place 50 pence on the table and the player next to him places, £1.

The dealer will then deal the two hole cards to each player, following which there will be a round of betting. During each betting round, the players will each have to Bet, Check, Fold or Raise.

The dealer will then place three community cards, face up, onto the table, called the Flop. Another round of betting will take place. The dealer then places another community card onto the table, called the Turn. Another round of betting takes place.

Finally the dealer will place the last poker card onto the table, the River. The players then have a last round of betting. When the last round of betting has taken place, the players have the Showdown, where it is determined who has the best hand.

During the Showdown, the players use the best five cards available to them (the ones you can see) to make up their preferred 5-card hand out of the seven cards in view. This is done automatically online and the players best hand is made up by the Texas Holdem poker room.

The player with the best hand then takes the value of the pot. If two players have the same value of hand then the pot is equally split. Like all poker games, limiting your losses is as important as winning, so, if the hand won't win, throw it away. There will be another along shortly.

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