To Play Texas Hold'em
The following is the hierarchy of poker
hands, from best to worst.
Texas Hold'em is the fastest growing card game in the world. With
the World Poker Tour, major Texas Hold'em events in Las Vegas and
charity events across the country you need to learn how to play Texas
The rules are not complex but honing your skills can take some time. We
recommend getting the basics down by playing online, get software to
play, or start playing with your friends for fun. If you already play
poker, you'll already have some of basics down.
Texas Hold'em is just like Poker in that it is a game in which players bet into a communal pot during the
course of a hand. Those players who continue to betting during the hand
then have an opportunity to win the pot, and the player holding the best hand at the
end of the betting wins the pot.
Unlike Poker where everyone receive their own set of cards and can
discard if they choose, Texas Hold'em uses community or shared cards to
allow cards player to form their best poker hands. Lets run through an
The standard Texas Hold'em game is broken down into five main steps
Beginning with the dealer button, each player is dealt one card and then
a second card. Both cards are dealt face down and review them. After all
players have reviewed their cards (also known as pocket / hole cards)
the betting begins. (For betting info see below)
? What is a dealer button? A dealer button is a real button that
actually says dealer on it or a "d." It signifies where the
dealing is done from and moves around the table after each hand of Texas
After the dealer deals the original cards and the initial betting is
complete. The dealer deals 3 cards in the middle of the table and turns
them over. This is called the "flop." These are community
cards and each player uses them with the 2 card that they were dealt to
create the best hand possible. (To determine hand rank see below). After
the Texas Hold'em flop another round of betting occurs.
After betting has been completed, the dealer turns over another
community card in the center of the table. This fourth card is called
the "turn" and another round of betting occurs.
After the turn betting is complete, then the fifth and final card is
turned over, this is the last community card and this card is known as
the "River." And the final round of betting occurs.
Once the betting has been completed, the remaining players in the hand
show their cards in order of who bet first. Each player determines their
best Texas Hold'em hand, (5 cards) by using any combination so even if
one card from his pocket cards and four of the community cards creates
the best Texas Hold'em hand, it is ok. If all five of the cards in
the community make the best hand then everyone splits the pot. This
is called "the board plays".
Poker Actions - Betting Options
1. Check: a bet of zero that does not forfeit interest in the pot
2. Bet or Raise: a nonzero bet greater than preceding bets that all
successive players must match or exceed or they are out of that game.
3. Call: a nonzero bet equal to a preceding bet that maintains a
player's interest in the pot
4. Fold: a surrender of interest in the pot in response to another
player's bet, accompanied by the loss of one's cards and previous bets
Betting normally proceeds around the table until each player has either
called all bets or folded. Different poker games have various numbers of
betting rounds interspersed with the receipt or replacement of cards.
So What Poker Hand Beats Another
Straight Flush: All five of your cards are the same suit AND they are
all in sequence. Again, a straight flush of a higher - a A,K,Q,J,10 is
the highest Straight Flush.
Four-of-a-kind: Four of your cards are the same.
Full House: This is a combination of a pair and a three-of-a-kind.
Flush: All five of your cards are the same suit. They do not have to be
in any sequence, they just have to be of the same suit.
Straight: All five of your cards are in numerical sequence, regardless
of the suits of the cards. If there are two straights at the table, then
the one of a higher sequence is the better hand.
Three-of-a-kind: Three of your cards are the same.
Two pairs: Fairly self-explanatory.
Pair: Two of your cards are the same,
like 2 Jacks.
High card: If you do not have anything in
your hand, then your best hand is the highest card in your hand. For
example, a King-high means that nothing in your hand matches with
anything else, and the King is the highest card in your hand.
Have fun and enjoy.