Poker: Texas Holdem

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A fast variation of 7 Card Stud. Two cards are dealt face down to each player and five community cards are dealt face up in the center of the table. Your hand is determined by using the best five of those seven cards (in any combination) and the best hand wins the pot (The pot may also be won by someone betting and no one calling prior to the completion of the hand.).

Don't forget to check the House Rules at the pokerroom you play.

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How to Play Texas Holdem

1) Prior to dealing the cards, two blinds (the Small Blind and the Big Blind) are placed in the pot by the two players to the immediate left of the dealer. The blinds are put in to start the action.

2) Everyone is dealt two down cards. The action begins with the player to the left of the Big Blind folding, calling, or raising. Action continues with all players making one of these decisions. This is the first betting round.

3) Upon completion of the first round of betting, the dealer then turns over three cards ("flop cards"). This is the second betting round. Beginning with this round of betting (and throughout the remainder of the hand), the player to the left of the button acts first. A player may now check (not bet or fold) or bet if there is no betting in front of them. If there is betting and/or raising in front of them, they may Call, Raise, or Fold.

4) Following the completion of action on the "flop", the dealer turns over another card ("turn card"). This is the third round of betting. The betting again starts with the player closest to the left of the button.

5) Following the completion of action on "the turn", the dealer turns over the last card ("river card"). This is the final round of betting.

6) When all bets are in, the showdown takes place between remaining players where the winner is declared. A player uses his best five cards from his pocket cards and the community cards (flop, turn and river cards) to determine his hand.