What is Texas Hold’Em?

What is Texas Hold’Em?

29.08.2012

Shortly, Texas Hold’Em, or just “Texas” is one of the most common games when nowdays speaking about Poker. It was “founded” in Texas back in the beginning of the 1900’s and first introduced to Las vegas in 1967.

The gameplay in Texas Hold’Em

Texas, the state from which Hold'Em comes

Texas

Texas Hold’Em is suitable for 4-8 players per table. It starts with checking who is going to be the dealer, mostly by lifting one card each, and the highest becomes the dealer. The one to the left from the dealer is the small blind. The one two steps left from the dealer is the big blind. Blinds are set already before the game, and are most often raised with almost double after a certain time interval, or when people are loosing and disappearing from the game.

The Texas hold’Em gameplay

  1. The small and big blind puts their marks on the table. For example, the small blind is $0,50 and the big blind is $1,00.
  2. The dealer gives two cards to each player, one by one card. Everyone checks their cards.
  3. The first one to the left from the big blind choses if he wants to join this game based on the cards he have. He can join by putting the same amount as the big blind on the table, or raising with for example doubling it. If he do not want to join, he just puts his cards away and pays notheing this round.
  4. The next one to the left needs to go throug the same procedure. He can fold (throw away cards), check (by putting the same amount as the one that has put the most marks on the table) or raise by putting more money on the table.
  5. This procedure continues until we reaches the big blind again. (The small blind must also put more money on table to join the game). The big blind can still raise if he wants, and then everyone that wants to join needs to put the same amount of money again.
  6. When all have put the needed amount of chips on the table, it is time for the flop. That means the dealer put one card away from the stack, and then puts three cards on the table.
  7. Now people can check what kind of hands they have if they combine the two cards on their hand and the three on the table. Then the one left from the dealer (earlier small blind) to check, fold or raise (fold is unnessecary, because there is still zero chips needed to join this round).
  8. When the one that was small blind did what he should, the next one to the left is the one to do something. Raise, fold, or check. This continues until you reach the dealer again.
  9. When the stacks are even again, the dealer put one card away, and put one more card on the table. This is the “turn”. The same procedure with people raising, folding and checking continues.
  10. When stacks are even again, the dealer put one card away, and put one, the last card on the table. This is the “river”. Now all five cards are on the table. Everyone needs to check, fold or raise to participate.
  11. When all stacks are even, the players should show their cards, starting with the one to the left from the dealer.
  12. The one with the highest hand, when combining the two cards on his hand with the five on the table, wins. He can now take all the chips.
  13. The one to the left from the dealer now becomes the dealer, and the game starts over.

What if everyone but me folds, if no-one else put the same amount of chips as me?

A Texas Hold'Em table with the flop and one players good hand

A Texas Hold’Em table with the flop and one players good hand

Congrats, you can now take all the chips that are on the table, without even showing your cards. Some players always bet a lot, so that no other player dare to check, and therefor gets all the chips that are on the table. If you does this without having any good cards on your hand, you are “bluffing”. Bluffing can be effective if you know your opponents, but also dangerous if someone is so sure of winning that he dares to check, or even re-raise you.

Okay, when does the game Texas Hold’Em end?

All in in Texas Hold'Em

All in!

Well, if you lose all of your chips, the game is ended for you. You most often lose your chips by going all in, which becomes a must when the blinds have went so high that you can’t afford to be in the game anymore if you do not put all of your chips in it. Of course you can go all in whenever you want, and try to double your money that way if someone else also is going all in, and you win them.

The game ends when there is only one player left having all of the money.

More info about Texas Hold’Em

You can read more about Texas Hold’Em on Wikipedia!

You can also check some of the Infographics on the page Texas Hold’Em tips and tricks!

Image courtesy of Koratmember and Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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