Texas Holdem

Rules Texas Holdem

1. The game is played at a special table with a chip, called "button", which defines one of the players as a dealer at the table. The dealer distributes cards, if there is no a special person of a gambling establishment at the table. The button, after each hand, is moved clockwise to the next player.

2. All the required stakes are made before starting the hand, which are generally of two types: "blinds" (blind bets, which are placed only by the part of the players at the table) and/or "ante" (a mandatory initial bet for all the players). The amount of the bets is set by agreement of the players before the game, or, as it is common in online poker rooms, it is determined on default by the type of the table. The first, or small, blind is done by the player, who is to the left of the dealer. The second, or a big, blind has to be done by the second player, who is to the left of the dealer. The big blind equals to two small ones in most of the games.

3. Before the start of the hand, each player gets two cards face down, which are usually called initial or pocket. The pocket cards may be used only by the player, to whom they have been given, and they have to be closed from other players’ viewing.

4. After finishing the hand, the player, who is to the left of the big blind, opens the action.This round is called a "pre-flop", in which the player estimates the chances, according to the pocket cards combination. All the players at the table are able to do three options: call – to equalizethe stake of the previous player, raise – to increase the bet, or fold – a refusal from the further action in the hand by fold. According to the results of the action on the pre-flop, the players pass or do not pass to the next round.

5. The next round is known as the "third street" or "flop". Three community cards are dealt open on the flop on the table, which can be used for combinations by all the players. Another round of the action is started by the player, who sits to the left of the dealer.

6. At the end of the action on the flop, the fourth community card is dealt open. This is the beginning of the "fourth street" or the "turn". On the turn, the bets size is doubled, reaching its peak in the current hand.

7. The end of the action on the turn leads to the open deal of the fifth community card. The action round is started, which is called the "fifth street" or the "river". This is the final round of the action in Texas Hold'em.

8. At the end of the action on the river, there is a showdown. The pot is won by the player with the best combination of five cards. If two or more players have the hands of the same value, it leads to a draw, and the pot is shared between the players.

9. The distribution can be finished in any of the streets and without the showdown, if one of the players, as a result of the action, will force all of the opponents fold. In this case, the remained player gets the pot without opening the pocket cards.

10. After the winner gets the pot, the dealer’s button is moved to the next player clockwise around the table. A new hand is started.

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