Texas Holdem Poker Basic Strategy


Texas Holdem Poker Basic Strategy

 

In Texas Holdem Poker, the player needs to finish with the best poker hand and win the pot.  Although the Texas Hold'em rules are easily learned and deceptively simple, it is still a game that requires a certain amount of skill.

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Texas Holdem Poker Dictionary

blind bet - a forced bet that is taken before the cards are dealt - made instead of an Ante. It is posted by the two Players to the left of the Dealer. A "Small Blind" is placed by the Player to the Dealer's left. The "Big Blind" is placed by the Player left of the Small Blind

flop - the dealing of the first three communal cards

puck/back/button - a moving disc which indicates the Dealer, and moves in a clockwise direction

river - the fifth, and final, communal card dealt

turn - the fourth communal card dealt

 

Texas Holdem Poker Rules

 

Sequence of Play

  1. The Players to the left of the Dealer begin by posting the blind bets.

    Two pocket cards are dealt to each Player - face-down

    First round of betting - options are to fold, bet, or raise.  Only one bet, and three raises per Player are allowed on the first round.  Players cannot "check" in the first round, as Blinds are bets, and not antes.

    Three communal cards (flop) are dealt face-up in the center of the table. All communal cards are active for all Players and can be used in combination with each Player's two cards.

    Second round of betting - options are to check, fold, bet, or raise.

    Fourth communal card (Turn) is dealt face-up.

    Third round of betting - options are to check, fold, bet, or raise.

    If, at this stage, there are still at least two vying Players, the fifth, and final communal card (River) is dealt face-up.

    Final round of betting follows.

    The Showdown! All remaining Players then create the best five-card hand possible. You can use:  both pocket cards and three communal cards or one pocket card and four communal cards or all five communal cards

  2. The best hand wins the pot! If two or more Players have the same winning hand, the pot is split equally between them.

Betting Rules

  1. As per normal poker rules - playing and betting proceeds in a clockwise direction.

    The two Players to the left of the Dealer post the blind bets.

    Small Blind (the Player who sits left of the Dealer) bets half the lower limit.

    Big Blind (the Player who sits left of the Small Blind) bets equal to the lower limit.

    Betting increments in the game determine the blinds. In a game of $2 and $4 betting increments, the small blind is $1, and the big blind is $2.

    The blind bets in Texas Hold'em are considered as active bets, and therefore, Players have the option to check, fold, call, and raise when the betting action returns to their position. (Exception to first round betting). First round betting - options are to fold, bet, or raise.  Only one bet, and three raises per Player are allowed on the first round.  Players cannot "check" in the first round, as Blinds are bets, and not antes.

    Second and subsequent betting rounds - options are to check, fold, bet, or raise.

    All bets must be placed in conjunction with the game's betting increments.

    There are four possible betting rounds in Texas Hold'em poker. Each bet and raise during the first two rounds is set at the lower limit of the stakes structure, and for the last two rounds at a higher limit structure. For example in a $1/$2 Texas Hold'em game, all bets and raises are $1 for the first two rounds (after pocket cards are dealt and after the flop). All bets and raises are $2 for the last two rounds (after the turn and after the river), following accepted poker rules.

    The maximum allowable number of bets per Player during any betting round in Texas Hold'em poker is four. This includes a (1) bet, (2) raise, (3) re-raise, and (4) cap. The term cap is used to describe the 3rd raise in a round since betting is then capped and can't be raised further. Once capped, Players will have only the option of calling or folding.

    In betting rounds where Players have folded, the first active Player left of the Disc/Dealer is first to act.

    To ensure fairness for all online poker Players - new Players entering the Texas Hold'em game will be required to post the equivalent of the big blind. All Players have the option of sitting out and waiting for the actual big blind before starting play.

  2. By preventing Players from constantly entering poker games in a late position and leaving before they're required to post, these rules stop potential abuse of the online environment.

 

Texas Holdem Poker Hand Rankings

 

Hand

Description

Royal Flush

A hand with A, K, Q, J and 10 all of the same suite

Straight Flush

A hand with all five cards in sequence and of the same suit

Four of a Kind

A hand with four cards of the same rank

Full House

A hand with three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank

Flush

A hand with all five cards in the same suit but not all in a sequence

Straight

A hand with all five cards in sequence but not all in one suit

Three of a Kind

A hand with three cards of the same rank

Two Pair

A hand with two cards of one rank and two cards of another rank

Pair

A hand with two cards of the same rank

High Card

No other combination, the value of the highest card wins

 

 

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