Poker Rules

In the following paragraphs we will explain the basic game play of a Texas Hold’em Hand, including the betting rounds.

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Play begins with each player being dealt two cards face down . These are the only cards each player will receive individually, and they will not be revealed until showdown, making Texas Hold’em a closed poker game.

To begin the game, a pre-flop betting round starts with the player to the left of the Dealer (or to the left of the Big Blind if Blinds are used). The dealer will burn a card, followed by three face-up community cards called The Flop , followed by a second betting round.

This and all subsequent betting rounds begin with the player the dealer’s lef t.

The fourth round, called the Turn is dealt after the dealer again burns a card. Another single community card is dealt , followed by a third betting round.

Finally, a burn and a last single community card called The River is dealt , followed by a fourth betting round and showdown if necessary.

On Showdown, each player plays the best five-card poker hand he can make from the seven cards comprising his two and The Board (the five community cards).

In casino play, it is common to use a fixed limit and two blinds, one for half of the first-round betting limit and one for a full bet. The limit for the third and fourth betting rounds is generally double that of the first two rounds.