Texas Hold’em is a variant of poker and one of the most famous ones. It was invented in the USA during the early years of the 20th century. This variant of poker officially started in Robstown, Texas in the early 1900s. It was later brought to Las Vegas in 1963. Texas Hold’em was then adopted in the different parts of the world towards the end of the 20th century. Today, Texas Hold’em is played at so many casinos around the world both online and offline.
If you have never heard about this game or you want to know more about it, this article is for you. I am going to share with you how to play Texas Hold’em, its rules, and the strategies you can use to win. Let’s get started.
What is the objective of Texas Hold’em Poker?
The objective of this game is to beat the rest of the hands and win the pot having the money wagered by all of the players. The pool of the money wagered by the players is what is referred to as a pot. Developing a Texas Hold’em strategy may take quite some time and at times losing money.
Poker hands win are determined by the rank of each poker hands. Here is the ranking of the cards:
Remember in this game, the dealer is not involved. This means each player in the game has the chance of being a dealer. The dealer button is moved in a clockwise direction starting with the player on the immediate left of the dealer. That is why understanding all the Texas Hold’em dealing rules is very key if you’re to win the pot of this famous poker game.
Step by step procedure of playing Texas Hold’em
Step #1: Posting the small and big blind
Before the start of the game, the player that is on the left of the dealer posts a small blind. And then the next player after the one who posted the small blind posts the big blind. The big blind has to be twice as much as the small blind. For instance, if the small blind is $1, the big blind will be $2.
Step #2: Dealing out the first hand
After the two blinds have been posted, two cards are dealt to each player. These are dealt out Facedown which means each player knows the value of their cards secretly. These first two cards are called hole cards
Step #3: First round of betting
After the two cards have been dealt to each player, the first round of betting starts. The player that is clockwise of the one who made the big blind, is the one who is given the chance to either to the call (accept the previous bet), raise (increase the previous bet by two times) or fold (discard his hand). Then the other players clockwise of the table make their bets too. These players also have three option i.e. folding, raising, or calling. All the money betted is collected and put into the pot
Step #4: Dealing the flop
If at least 2 players are still active in the game, three cards are drawn to the table all face-up. These are called community cards. So now, the value of the cards for each player will be equivalent to the two hole cards plus the total value of the community cards.
Step #5: Second round of betting
After the flop cards have been dealt out, the third round of betting takes place. And here the players now have 4 options i.e. to Fold, Check (refuse to bet but remain in the game), Call or Raise.
Step 6#: Dealing the turn (fourth card)
After the second round of betting, money is added to the pot and a fourth card is dealt with the table face up as well. This card is also a community card and its value is added to the previous value of cards that each player had
Step #7: Third round of betting
After dealing out the fourth card, those still active in the game will have 4 options as well. These include; to check, fold, call, or raise. The choice you make should depend on both your hole cards and the community cards. If you see yourself having a strong hand, you can go ahead and either call or raise. But if you have a weak hand, you should always opt for the checking and folding options to avoid losing more money
Step #8: Dealing out the river (fifth card)
After the third round of betting, the final card called the river is dealt on the table face up like the previous 4 cards
Step 9#: The final round of betting
After the fifth card has been dealt on the table face up, players starting from the one of the left of the dealer have to again choose from the four available options i.e. check, fold call, or raise
Step #10: Ending the round and announcing the winner
After the final round of betting, now the players that are still active will turn their hole cards face up. The strongest hand of the remaining players wins the pot. In the case of a tie, the winning players will equally share the cash in the pot.
Unlike many other card games, Texas Hold’em poker is one of those games that need more strategies than luck. As we have seen above, you will realize by the end of the round, many decisions have to be made and each decision will have an impact on whether you will win the pot or not. That is why it is very important to know when to do what based on the cards that you are dealt with.
The hole cards have the biggest impact on your chances of winning. This is because these are not visible to the rest of the players. It is also important to mind the decision of the other players. Because it is from their decisions that you can guess the value of their cards. At the end of the day, the player with the best strategy wins the pot.