Texas Hold'em

Basic Rules

Texas Hold'em can be played with as little as two players, up to a max of ten players. It is played with 52 card deck without joker. Each player receives two cards, face down. These cards are known as hole cards. Then, dealer hands out five community cards face up. After the bets have been called, in a showdown, players are asked to reveal their hands. The highest combination of five cards (out of seven) will take the pot. In-case, there’s a draw – the pot is split between the players.


Limit poker

In Limit poker a maximum of 4 bets is allowed during any betting round. This includes a bet, raise, re-raise, and final raise, but in No Limit poker and Pot Limit poker there is no limit to the number of raises that a player can make. In Limit poker Bet as well as Raise is agreed in advance. For example, in a 1/2 Limit game, both Bet and Bet Raise must be equal to 1. Not more or less. In last two rounds Bet and Raise must be equal to 2.

Pot Limit


In a play with Pot Limit the maximum value of Bet or Raise shouldn't exceed the current total amount in the pot. For example: if the total amount in the pot in the middle of the table is 10 the first player to act in the betting round bets 10, the second player could bet a total of 30 - 10 for his portion of the call and raise by 20, the total amount of money in the pot when the action got to him, including his call. There is no cap to the number of raises in Pot-Limit poker games.

No Limit

In a No-limit game, any player can raise any amount – given the least bet is the amount of big blind.

Game Stages

When playing the Texas Hold’em format, each player is dealt with two cards – known as the hole cards. Then there’s a round of betting where each player has the option to Check, Raise or Fold. This stage of the game is known as ‘Pre-Flop’. What one should do is completely dependent on those hole cards.

Flop: When the betting has finished - three cards are dealt face-up on the table. These cards are called ‘the flop’.


Turn: After this, another round of betting takes place and then the fourth card is placed on the table. This card is called the ‘turn’.


River: There’s another round of betting and then the final card is shared on the table. This final card makes up the ‘River’


The End: There are two ways a hand can end: 1) When players hand over their cards and the best card with – known as the ‘Showdown’ 2) Someone bets enough so that everyone else folds.


That’s the beauty of the game. You don’t always need the best hand to win


Blinds: The game is usually played with blinds rotating around the dealer. Player next to the dealer has to place a pre-determined small blind, while the player next to the small blind puts in the big blind. Big Blind, in most of the cases, is double the amount of small blind.


All-in: When the player believes that he has the best hand or when he believes others will fold, he bets all his chips on the table, commonly referred as All-in. People dominating with the chips on the table can call other players all-in and continue playing with a divided pot equivalent to their bets.


Missed Blinds Policy

To prevent players from entering games in a late position to avoid placing blinds, you will have to post an initial fee, equal to Big Blind, or you can sit out and wait until Big Blind reaches your position. Player can choose to:

  • post Big Blind, or
  • wait for Big Blind.

If the player chooses to wait for Big Blind he will be sitting out and won't be able to join the action until Big Blind comes around to his position. If the player were at the table and then sat out for a while and missed his Big Blind, he will also have to miss Small Blind and the dealer's button. If you missed the small and big blind, you will be required to post an amount equal to the big blind plus a 'dead' bet equal to the small blind.


If the player finishes his chips he may not to fold the cards. The player can go All-In and bet all his chips. In this case the pot is divided into the Main pot and the Side pot. All the next bets are included to the Side pot. If the player which goes All-In did not win, the winner receives all chips (both the Main and Side pots). If the player who goes All-In wins, he receives the Main pot, but the Side pot is passed to the player having the second highest ranking Poker hand. If several players go All-In, the several Side pots can be created. If the player who accepted all All-In bets does not go All-In by himself, but appears to have the highest ranking hand when cards were revealed, he takes the Main pot as well as the all Side pots. If the highest ranking hand has the player who went All-In, he takes the pot or all pots which were created until he went All-In. Every All-In player having highest ranking hand can take only the pot (or pots) in forming of which he took part.

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