Texas Hold'em


Hold’em stands as the benchmark of all poker games. Like most variants of poker, the objective of Texas Hold’em is to win pots - where a pot comprises of money raised by the players in a single hand or game.


The player with the best 5-card combination, or the one who can bluff, will take the pot. This five-card combination is the best of two hole cards (the cards you’re dealt with) and five community cards (that are common for all).




After the game went viral throughout Texas, hold’em was introduced in Las Vegas in late 1960’s by a group of gamblers that included names like Crandell Addington, Doyle Brunson, and Amarillo Slim. This is the same time when Ace high was changed from the original form where aces were considered low.

When Addington was introduced to this format of poker, he said, “They didn't call it Texas hold 'em at the time, they just called it hold 'em.… I thought then that if it were to catch on, it would become the game. Draw poker, you bet only twice; hold 'em, you bet four times. That meant you could play strategically. This was more of a thinking man's game.”

During the 2oth century, the game experienced a surge in traction globally. Many attribute this growth to the invention of online poker, the game’s appearance on TV and movies, invention of the ‘hole card cam’ (which allowed users to see what the players were holding and the decision-making process) and finally, the 2003 World Series of Poker victory by an online qualifier known by the name of Chris Moneymaker



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