Texas Holdem Poker

The Rules

  1. One 52 card pack of cards is used. The dealer shuffles the cards before dealing them.

  2. Aces can be high or low, but not both at once. So the straight 10, J, Q, K, A is valid, as is the straight A, 2, 3, 4, 5. However, Q, K, A, 2, 3 is not a valid straight.

  3. The dealer is indicated by a dealer button and his position rotates clockwise each game, although the dealer does not have to be a player.

  4. The player to the left of the dealer must make a bet called a "small blind". The player to his left must make a bet called the "big blind".The amounts of these blinds are specified in advance, with the big blind often being twice the sum of the small blind. The blinds are there to put some initial money in the pot.

  5. Two cards are dealt face down to each player, starting with the person to the dealer's left (the player who placed the small blind).

  6. The player to the left of the big blind must either call or raise the big blind bet. The play in turn will go around the tabl. Table rules known to all players before the game give details of any limits on the size or number of allowed raises.

  7. The small blind can also raise the big blind. If nobody chooses to raise the big blind, the player who posted the big blind bet can raise his own bet if he so chooses. This is called the "big blind option."

  8. Players can fold, call or raise whenever it is their turn to bet.

  9. The dealer discards the card at the top of the deck before the dealing "the flop" (see below). This is known as "burning the card" and is done to make sure that noone has accidentally seen the top card. Of course, this option is not relevant in the online game.

  10. After the first round of betting has been completed, three community cards are dealt face up in the centre of the table. This is known as the "flop."

  11. During the second and all future rounds of betting, players can check, call, raise, or fold whenever it is their turn to bet.

  12. The second round of betting takes place, again starting with the player to the left of the dealer.

  13. After the second round of betting, a fourth community card is dealt face up and placed alongside the flop. This card is called the "turn" or "fourth street".

  14. A third round of betting takes place, again starting with the player to the dealer's left.

  15. The fifth and final community card is now dealt face up in the centre of the table, alongside the other four cards. This card is known as the "river" or "fifth street".

  16. The fourth and final round of betting takes, again starting with the player to the dealer's left. Players can use any combination of five of the seven cards (their own two hole cards plus the five community cards) to get the best possible five card poker hand. Players are not obligated to use their hole cards. After this round of betting has finished, remaining players reveal their hands. The player who made the last raise or the initial bet shows their hand first.

Possible hands in order of value.

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    1. Straight flush: Five consecutive and suited cards. eg 10♥, J♥, Q♥,K♥,A♥

    2. Four of a kind: Four cards of the same value, plus any other. eg 2♣, 2♥, 2♠, 2♦, 8♣

    3. Full house: Three of a kind and two of a kind (a pair). eg 7♣, 7♥, 7♠, 5♠, 5♣.

    4. Flush: Any five cards of the same suit, eg 5♠,7♠,9♠,10♠,Q♠,

    5. Straight: Five consecutive cards, eg 3♣, 4♥, 5♠, 6♦, 7♣

    6. Three of a kind: Three cards of the same value, plus two other cards, eg 9♣, 9♥, 9♠, 6♠, 2♣..

    7. Two pair: Two pairs, plus any fifth card. For example 6♣, 6♥, 8♠, 8♦, Q♣ .

    8. Pair: One pair plus three other cards. For example 4♥, 4♠, 6♠, 8♦, 10♣ .

    9. Highest card High: Any five cards that do not form one of the higher hands above. eg, an Ace high hand could be A♣, 10♥, 9♠, 4♠, 3♣

  1. If there are two hands of the same value, the additional cards are used to break a tie. So out of the following two hands, the second hand would win as it contains an Ace, compared to the first hand's King.
    Q♣, Q♥, K♠, 4♠, 2♣;                   Q♦, Q♠, A♣, 4♠, 3♣

  2. The two unused cards are never used to tie break.

  3. A new player arriving at the table should either wait for the big blind position or bet an amount equal to the big blind.

  4. The betting amounts may be set in advance by the house.


Tip: in online poker, tick the box that allows you to automatically muck a losing hand.