A refresher for the returning champion, and a quick guide
for the beginner. Knowing the Texas hold'em rules can make
all the difference in your game and the winnings you take
home. Even a long timer may need a refresher every now and
then. Take a moment and read below to be on your way to
enjoying and understanding the game.
In the game Texas Hold 'Em you use a standard 52 card deck.
After the cards are shuffled or as with Internet Texas
Hold'em you make your start by placing the predetermined
amount of money into the pot, which is also called, posting
the blinds. This occurs before any cards being dealt.
Often the first player (the player directly beside the
dealer on the left) puts half the minimum in the pot and
then all other players put in the full minimum bet. By
doing this, there is always money to play for in each hand.
When the initial bet is made, next each player receives two
cards face down. These cards are known as the hole cards.
After looking at your hole cards, betting will commence
again. At this point, you can call (which means you put in
exactly what you must to stay in the game), you can raise
the bet, or you can fold and try again next time.
The dealer will then discard their top-card (this is called
burning) and place three cards face up in the middle of the
table. Those cards are community cards. Keep in mind any
combination of your hole cards and the community cards can
be used to make the best five-card poker hand. Placing the
community card is called the flop.
After the flop, the bets begin again. Then there is another
card placed in the community pile face up. That card is
called the turn. After the turn another round of betting
occurs. Then the fifth and final card is placed in the
community pile. This card is called the river.
After the river card the final round of betting occurs.
By the Texas hold'em rules everyone still in the game
reveals his or her hand. The person with the best hand
These are the general Texas hold’em rules. Texas Hold'em
poker is a fabulous game of chance and strategy. Take your
chances and have a great time playing. On thing that is
great about Internet Texas Hold'em is the others players
can’t read you to try to find out if you’re bluffing.
Online or off, Texas Hold’em poker is a great combination
of luck and strategy.
About The Author
David Olsen has been writing about online casinos and casino strategy for over five years and is considered an authority in the online gambling world. His latest website, Play Video Poker, is all about video Poker with special attention paid to Online Poker. Visit His site to learn more http://www.playvideopoker.us. Mr. Olsen works from home and is married with one young son.
This article was posted on November 27, 2005