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Texas Hold'em Poker
Number of Players: 2 to 10
Texas Hold'em is the fastest, and certainly the most popular, game in poker rooms today.
Betting Structure (Example for $10/$20 game)
Note: Bets and raises are limited to 1 bet and 3 raises per betting round. Therefore, in the $10/$20 example, betting would be capped at a total of $40 in rounds 1 and 2, and $80 in rounds 3 and 4.
Starting a Game
In Texas Hold'em, the game is started with the two players to the left of the dealer posting a Big Blind and a Small Blind, the value being determined by the stakes of the game. Then the two pocket cards are dealt to each player. The betting begins with the player to the left of the Big Blind. Because the blinds are bets, not antes, players can not check in the first betting round; they must either fold, call or raise.
After the first round is complete, three cards (the flop) are dealt face up on the table. These cards are common to all players. Betting starts with the first active player to the left of the dealer button and he/she may either check or bet.
For the third round, a fourth communal card (the turn) is dealt, and another round of betting ensues.
A final communal card is dealt, called the river, and is followed by another round of betting. Players then use their two pocket cards and the five communal cards (shared by everyone) to create the best five-card hand possible, with the winner receiving the pot. If two or more players have the same winning hand the pot is split equally between them.