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Texas Holdem Play

Texas Holdem Play

Texas Holdem Play
Before you hit the poker rooms we suggest you take a look at our Texas Holdem Play section where we have broken down order of play through the flop, turn and river including betting structures. To help you avoid making costly poker beginner errors and keep your bankroll growing, scooping time and time again. Good luck!

To make the highest value five card hand using your two pocket / hole cards and three of the five community / board cards. (For simplicities sake the terms hole cards and community cards shall be used. However either term offered are equally acceptable).

The best high hand is judged in exactly the same way as in Omaha High, whilst the best low hand is made by having all five cards below the eight card, where the Ace may be used as the lowest value card.

The pot is divided and half is awarded to the person with the strongest low hand and half to the person with the strongest high hand. If this is the same person who holds both of these the whole pot is won by them (referred to as scooping the pot). If there is no player with a qualifying low hand then the player with the strongest high hand again scoops the pot.

Texas Holdem Play:

  • Both betting and dealing rotate in a clockwise order. The dealer will be marked by a button. In clockwise order from the dealer are the players who for this round will be the small blind and big blind. The small blind if he so chooses must bet half of the low limit (as explained in Aim above) without seeing his hand blind and the big blind must bet the full low limit bet, again without seeing his hand. In the following round the big blind will in turn be the small blind and so on. The benefit to being the dealer is that you are the last to bet and so have the advantage of seeing how the round plays out before committing any of your chips.
  • Once the two blinds have placed their bets or folded each player is given two, face down, hole cards which no other players are able to see. Each player starting from the player immediate to the big blind, following a clockwise order of rotation then commences a round of bets by placing their bet according to the limit rules mentioned above. Each player has the option to call (match the previous bet), fold (quit the round of play) or raise (increase the size of the call bet for the following players) according to how they value their cards and predict the forthcoming flop (dealing of the three community cards) will work with them. In a limit game their bet must be equal or higher than the set betting low limit (which would be 50cent in a 50cent$1 game).
  • After each player has completed their first round of bets three community cards are then placed in the centre of the table from the deck, face up so each player can clearly see them. This process is referred to as the flop. Each player, again starting with the player who is the big blind, places a bet according to how the flop cards work with their hole cards according to the value system explained in our Hands section. They can again either call, raise, or fold as long as their bet is equal or higher than the set betting low limit if a limit game (which would be 50cent in a 50cent/$1 game).
  • Once the dealer has made the final bet of the round a forth community card (called the turn card) is placed face up and another betting round commences. If a limit game all bets must now be equal or greater than the betting high limit (which would be $1 in a 50cent/$1 game).
  • Once this is completed a final community card is placed in the centre of the table (referred to as the river) which then commences the final and ultimate betting round. Again if a limit game all bets must now be equal or greater than the betting high limit (which would be $1 in a 50cent/$1 game).

The following rules are additional optional rules that only apply if agreed by all players prior to the first hand being played:

  • Its optional to Chop (having blind bets returned) if both big and small blind players mutually agree to start a new hand following no call from any other table player.
  • If already agreed a player immediately following the player who for that round assumes big blind may bet an over blind (meaning a bet the same or larger to the big blind) that will in affect raise the betting of the game.
  • To straddle is if you are the player preceding the big blind you have the choice to place a live bet without looking at your cards in the first round. In later rounds this will allow you to raise even if no one else has reraised.


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