Texas Holdem is the most famous poker variant in the world
The popularity of Texas Holdem poker has been driven by the televised poker Texas Hold’em. The game has become popular in live casinos, as well as, in regular online casinos.
The basics of this game is that each player will be dealt with two cards and the dealer will also spread five cards; three will be dealt at once then two others will be dealt separately and this can be used by all players to make the best possible five-card hand. Prior to dealing another card and after its dealt, players will take turns to bet. To be in the hand, and see the upcoming card, punters are supposed to put similar amounts of chips in the pot. After all this is done, the best poker hand will win the pot chips.
This poker game is easy to learn yet it has the potential to be played with different strategies, nuance and tactics.
Rules of Texas Holdem
Before you can start playing Hold’em it would be important for you to learn about the rules first. When the game starts, each player on the table will be dealt with two private cards and these are referred to as the hole card and these are to be seen by them alone. There will be additional five community cards that will be dealt showing and these will be used to form the board. The players on the table will make use of the community cards together with their secret cards to come up with the best possible five-card hand. As the punter on the Hold’em poker table, you can make use of any combination of the seven cards availed to make the best hand, you have the liberty to use one, two or none of your hole cards.
There are different variants of the Hold’em poker and the different comes from the betting limits.
Limit Texas Holdem is one variant and this version of the poker will come with a pre-determined betting limit on every betting round.
There is the Pot Limit Texas Hold’em where the player has the liberty to wager any amount to as much as the pot size.
Another version of the Hold’em poker is the No Limit Texas Hold’em which gives the player the liberty to wager any amount to as much as all their chips.
The last major variant of Texas Hold’em is the Mixed Texas Hold’em and this is where the game switches between rounds of limit Texas Hold’em and No Limit Texas Hold’em.
If you are interested in any of these variants of Hold’em poker, they are available to play in the different online poker sites. It is advised that you play the games for free before you can invest in real money betting on the games.
Playing Texas Holdem Poker
The best way to learn how to play poker hand on is by playing the free version available in the online poker sites. This will come a long way in polishing your poker skills; in this section we will familiarize you with the rules of the game before you can start playing for real money.
In Hold’em you will come across the dealer button also known as the marker. This will be used to determine the nominal dealer for the game. Prior to the beginning of the game, the game will commence immediately clockwise and the player to first player is supposed to post the least blind which is also known as the first forced bet. The player next (clockwise) to the one who posted the small blind will be expected to post the big blind and this is usually twice the size of the small blind. The blinds will be different with regard to the stakes and betting structure played.
When you are playing on a limit poker game, the big blind is equivalent to the small bet on the game while the small blind will be equivalent to the half the big blind. The big blind can be larger and this will depend on the stakes set by the poker table for the game.
When it comes to the pot and no limit poker games, the games will be referred to by the size of their blinds. For instance; $5/$10 Hold’em game.
An ante can be placed on the game depending on the structure each slot bears. This is usually another kind of forced bet but this one is forced on all players but it is smaller than the blind. The ante is usually posted to the pot.
Every player will get their two hole cards and wagerin will proceed clockwise round the table and the action will start with the player who is clockwise from the player who posted the big blind; this is usually referred to as the player under the gun.
Betting options available for the players
Similar to other poker games, there are different actions availed and these are check, call, raise, bet, and fold. The options available will depend on the action that will be taken by the player who precedes you. When no punter has wagered, the playing punter can choose to check or bet. When a player has wagered, the subsequent player will have the choice to raise, fold or call. When you choose to call this means that you will be matching the wager placed by the previous punter and when you raise it means that you are choosing not to match the previous bet but to increase it.
After every player has seen their hole cards, every player has the option to play their hand by calling or raising on the big blind. The action needs to start clockwise of the big blind and this is said to be a live bet on this round. The player can choose to call, raise or fold.
In this round, three cards will be dealt face up on the table. This round is termed as the flop. These three cards should serve as the community cards and are available to players in the hand. Wagering on this round starts with the active player immediately clockwise from the dealer’s button. Options available to wager on are similar to those on the pre-flop round.
After the wagering is done in the flop, the turn cards are also dealt showing on the board. This is the fourth community card in Hold’em and at times is known as the fourth street. There will be another round of betting that will proceed and the active player to the left of the dealer’s button will start betting.
When betting on the turn round is finished, there is the river round where a fifth street card is dealt showing on the board. This is the last community card in hold’em poker and betting will proceed clockwise from the dealer button.
After the river session is done and there is more than one player remaining in the board, the last person to place their wager will show their cards. If there was no bet on the last round, then the punter seated to the left of the marker will show their cards first. The player who will have the best five-card poker hand will win the prize money. In an event where the hands are identical, the pot will be divided equally between the players.
Limit, Pot Limit, mixed Texas Holdem and No Limit Poker
The rules to be followed for all these variants of poker games mentioned above are the same but the exceptions are a few. Let’s have a look at them:
No Limit Texas Holdem
The least bet you can make in No Limit Hold’em is similar to the size of the big blind. Punters have the liberty to wager much more as they would want.
Pot Limit Texas Holdem
The minimum wager in the Pot Limit Hold’em is similar to the big blind but the players have the liberty to bet as much as the indicated pot amount.
The maximum raise should be as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round.
Limit Texas Holdem
The amounts to be on Limit Hold’em are pre-determined and structured. When on the pre-flop and flop rounds, all the raises and bets are similar in amount to the big blind. When on the turn and river, the size of all raises and bets will double. In Limit Hold’em as many as four bets are allowed for each player in the betting round.
Mixed Texas Holdem
In this variant of Hold’em poker, the game rounds will switch between rounds of Limit Hold’em and No Limit Hold’em. The blinds will increase when the game moves from No Limit to Limit and this will be done to maintain consistency in the average pot size of the games played.