Online Texas Holdem
Texas Holdem is by far the most popular format of poker today, both in casinos and online. Several television shows are dedicated solely to Texas Hold’em tournaments, and there is even a European Poker Channel. Hold ’em is a community poker game that is extremely simple to pick up and can be played at most online poker rooms. Best of all, because of its popularity, there will never be a shortage of tables or online tournaments.
How to play Texas Holdem
Texas Holdem poker is played with a standard 52-card deck, and can include two to ten players. Each player will hold the “dealer chip” throughout the game. The player to the left of the “dealer” must make a small blind bet, and the person to left of the small blind must make a big blind bet. After each round the “dealer chip” will be passed in a clockwise direction, as will the compulsory small and big blind bets. It should be stated that the “dealer chip” does not mean that the player holding it is the card dealer – online casinos have automatic dealers – it is simply used as a means of rotating the small and big blinds around the table after each hand.
Each round of Texas Hold ’em can be broken down into five sections: Pre-flop, Flop, Turn, River, and Showdown.
The Pre-flop phase begins when each player is dealt two facedown cards (the first known as the pocket, the second known as the hole). No one sees another player’s cards until the end of each round, or until an All-In call is made, where either one or more bettors have wagered all of their chips, and no more betting can take place that round. After the pocket and hole cards have been dealt, the first round of betting occurs. Players – including the small blind bettor – must wager at least the amount of the big blind. For example, if the small blind is set at $2, and the big blind at $4, then the small blind bettor only needs to wager another $2 to “call”, whereas the other players must wager at least $4 to stay in the game.
The flop occurs after the first round of betting is complete and players have either called or folded. The dealer will place three community cards in the centre of the table, and each player can use these cards to create their best hand. After the flop, players commence a second round of betting. Unlike the first round, players have the option to “check”. No more bets have to enter the pot if every player decides to “check”, but as soon as someone makes a bet, everyone else must “call”, “raise”, or “fold”.
The dealer will then play the next community card, the Turn (also known as Fourth Street). Once again betting resumes after the fourth card has been revealed.
The River (or Fifth Street) is the fifth and final card the dealer will play each round. Unless everyone has folded, in which case the last player standing receives the contents of the pot, betting will continue for the final time before cards are revealed.
The Showdown occurs when betting is complete. All players still in the game will then, in order of whoever bet first, reveal their two cards. Whichever player has the best five-card poker hand, from all seven cards, wins the pot. If two or more players have the same highest hand then it is called a split-pot and each player receives an equal fraction of the pot. Also, if at any point a player calls All-In while other players still have chips to bet, then a second pot is created, called a side pot. The first player is then only allowed win the first pot, as they have not placed any chips into the second pot. If another player wins the round, however, they will take both pots, and the first player will have lost the game.
Texas Hold ’em is an extremely popular game because of its pace and simplicity. People around the world are playing online right now, and so can you. The best way to learn how to play Texas Hold’em is to jump right in. After just a few rounds you will already have a sound understanding of how to play, but be sure to remember that even though poker takes a minute to learn, it takes a lifetime to master.
Texas Holdem History
Texas Holdem has it roots planted firmly in Robstown, Texas. It began popping up around the state in the early 1900s, but it wasn’t until 1967 that Las Vegas officially recognized the poker derivative at the Golden Nugget Casino. Fast-forward to the 21st century, and to the explosion of Texas Hold ’em’s popularity. Several facets have been recognized as having pushed the poker game into worldwide recognition including televised poker tournaments, and the creation of online casinos. Today, both the annual World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour (WTP) hold the most popular Texas Hold ’em tournaments.