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The Texas Hold’em is the variant of poker most practiced worldwide. It is played in most casinos – yes, yes, even in Spain – and in all online poker rooms. It is, also, the variant in which the World Series of Poker is disputed, the essential poker tournament in the world, which is held every year in Las Vegas. And of course, through the Net, it is possible to find a Texas Hold’em game in which to play at any time of the day or night. Hold’em is a variant that every recreational player should learn.
Although the strategy of the game is involved, the rules of Texas Hold’em poker is straightforward. You can check the classification of plays of poker in this link.
If you already know the rules of Limit Hold’em, you can learn the rules of Texas Hold’em without limits on this page.
Limit Texas Hold’em Rules
First of all, depending on the economic resources and the experience you have in the game, the player can choose between different limits. In online poker rooms, tables are ranging from 1 cent for the initial bet, up to $ 500 or more.
In the game there are four rounds of bets, the amount played in the first two rounds is half that of the next two rounds. So, at a $ 1 / $ 2 table, you bet $ 1 on the first two rounds and $ 2 on the next two rounds. In each of these betting rounds, the maximum number of rises is four. That is, once a player opens with an initial bet, his opponents can rise to three times more, always in the amounts set by the table. Therefore, following our example of a table of $ 1 / $ 2, each player can risk a maximum of $ 4 in each of the first two rounds, and $ 8 in each of the following two.
Start your hand
First, there are blinds. The blinds are two mandatory bets, the small screen and the big blind, which in each round of the game must place the two players left to the left of the dealer (dealer in English). The first player to his left must put the small blind, and the player to the left of it, the big screen. The cost of the small blind is half the small bet; half a dollar on a $ 1 / $ 2 table. The high blind costs the equivalent of the small fortune; in our example, $ 1.
After placing the blinds, the dealer gives each player two cards face down. Throughout the hand, five more tickets will be placed face up in the center of the table, the so-called “community cards,” shared by all the players. In the end, each player will form his move using the best combination between his two cards and the five community cards; thus, to create the best play, the player may use one of his two hand cards, both, or none. © Poquer.com.es. xx
Once the two cards are dealt, there is the first round of betting. Start by “talking” the player who is sitting to the left of the one who has placed the big blind. The options you have fold (fold), go (call) or raise (raise). If he decides to go, he has to match the amount of the big blind. If you grow, in addition to putting the equivalent of the big blind you must raise a small additional bet ($ 1 on a table of $ 1 / $ 2). The betting turn continues clockwise until the end of the player who has placed the big blind.
If a player has risen, the next player to speak can fold (fold), go (call) or raise (raise). The turn passes to his left and concludes when all the players have contributed the same amount of money to the pot, having withdrawn those who have decided so. In case a player raises and no other matches his bet, he wins the hand automatically and takes the money from the pot.
The players who continue in the game, then see the “Flop,” which are the first three community cards of the five that the hand will consist of.
Next, there is another round of betting. This time it starts talking to the player who is sitting immediately to the left of the dealer. You can choose to go through (check) or bet (bet). If the player passes, he reserves the right to equal or surpass any bet placed behind him when he returns to play his turn. If you bet, you must contribute a small chance to the pot. The betting round continues in the same way as in the previous series, ending now in the player who acts as the dealer.
The Fourth Letter
The players who remain in hand see the fourth card, which in English is called “The Turn” or “Fourth Street.” The turn of bets that follows works in the same way as the Flop, with the difference that now the chances are double the value. At a $ 1 / $ 2 table, bets after seeing the fourth card are $ 2.
The Fifth Letter
The players who remain in hand see the fifth and last card, which in English is called “The River” or “Fifth Street,” and follows a betting turn identical to the previous one. At the end of this turn, players who remain in hand must compare their moves and take the pot whose combination of cards is higher.
To form his hand, each player uses the best combination between his two cards and five of the table. Therefore, a player can use a hand card, two or none.
In the image, the player who has started in the small blind is the one who wins, with a trio of tens. The dealer loses with a second pair of kings and queens.
In the next hand, the dealer function goes to the player who is sitting to the left of the one who just happened to be.