Texas Holdem Rules - Learn the Basic Rules of Texas Holdem Poker
Players then use those two hole cards in combination with five communal board cards to create the best possible five-card poker hand.
Holdem is most wide spread in its no-limit form but is also often played as pot or fixed limit.
The First Betting Rounds
Texas Holdem is usually played with a small and a big blind, two forced bets that are posted before the cards are dealt.
When the blinds are posted each player is dealt two cards face down. After that it's time for the first betting round.
Starting with the player to the left of the big blind (called "Under the Gun"), players in sequence either fold, "call" the amount of the big blind (ie match the size of the big blind) or raise.
When all the remaining players have contributed an equal amount to the pot, the flop is dealt. Three cards are placed face up on the board.
These are community cards, which mean that all players are allowed to use them in order to create the best possible five-card poker hand.
A second round of betting occurs in the same manner as the previous round, except this time starting with the player directly to the left of the dealer (if he or she is still in the hand).
This is followed by the turn - a fourth community card dealt face up - and a third round of betting.
The River and the Showdown
When the fifth community card called the river is dealt the final betting round takes place. If more than one player is still in the hand after the betting is finished, there's a showdown.
The player that made the last bet or raise reveals his/her cards first; if all players check the first player after the dealer shows the cards first.
The remaining players then reveal their hands clockwise. Players that don't want to (or can't) compete for the pot can choose to muck their hands unseen.
A player can choose to use both or one of the hole cards together with the board cards to create a hand. He/she can also "play the board" - use all the five community cards to create a five-card hand.
The pot is won by the player with the best five-card poker hand. If two or more players have the same hand, the pot is split between them.