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How to play Holdem

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Learn the rules to the card game Texas Hold’em quickly and concisely - This visually rich video has no distractions, just the rules. Texas hold 'em (also known as Texas holdem, hold 'em, and holdem) is a variation of the card game of poker.
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The object of Texas Hold’em is to be the last player standing. Setup: Each player is given an equal number of chips. Give one player the dealer button, this tracks who is the dealer. The player to the left of the dealer receives the small blind and next player to the left receives the big blinds. When there are two players left in the game, the dealer is the small blinds and the other player is the big blinds.

Using a standard 52 card deck of playing cards without jokers, shuffle the deck and deal 2 cards facedown to each player. These cards are called your “hole cards” or “pocket cards”. You may look at these but do not show them to other players.

After the cards are dealt, the player to the left of the big blind is the first to act during the first betting round. If any players call the big blind, the big blind is then given an extra opportunity to raise. This is known as a live blind. If the live blind checks, the betting round then ends.

Generally, the "big blind" is equal to the minimum bet. The "small blind" is normally half the big blind. If the small blind is an impractical half number, round down. The blinds exist when playing without antes.

If you choose to play without blinds then the minimum bet is then the lowest denomination chip in play, and tossing only one chip is considered as a call. Anything higher than that is considered a raise. Poker without blinds is usually played with everyone posting an ante to receive cards.

When only two players remain, special 'head-to-head' or 'heads up' rules are enforced and the blinds are posted differently. The person with the dealer button posts the small blind, while his/her opponent places the big blind. The dealer acts first before the flop. After the flop, the dealer acts last and continues to do so for the remainder of the hand.

The three most common variations of hold 'em are limit hold 'em, no-limit hold 'em and pot-limit hold 'em. Game style should be decided before play begins.

In limit hold 'em, bets and raises during the first two rounds of betting, the pre-flop and the flop, must be equal to the big blind; this amount is called the small bet. In the next two rounds of betting, the turn and the river, bets and raises must be equal to twice the big blind; this amount is called the big bet.

In no-limit hold 'em, players may bet or raise any amount over the minimum raise up to all of the chips the player has at the table, called an all-in bet. The minimum raise is equal to the size of the previous bet or raise. If someone wishes to re-raise, they must raise at least the amount of the previous raise. For example, if the big blind is 2 and there is a raise of 6 to a total of 8, a re-raise must be at least 6 more. If a raise or re-raise is all-in and does not equal the size of the previous raise, the initial raiser cannot re-raise again.

In pot-limit hold 'em, the maximum raise is the current size of the pot, including the amount needed to call.

After each player receives their hole cards you enter the “pre-flop” betting round. The player left of the big blind, or left of the dealer if no blinds are being used, starts by either a check, bet, or fold. A round of betting continues until every player has folded, put in all of their chips, or matched the amount put in by all other active players.
Check means you don’t raise or fold but instead pass on your turn. If another player bets, after you check, then you’ll be forced to bet once play gets back around to you.

Anytime all but one player folds, the hand ends and the last player takes the pot. If there are still players active when all the betting has finished, the dealer discards the top card of the deck facedown, called a burn, and then deals three face up community cards in the middle of the table. This is called the flop and is followed by a 2nd round of betting. This and all subsequent betting rounds begin with the player to the dealer's left and continue clockwise.

After the flop betting round ends, the dealer burns the top card then deals a single faceup community card, called “the turn” or “fourth street”, to the middle of the table. This is followed by a third betting round, then the dealer burns the top card from the deck and deals a final single community card, called “the river” or “fifth street”, faceup to the middle of the table. This is followed by a fourth betting round and then the showdown, if necessary....

Date Added: 2020-07-31

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