Poker Rules

Texas Hold'em Rules

Hold‘em uses a flat disc called a dealer button to indicate the player who, in theory, deals the cards for that pot. The button (player with the dealer button) is last to receive cards on the initial deal and has the right of last-action on all betting rounds, except the first.

On the first round one or more blind bets are used to stimulate action and initiate play. Blinds are posted before a player looks at his cards. Blinds count as part of the player’s bet.

Blinds are posted by players who sit in consecutive clockwise order from the button. Action is initiated on the first betting round by the player on the immediate left of the person who posted the furthest blind clockwise from the button. The Blinds act last on the first betting round and are “live” which means the player is allowed to raise his own blind bet.

Each player receives two cards as his initial hand. There is a round of betting after these cards have been dealt.

Three board cards are turned simultaneously (which is called “the flop”) and are community cards available to all players. Another round of betting takes place.

The next two board cards are turned one at a time with a round of betting after each one.

After the final round of betting has been completed, a player may use any combination of five cards (one in his hand, four from the board, etc.) to determine his best hand. A player may use all of the board cards (called “playing the board”).

The best 5-card poker hand wins the pot.

In all Hold ‘em games a bet and 4 raises are allowed.


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