The dealer will deal two hole cards to each player, starting with the one immediately to his left. Once the distribution of the cards is finished, the action passes to the player sitting in the seat after the big blind who can decide whether to fold, see the bet (ie that of the big blind) or raise by adding money to the initial bet; any player speaking for the first time in the hand has the option to raise for an amount equal to at least double the big blind. No player who raises can do it further if no one has done so after his first bet; the first round of betting, called Pre-flop, ends with the player on the big blind who has the right to knock (check) if no one has raised his bet or when the last raise made is called.
Flop and second round of betting
Then the dealer burns a card from the deck (eliminates the first card face down) and reveals the next three cards simultaneously on the table (Flop). Each player can use these 3 cards together with those that will be revealed later (“community cards”), to try to form the best possible point with the hole cards they have received. This is done using the standard poker value scale.
The first player to speak in this betting round is the one immediately to the left of the dealer, the “small blind”; he can decide whether to “check”, bet or even fold (there is no convenience in passing by speaking first).
Turn and third round of betting
We arrive at the Turn: the action is the same as previously said for the flop; the dealer burns a card but, in this case, he turns only one face up and the same betting round is made.
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River and final round of betting
Finally, after having burned a further and final card, the dealer turns over the fifth and final “community cards”, the River, which is followed by the final round of betting. At this point, in case of bets (“bet”), the last player NOT to pass wins the “pot” (pot) and can decide not to show the cards to the other players (muck) by throwing them into the deck. This situation, of course, can also occur in previous betting rounds.
Showdown and award of the pot to the winner (s)
In some cases you can get to the showdown (show your cards to the entire table), specifically when one or more players see (they “call”) the last bet made at the table or in the event that all players involved on the river (which can be two to the entire table) check; in that case the cards are revealed, starting with the player who first made the bet, and who has the best point is evaluated. After the first player has discovered his hand, the others, if beaten, may decide to “muck” and throw their cards into the deck so as not to discover their game.
In the event that the highest point, for the players involved in the hand, is given exclusively by the 5 cards on the ground or in the event of a tie in the point scored, the players involved with this point in the hand will divide the pot in equal parts (“splitpot”).
Variants of Texas Hold’em
Texas Hold’em is divided into 3 variants: limit, pot limit and no limit. The difference lies in the fact that in the first the bets are limited and the amount of bets and raises must necessarily be equal to the big blind; in pot limit instead you can raise up to the full amount of the pot; in no limit you can bet up to your rest (“all in”) by putting all the “chips” in your possession into the pot.
You have now learned all the general texas hold’em poker rules. We therefore wish you good luck at the tables!