How to Play Texas Hold'em
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- The Players to the left of the Dealer begin the game by posting the blind
bets. The Player on the Dealer's left posts a small blind bet, and the
Player on the Small Blind's left posts a big blind bet. Note: The Dealer's
position at the table changes after every game. The dealer button (D) shows
the Dealer's position at the table.
- Two pocket cards are dealt to each Player.
- In the first round, the Player to the Big Blind's left plays first
and can either:
Note: In the first round, betting is capped at one bet and three
raises per Player. Players cannot check in the first betting round because
the Blinds are bets, not antes.
- In the second round, three community cards are dealt. This is
called the Flop. A round of betting follows, and Players can either:
- In the third round, a fourth community card is dealt. This is
called the Turn. Another round of betting follows.
- In the fourth round, a fifth and final community card is dealt.
This is called the River Card. The final round of betting follows. The
remaining Players then use their two pocket cards and the five community
cards to create the best five-card hand possible. The winner takes the pot.
Note: If two or more Players have the same hand, the pot is split
equally between them.