Texas Hold’em

If poker sites are the most popular form of online gambling, then Texas Hold’em is the most popular of the online poker sites. Also called Holdem, Texas Hold’em is a poker game of strategy, but is also fun to play. Learning how to play Texas Hold’em is easy; mastering the strategy can take a life time.

Texas Hold’em is usually played on a poker table in tournament style. Tournament style play is when you start with a table full of players at the poker site and play until each member of the table has run out of money and only one is left.

Now for how to play online Texas Hold’em at online poker sites:

The player immediately to the left of the dealer posts the small blind, and the next player to the left posts the big blind. Blinds are forced bets that keep pots growing and the action going. Two cards are then dealt face down to each player at the tournament table. These are the pocket cards and are used in creating the final hand for each player. The action then falls to the player to the left of the big blind for the first round of betting. He or She can either call the bet, raise, or fold. Betting then continues around the poker table.

Three cards are then dealt face up in the center of the table. The first three cards in Texas Hold’em are called the flop, and are community cards that each player can use to make their hand. How to make a hand, how to play the hand, and how to guess which cards are coming next are all part of the fun of online Texas Hold’em.
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From the flop on, betting begins with the player to the dealer’s left, the small blind, who can check or bet. Betting continues around the table until all are called. The next card from the deck is burned (dealt face down and not in play) and the next card is laid face up on the table. The fourth card is called the turn. Another round of betting begins with player to the dealer’s left.

Another card is burned and the fifth card is laid face up, this card is called the river. This completes the five community cards available to every player at the virtual online poker table. Each player will use these five cards and their two pocket cards to create the best poker hand they can. The final round of betting ensues. All players then show their cards, and the player who can make the best five-card hand wins the pot.

Now that you know how to play Texas Hold’em at a live tournament table or an online poker site, there is a world of strategy to learn. And the best way to learn strategy at anything, Texas Hold’em poker sites included, is to play play play.