Top 10 Facts about Texas Hold'em

Facts about Texas Hold'em

There is no question that Texas Hold'em is one of the most popular forms of Poker, in fact it is actually one of the most popular games played on the internet. It is one of the easier versions of poker and it does not take long to learn how to play. I have provided a list below of important facts, rules and Texas Hold'em terms that everyone must know before heading to your next Texas Hold'em game.

1. In Texas Hold'em players complete for what is known as "the pot". The pot can consist of money and/or chips.

2. There are five community cards which are placed by the dealer. The first three cards are called "the flop", the fourth card is known as "the turn" and the fifth card is called "the river". Each player is dealt two private cards face down, which are also known as "pocket cards".

3. Bets can be made by any player prior to the flop, on the flop, on the turn and/or on the river. During the game players have the option to bet, check or fold.

4. Texas Hold'em was first introduced to Las Vegas in 1967 by a group of Texan gamblers and card players. The game was only offered in the Golden Nugget Casino for the first couple of years.

5. Texas Hold'em became very popular in the early 2000's due to the increase in television exposure and the ease of playing the game on the internet. Most people are familiar with the no-limit version of this game, since this is how it is played on the World Series of Poker. Other versions of the game include limit and pot-limit.

6. A dealer button represents who the dealer is, it rotates clockwise after each hand is complete. A small blind is the player to the left of the dealer and the big blind is the player to the left of the small blind. The blind bets are forced bets by two players. It is common in hold'em tournaments for the blinds to increase as the tournament progressees. When there are two players left the person that is the dealer would be the small blind. When dealing the cards the player that is the small blind receives the first card.

7. The best hand in Texas Hold'em is a Royal Flush. This consists of an Ace high straight all of the same suit. The odds of getting this hand are approximatley 1 in every 650,000 hands. The next best hand is a Straight Flush, then a Four of a Kind, a Full House, a Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Two Pair and One Pair. When none of the players left in the round have any of the ranks of hands in Texas Hold'em then the player with the highest card will win the pot.

8. Once a hand has been completed the pot is awarded to the player with the best hand, or can also be divided between two players that have equal hands, also known as a tie.

9. In order to prevent cheating the player that is the delater must discard the top card of the deck, which is known as the Burn Card. This prevents players being able to see what the next community card will be. Each time a dealer puts down a new community card they have to burn a card.

10. Once the last community card has bee dealt and all bets have been made the remaining players must reveal their hands, this is known as the showdown. The player to the left of the last person to call is the first player to reveal their hand.

Good Luck!