Texas Hold’em is the most common form of the online poker; it is the game that is played the most by online poker players.
The game begins when all the players at the table receive two “hole” cards each. These are cards that nobody can see apart from the individual player holding his/her own two cards. Then five “community” cards are dealt in various rounds which are visible to all the players at the table. Players have to make a hand consisting of in total five cards using their hole cards and the community cards. It is possible that a player only uses the five community cards or a combination of all hole cards and only three community cards. Any combination is possible, as long as the player has a five-card hand to play with.
The game consists of four betting rounds, the first betting round starts after everyone has their hole cards. After everyone has bet or folded the next round will start and three community cards will be placed on the table, face up. The second betting round will now commence until everyone has once again bet or folded. One more community card will be placed on the table face up so that there is a total of four community cards. The third betting round will now start. After everyone has folded or bet the fifth and final community card will be placed on the table face up. The last betting round can now take place between the players that are left in the game. After all the betting and folding has finished it is time for the showdown.
What you have just read is a short explanation of how the game Texas Hold’em proceeds. The following will give you an idea of some terms that you need to know when playing online poker. We suggest that you read this page and then go to one of our selected online poker rooms and just watch a few hands being played by other people. This will give you a good idea of what is happening and you will fully understand it all. If you would like to know more about the different poker terms and jargon then please visit our online poker dictionary.
Blinds: the two people left of the dealer have to post blinds. This ensures that there is some cash in the pot before the game starts. The person left of the dealer has to post the “small blind” and the person next to him/her has to post the “big blind”. These bets are called blind because they are posted before any cards are dealt.
Pre Flop: after everyone has got their hole cards and the two blinds have been posted, the person who posted the small blind will start the betting, this person can, call, fold, raise or check. Whatever the player decides to do the next person on the right has to make their decision. If someone has called or raised then the next player either has to call or raise as well. The Pre Flop is basically the term used for the first betting round.
Flop: this is the term user for the second betting round. Everyone has got their two hole cards and there are three community cards face up on the table.
Turn: this is the term used to describe the third betting round, there are now four community cards on the table.
River: this is the term used to describe the fourth and final betting round. All five community cards are laying on the table and players have to make the best hand of five cards using their hole cards and the community cards.
Showdown: this is when there is no more betting and all the players still in the game have to show their cards.