It’s not just a game, it’s an art. Texas Hold’em in the most popular form of poker in the United Kingdom – but don’t worry! This guide from us here at Casino 77 should have everything you need to know for your next round at home or online.
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The game of poker has been around for centuries and is still popular to this day despite its humble beginnings in the small town Robstown, Texas. Poker enthusiasts were introduced to a new way of playing their favourite pastime when it was brought to Las Vegas by California Club member Hal Dowling.
When entering any casino now you are likely to be met with a number of poker tables and variations of the game being played but without doubt the Texas Hold’em variation is most popularly played online.
Texas Hold’em is a game played between two and ten players with one dealer, which you will find in cash games or tournaments. However, if there isn’t enough dealers it can be a bit hectic to take turns dealing the cards-but of course that doesn’t come into effect when playing online.
Before cards are dealt the nominated players must put in their blinds, there is a big blind and a small blind and these rotate to the left of the dealer. The reason for doing this is to make sure there is a minimum pot for each round and to stop players from just sitting on their hands. As the game goes on the blinds will also increase to try and limit the game timewise.
Each payer gets dealt two cards and three cards get dealt into the middle, these are community cards and the first three are called ‘the flop’. Once the cards are dealt the opening round begins and starting from the player to the left of the big blind each player has the option to call the big blind (bet the same amount as the big blind), raise the big blind (bet more than the amount of the big blind) or fold their hand (no bet is placed and the player gives up their cards and sits out of this round).
Once the bets are in a card is burned by the dealer and then a fourth card is laid face up with the community cards, this is called ‘the turn’. Starting from the dealers left the players now have four options:
We now come to the final part of the game where the remaining players will be dealt a fifth community card, this is called ‘the river’. With all the cards now on the table the objective is to make the best five cards possible from the two in your hand and the five in the middle, again starting from the dealers left. This is the last opportunity for players to put their bets in, once all bets are in it is time to see who has the best hand and who will be taking home the chips.
Working down from the top you can see the best hands in Texas Hold’em.
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