Texas holdem poker online is known as the most popular of all poker online variations. All of the tournaments in the world (WSOP, WPT, EPT, etc.) are included in a variation of this game.
Introduction about Texas holdem Poker Online
Do not let the simplicity of the game mislead you. The number of possible game situations is so huge that, when playing at a high level, the game can be quite complicated. Thus the renowned saying: It takes a moment to learn, but a lifetime to master.
When you play the game for the first time, you will get to know some of the basic rules which are specified below. For beginners, each player is dealt 2 hole cards in Texas holdem with the overall goal of making the best 5-card hand. Play moves clockwise around the table, beginning with action to the left of the dealer button. In general, the first two players to the immediate left of the button are requested to post a small blind and a large blind to start the betting. From there, action happens on multiple streets: preflop, the flop, the turn and the river.
The button decides which player at the table is the acting dealer. In Texas holdem online, the player on button, or last active player closest to the button, gets last action on all post-flop streets of play.
When playing in casinos or Texas holdem online, you will not have to worry about who the dealer is. When you play with friends, everyone usually takes turn dealing the cards. After each hand has been finished, the button rotates one position to the left. When staff dealers handle the duty of dealing out the cards in land based casinos, and the process is automated online, this is not the case in home games. A tip is to find the most skillful dealer in the game, invite him or her a beer or a small tip and have them deal the game when the button keeps track of which player is the “dealer.”
When the dealer button often dictates who the first players are to begin the betting with the small blind and big blind, it decides where the dealing of the cards starts as well. The player to the immediate left of the dealer button in the small blind, gets the first card and then the dealer pitches cards around the table in a clockwise motion from players to players until each has received two initial cards.
Before every new round, 2 players at the table have to to post blinds, or forced bets which start the betting. Without these blinds, the game would not be very interesting because no one would be requested to put any money into the pot. In tournament, the blinds are raised regularly. As the number of players keeps reducing and the stacks of the remaining players keep getting larger, it is necessary that the blinds keep increasing throughout a tournament. In cash games, the blinds stay the same for a given limit of which the game is played.
The player to the left of the button posts the small blind and the player to his or her direct left posts the large blind. The small blind is often half the amount of the big blind, even though this stipulation varies from room to room and can depend on the game which is being played.
The Aim of the Game
Winnings, of course! But to get this, you have to hold the best combination of cards.
In Texas holdem online, every player gets two cards face down, known as hole cards. Every player keeps these cards to hidden until the end of all of the wagering rounds, which is the showdown. Texas holdem is a game of community cards, in which 5 cards are shown in the middle of the table to be used in conjunction with a player’s two hole cards to make the best 5-card holding.
The five community cards are shown in the middle of the table on the flop, the turn and the river. The flop contains the first 3 community cards, the turn adds another and the river completes the board with one more. These 5 cards are seen for every player. Once all 5 cards are down, players have to make the best 5-card combination from these 7 cards. This is done by using both of your hole cards in combination with 3 community cards, 1 hole card in combination with 4 community cards or no hole cards and playing all 5 community cards as one’s hand. The player who gets the best combination of cards will win the pot, which is the sum of all bets placed during that hand.
First Poker Online Betting Round
The first betting round occurs right after all hole cards are dealt to each player. The first player who has right to act is the player to the left of the big blind, and this player has 3 options:
Call: match the amount of the big blind
Raise: Raise the bet within the specific limit of the game
Fold: throw one’s hand away
If the player decides to fold, he or she is not qualified to win the current hand any more.
The amount a player can increase to depends on the game which is being played, but most commonly must be at least twice the big blind.
Limit hold’em: you can only increase by the amount of the big blind
Pot-limit hold’em: you can only increase a maximum of the pot size (the total bets which have been placed at that time)
No-limit hold’em: you can increase by any amount you wish up to the maximum your chip stack allows, and betting all of your chips is deemed “all in”
The players following have the same 3 options: call, increase or fold. In the case of raise, the minimum amount for an increase should be equal to the initial raise amount. For instance, let’s say the big blind in a game is $10 and the first player to act increase to $40 in a game of no-limit holdem. The second player to act has the option to call for $40, fold and no longer play the hand, or increase to $70 as the first raise amount of $30, the difference between the bet placed and the initial big blind.
Second Wagering Round
Once the first preflop round is, the second betting round happens on the flop after the first 3 community cards have been dealt. In this betting round, and all that follow from now on, action begins with the first active player to the left of the button. Along with the options to bet, call, fold and raise, a player now has the option to check if no wagering action took place prior. A check simply means to pass the action to the next player in the hand.
The third Betting Round
The fourth community card, is the turn, is dealt face-up following all wagering action on the flop. Once this has been finished, another round of betting occurs, like that on the previous street of play. Players have options to bet, call, fold, raise and check.
Final Betting Round
The fifth community card, is the river, is dealt face up following all wagering action on the turn. Once this is completed, another round of betting takes place, similar to that on the previous street of play. Again players have the options to bet, call, fold, raise and check. When all wagering action has been done, the remaining players in the hand with hole cards now expose their holding to decide a winner. This is called the showdown.
The remaining players disclose their hole cards, and with the help of the dealer, a winning hand is decided. The player with the best combination of 5 cards will be the poker online winner.
Now that you know the rules, give it a try to poker online for real money now!