Texas Holdem Poker

Texas Hold’em is a variation of the card game of poker. It is considered to be the most popular and most played form of Online Poker. In India, you can play Texas Hold’em poker Online at KQPOKER.COM, a trusted Indian online poker site. Here, you will learn the basics of Texas Hold’em poker:

1. Basics of Texas Hold’em

In Texas hold’em each player on a table are dealt with two cards face down; this cards are known as hole cards or hold cards. Five community cards will be shown face up in three stages such as “Flop”, “Turn” ,”River”; community cards are common for all the players at a table. The main objective of a player in Texas hold’em is to make the best possible hand out of their seven cards, which includes five community cards and two hole cards.

Dealer (The Button)

Each player at the table takes their turn as the Dealer. A dealer button is used to represent a player in the dealer position; which rotates clock wise after each hand changing the position of the dealer.

poker dealer

Blinds

In Texas hold’em, blinds take the place of an ante (forced contributions by all players). The Small blind is posted by the player positioned left of the Dealer; and the player next to the Small blind is known as Big blind. Big blind is equal to the minimum bet at a table, and the small blind is half of that.

poker blinds

2. Beginning the play

Small blind and Big blind are played automatically; while individual play begins with the first player positioned left to the Big blind. The player has the options to call the minimum bet (Big blind), raise, or to fold his cards (which can be done at any point of the game). And these three options are applicable for all players till the play reaches the big blind. If none of the players rises; the big blind has the options to either Check or Rise before the next round.

3. The Flop

Right after the first round of betting has been settled, the dealer keeps the top card of the deck face down; this card is known as burn card (discarded). After that the dealer shows next three cards out of the five community cards placed face up on the table, these three cards are known as Flop card. Each player now has 2 hole cards (personal) and 3 community cards (common). Next round of Betting or Checking begins with the player left to the Dealer.

Poker Flop

Here, {7, Q, 5} Are the Flop cards.

 

4. The Turn

After another round of Check or Raising; the dealer burns the next top card on the deck, and  shows the 4th card of the five community cards, this 4th community card is known as the Turn card. As always betting starts from the player positioned left to the Dealer.

Poker Turn

Here, {J} is the Turn card.

5. The River

After the next round of betting; the dealer burns the next top card on the deck, and then reveals the 5th card face upon the table; completing the five community cards. Players bet on the hands they have made out of the total seven cards (2 hole cards and 5 community cards), the player with the best hand (Visit: Poker Hand Rankings) among all hands generated will be confirmed as the winner of the game, and he receives the whole pot. In case if all other players folded for a bet made by a player; he will be considered as the winner and he does not need to show his or her hand.

Poker River

Here, {Q}is the River card