Texas Hold’em poker

Driven by the popularity of television poker, Texas Hold’em (more commonly ‘Hold’em’) has become the most popular poker game in the world. We’ll cover that in more detail below, but here are the key points you need to know:
  • Each player is given two cards for their eyes only
  • The dealer deals five players three at a time, then another, then another card, making five cards that are best used by all players.
  • Players take turns betting before and after each card. To stay in hand and see the next card, all players must have the same amount of chips in the pot
  • The best poker hand wins the pot
It’s a simple game that’s easy to learn, but you can play with seemingly limitless strategies, tactics, and intricacies.

Texas Hold'em rules

You will want to learn the rules before you start playing Hold’em. In Hold’em, only two personal cards (called “hole cards”) are dealt to each player. Five community cards are dealt face up, creating a “board.” All players in the game use these shared community cards in conjunction with their hole card to make the best five-card poker hand. In Hold’em, a player can use any combination of seven cards available and use a poker hand with the highest five cards. To view poker hand rankings, visit the poker hand rank page.

The four main versions of Hold’em differ in their betting limits.

Texas Hold’em Limits: There are pre-determined betting limits at each betting stage.
Unlimited Texas Hold’em: Players can bet any amount of up to all their chips.
Pot Pot Limit Texas Hold’em: Players can bet on any amount up to the size of the pot.
Mixed Texas Hold’em: The game moves between two rounds: Limit Texas Hold’em and No Limit Texas Hold’em.

Each of these Hold’em versions can be played for free (play money) or real money on PokerStars.

How to play Texas Hold'em


In Hold’em, the symbol ‘button’ or ‘dealer button’ indicates which player is the dealer. Before the game begins, the player places a “small blind” directly clockwise from the button and bets on the first force. The player places a “large blind” directly clockwise from the small blind, which is usually twice the size of the small blind, but the curtain may vary depending on the structure of the stake and the bet.

In restriction games, the big blind is the same as the small bet, and the small blind is usually equal to half of the big blind, but can be larger depending on the stake. For example, in a $ 2 / $ 4 Limit game, the small blind is $ 1 and the big blind is $ 2. In the $ 15 / $ 30 Limit game, the small blind is $ 10 and the large blind is $ 15.

In Pot Limit and No Limit games, the game is called the size of the curtain (for example, $ 1 / $ 2 Hold’em game has a small blind for $ 1 and a large blind for $ 2).

Depending on the structure of the game, each player can place an ‘ante’ (another forced bet, usually less than two blinds, placed on all players at the table).

Now each player gets his own two hole cards. The betting process starts clockwise from the player “under the gun” (clockwise directly from the big blind) around the table.

Player betting options

In Hold’em, as in other poker, the possible actions are “folded”, “check”, “bet”, “call” or “raise”. Exactly what options are available depends on the actions taken by previous players. If no one has made a bet yet, the player can check or refuse to bet, but leave the card) or place a bet. If a player bets, the next player can fold, call, and raise. The call corresponds to the previous player’s bet. The raise will not only match the previous bet, but will also increase.

Preliminary flop

After seeing his hole, each player was able to play his hand by calling or raising a large blind. The action starts on the left side of the big blinds and is considered a ‘direct’ bet in this circle. This player can be folded, loaded or raised. For example, if a large blind was $ 2, it would cost $ 2 to make a call, or at least $ 4 to raise. The activity then moves clockwise around the table. Note: The betting structure varies depending on the version of the game. A description of the betting activities at Limit Hold’em, Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Hold’em can be found below. The bet continues on each bet until all active players (not folded) have placed an equal bet on the pot.


Now three cards are dealt face up on the board. This is called a ‘flop’. In Hold’em, the three cards are public cards and are open to all players on hand. Betting on the flop starts directly from the active player button clockwise. The betting options are similar to the pre-flop, but if no one has bet before, players can check this action clockwise by passing it to the next active player.


When the betting is completed on the flop stage, the “turn” is displayed face to face on the board. This turn is the fourth public card in Hold’em (also sometimes called “Fourth Street”). Another round of betting begins and the active player starts clockwise directly from the button.


When the bet is completed, the “main” or “fifth street” is displayed face down on the board. The key is the fifth, public card in the Hold’em game. Re-betting starts directly clockwise from the active player button, and the same rules of betting and spinning apply as described above.


If more than one player is left at the end of the final bet, the person who made the last bet or raised will show the card if no bet is made in the last round. . The best five-card poker player wins the pot. In the case of the same hand, the pot is divided equally between the players with the best hands. The rules of Hold’em state that all suits are equal.

After the pot is awarded, the new hand of Hold’em is ready to be played. The button now moves clockwise to the next player, repositioning the sticker and ant, and distributing a new hand to each player.

Unlimited, Unlimited, Pot Limit and Mixed Texas Hold'em

The rules of Hold’em do not change for poker games such as Limit, Limit, Pot Limit, and there are a number of exceptions.
  • Limited Texas Hold’em bets are calculated on a predetermined, structured amount. All bets and increases on the pre- and flops are the same size as the big blind. All bets and lifts on the turn and the river are doubled. Limit Hold’em allows up to four bets per player per bet. These include (1) betting, (2) raising, (3) multiplying, and (4) upper limit (final growth).
  • Unlimited Texas Hold’em No Limit Hold’em- ‘s minimum bet is the same as the size of the big blinds, but players can bet as much as they want on all the lines they want. Minimum Increase: In Unlimited Hold’em, the payout amount must be at least the previous bet or the same amount increased at the same stage. For example, if the first player bets $ 5, the second player must raise at least $ 5 ($ 10 in total). Maximum increase: The size of your stack (chips on the table). There is no limit to the number of increments allowed in Unlimited Hold’em.
  • Pot Limit Texas Hold’em Pot Limit Hold’em- ‘s minimum bet is the same as the size of the big blind, but players can bet on the size of the pot. Minimum increase: Salary must be at least the same as the previous bet or added at the same stage. For example, if the first player bets $ 5, the second player must raise at least $ 5 ($ 10 in total). Maximum Raise: The total amount of active pot, plus all the bets on the table, the amount that the player must first call before raising. Example: If the size of the pot is $ 100, the player can bet a maximum of $ 100 if no action has been taken at a particular betting stage. After this bet, the action moves clockwise to the next player. This player can fold $ 100, call, or increase the maximum amount between the minimum (over $ 100). In this case, the maximum bet amount will be $ 400. The lifter first calls for $ 100, raises the tank size to $ 300, then raises an additional $ 300 to bet a total of $ 400. The number of increments allowed in Pot Limit Hold’em is not labeled “cap.”
  • Mixed Texas Hold’em- In Mixed Hold’em, you switch between two rounds: Limit Hold’em and No Limit Hold’em. Stickers are usually added when the game moves from Infinity to Limit, so that the average size of the pot for each game is a little more stable. The rules of each round follow the rules of the game, as described above.
It is not possible to place minimum or maximum bets on PokerStars software. The betting slider and the betting window only allow you to place bets within the allowed threshold.

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