Poker … even the name alone arouses excitement. Note that this card game has many followers around the world. Only, what are the rules governing poker? This is exactly what we are talking about here.
Note that the “variant” Texas Holdem is undoubtedly the most widespread discipline of poker. There are, of course, other variants such as Omaha, 5-Card Stud or even Iron Cross Poker. In all cases, the basics remain the same.
Know Texas Holdem
Generally speaking, Texas Holdem poker is a community card game. This discipline focuses both on the bets and the cards played. It is played on a table of 2 to 10 players. The objective is simple since it suffices to win all the chips for each pot.
You win a pot when you have the best hand or when you fold all the players before the showdown. Basically, we can structure Texas Holdem in 3 different parts namely the launch, the betting rounds as well as the showdown.
The game is launched when all the players are seated on the game table and have all their chips. After which, it will be necessary to designate the player who will start the game with “the dealer button”. Note that Texas Holdem works with the “rotary dealer” system. Clearly, each player will only play as a dealer for one hand. Once that hand is over, he will pass the turn to the player to his left and so on.
To designate the dealer, you can deal a card and the person with the best hand will carry that role.
Once the dealer is in place, we move on to placing the blinds. There are two types of blinds in Texas Holdem. We are talking about the small and the big. The small blind is the person to the left of the dealer and the big blind is the one to the left of the small blind. The big blind being the double value of the small blind.
The size of the blinds determines the stakes in each hand. Generally, each player should have a stack equal to 100 times the size of the big blind.
The betting rounds
Regarding the course of the games, generally, it is the first dealer who distributes the cards. Thus, he will give a card to each player clockwise. The goal is that each player has 2 cards. It is the “hole cards” or private cards.
Note that a hand, in Texas Holdem, ends when all the players at the table except one have folded or the fourth and last round of betting ends with several players in contention. It is at this stage that we will pass to the stage of slaughter or showdown. Here, players reveal their cards to determine the best combination. We will come back to this later.
Once each player has received his two cards, we move on to the “preflop” phase. Here, everyone looks at their card and says what they want to do in turn. The player to the left of the big blind decides first if he wants to fold (flod), call (call) or raise (raise).
In the first case, the player pays nothing and folds. When he wants to call he pays the same amount as the big blind and if he raises he must at least pay an amount equal to double the big blind.
Note that the betting round only ends if all the players have acted and if each player who has not folded pays the same amount into the pot.
It is after that one passes to the flop which is distributed. At this point, the dealer burns a card and places three cards face up on the table. The first post-flop betting round then begins. Note that the rules for a post-flow betting round are the same as in pre-flop.
If there is still more than one player in contention after the river (5th game turn), then we go to showdown or showdown. Remember, at this stage, the best hand wins the game.
Note that the first player to bet on the river or river must show his cards first. Of course, other players can do it before him if they wish.
Otherwise, if everyone has just called or checked on the river, then the player closest to the button should show their cards first.
On the other hand, if a player knows that he has a losing hand, he may not show his cards and throw them directly meaning that he abandons the pot.