Texas Hold’em Table Game – A Beginner’s Look

Today, NETimeGambling continues its series on Beginner’s Tips. Today, we look at Texas Hold’em – the casino table game.

Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker

If you recall, the big poker boom in the early 2000’s was centered around Texas Holdem Poker.  Coverage on television also fed the seemingly poker starved fans especially after Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2003 he was the first player to do so by qualifying at an online poker site. His $2,5 million dollar win had a huge effect on the growth of poker world wide. Online poker started growing immensely and Texas Holdem was now the game to play.

We turn once again turn to poker expert, Toby Bochan, from All About GamblingToby Leah Bochan is the author of The Badass Girl’s Guide to Poker, has written for Woman Poker Player Magazine, and contributed to Women’s Poker Night.

According to Toby, If you’re familiar with how to play Texas Hold’em, it should be a snap to understand & sit down and play. Here are the basic rules:

  1. To start playing, each player puts up an ante wager, and have the option of putting up a bonus jackpot wager as well.
  2. Each player and the dealer are dealt two cards, face-down. These are the hole cards.casino_holdem_345x230_1
  3. If you want to play your hand, you put down a bet that’s exactly twice the amount of your ante. In other words, if your ante bet was $5 and you want to play, you have to put down exactly $10. If you decide not to play and fold, you lose your ante bet.
  4. The dealer deals three cards face-up in the center of the table. This is also known as the flop. These three cards are community cards, meaning all players can (and will) use them to make their final five-card hand.

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    Community Cards for all players.
  5. Players now have the option to bet again, and can only bet the same amount as the ante (so if the ante was $5, the bet is $5 this time). Or players can check, which means they don’t bet. You don’t have to bet — you get to keep playing whether you bet or check.
  6. A fourth community card is dealt face-up. This is also known as the turn.
  7. Again, players can bet or check. The bet is again the same amount as the ante bet. This is the last opportunity for players to bet. Again, you don’t have to place a bet here to keep playing.
  8. A fifth and final community card is dealt face-up on the table. This is known as the river.
  9. The dealer turns up his/her cards and shows what the best five-card poke hand the house can make, combining the dealer’s hole cards and the community cards.
  10. Player by player, the dealer will turn over each player’s hole cards and determine the best five-card poker hand. To make the best five-card hand each player can use one, two, or none of his hole cards in combination with the five face-up community cards. The dealers are trained to pick out each player’s best hand, but you should also be able to tell what your best hand is. Make sure you know what beats what in poker.
  11. The dealer determines if the player’s hand or the dealer’s hand is higher.
  12. If the player has the higher hand, he/she wins. The house pays 1-1 on all bets, and in some cases, the ante as well
  13. If the player loses, the house takes all the bets & the ante, too.

Ultimate-Texas-HoldemUltimate Texas Hold’em, by ShuffleMaster

Ultimate Texas Hold’emSM features head-to-head play against the dealer, and a fun side bet that pays odds if the player’s final five-card hand is a Three-of-a-Kind or better.

How to Play
To begin each round, players make equal bets in the Ante and Blind circles and may also make the Trips bonus bet. Once players receive their two hole-cards, they can either check or bet three to four times their Ante.ultimate-holdem

The dealer then reveals the three-card flop. If players haven’t already made a Play bet, they can check or bet two times their Ante. The dealer then reveals the turn and the river, and if players have not already bet, they can fold or bet one times their Ante.

Next, the dealer reveals his or her two hold-cards and announces the hand. If the player’s hand beats the dealer, his or her Play and Ante bets win even money. If the dealer’s hand beats the player’s, the player’s wagers lose.

If the player’s hand ties the dealer’s hand, the player’s bets push. The Blind bet pays if the player’s winning hand is at least a Straight, but if the player beats the dealer with less than a Straight, it pushes. The dealer needs at least a pair to qualify. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, he or she returns each player’s Ante and all other bets receive action.