Texas Hold Em

  1. A single 52-card deck is used. All cards count as its poker value. Aces may be high or low.
  1. The player to the dealer’s left must make a “small blind” bet. The player to the left of the small blind must make a “big blind” bet. The amounts of both blinds should be specified in advance. The purpose of the blinds is to get the ball rolling with some money in the pot.
  2. Two cards shall be dealt down to each player, starting with the person to the dealer’s left.
  3. The player to the left of the big blind must either call or raise the big blind bet. The play in turn will go around the table according to normal poker rules, which I assume the reader already knows. Table rules will specify any limits on the size or number of allowed raises.
  4. The small blind may also raise the big blind. If nobody raises the big blind the player making the big blind has the option to raise his own bet. The term for this is the “big blind option.”
  5. Three community cards will be dealt face up in the center of the table. This is called the “flop.”
  6. Another round of betting will ensue, starting with the player to the dealer’s left.
  7. A fourth community card will be dealt face up in the center of the table. This card is called the “turn.”
  8. Another round of betting will ensue, starting with the player to the dealer’s left. Generally, the minimum bet is double the first two rounds of betting.
  9. A fifth and final community card will be dealt face up in the center of the table. This card is called the “river.”
  10. Another round of betting will ensue, starting with the player to the dealer’s left. The minimum bet is generally the same as the previous round.
  11. Each player still in the game at the end will determine the highest poker value among his own two cards and the five community cards.
  12. If two or more players have poker values of the same rank, then the individual cards will be used to break the tie. If necessary, all five cards will be considered.
  13. If a new player arrives at the table he should either wait for the big blind position or put up an amount equal to the big blind, amounting to a call of the big blind.
  14. If a bet is made after another player runs out of money, then a separate pot is created. The player that ran out of money is not eligible to win the second pot. If more than one player runs out of money, then multiple separate pots can be created.
HAND PAYOUT
TRIPS
Royal Flush 50 To 1
Straight Flush 40 To 1
4-Of-A-Kind 30 To 1
Full House 8 To 1
Flush 7 To 1
Straight 4 To 1
3-Of-A-Kind 3 To 1
BLIND
Royal Flush 100 To 1
Straight Flush 50 To 1
4-Of-A-Kind 10 To 1
Full House 3 To 1
Flush 3 To 2
Straight 1 To 1
Other Hands Push
MUST BEAT DEALER
Before The Flop 3X OR 4X
After The Flop 2X
On The River 1X

Texas Hold Em

Texas hold’em is a simple poker game, but it can be daunting to get to grips with.