You must buy-in a minimum amount of chips
when sitting down at your chosen table.
The minimum limit is equal to ten times
the lower bet limit of the game. For example
on a $3/$6 table the minimum buy-in is
$30, on a $10/$20 table the minimum buy-in
Texas Hold 'Em uses a disc called a dealer
button to indicate where the cards are
to be dealt. Prior to the deal, the two
players to the left of the button place
live bets called the small and big blinds.
It is called a blind because players must
pay this amount before seeing their cards.
It's called live because it counts as
part of any further bets in the first
The play begins with two cards dealt
facedown to each player. Action starts
with a betting round beginning with the
player to the left of the blind bets and
continuing clockwise around the table.
Players may bet, check, raise or fold
in turn. The big blind has the privilege
of last action and may check or raise
Three community cards called "The
Flop" are then dealt up in the center
of the table and another betting round
takes place beginning with the player
to the left of the dealer button. Another
card is dealt face up (called "The
Turn") followed by a round of betting.
The fifth and last card called "The
River" is dealt face up and a final
round of betting takes place. Players
remaining in the hand will then show their
cards and the winning poker hand will
be awarded the pot. Any combination of
pocket cards and community cards may be
used to make the best five-card poker
Up to 10 players plus a dealer are seated
around a table.
In front of one of the players is a round
disc or button. This disc determines the
order of betting (posting the blinds)
and moves to the left one player at a
time, after each hand.
Before the cards are dealt at the beginning
of each hand, the two players directly
to the left of the dealer button must
post "blinds". To post a blind
is to place a bet before getting cards.
The player to the immediate left of the
dealer button posts the "small blind,"
equal to half of the minimum bet (Example:
$5 for a 10-20 game). The player to the
left of the small blind posts the "big
blind," equal to the amount of the
minimum bet (Example: $10 for a 10-20
Once the blinds have been posted, the
first round of cards is dealt. These consist
of two cards face down to each player
and are called the "pocket cards".
Each player can see his or her own pocket
Then the first round of betting takes
place, beginning with the player immediately
to the left of the big blind and continuing
in a clockwise direction around the table.
Bet amounts are fixed by the table stakes.
For example, in a 3/6 table, bets are
$3 in the first two rounds and $6 in the
last two. The bet amount can climb a maximum
of 3 times in each round of betting. In
other words, there can be one bet and
three raises in each round.
THE FLOP CARDS
Next, three cards are dealt face up in
the middle of the table. These cards are
called the "Flop". All three
cards are "community" cards
and can be used by all the players at
the table to make up their best possible
After the flop is dealt, a second round
of betting takes place, again beginning
with the player immediately to the left
of the dealer button. All subsequent rounds
of betting begin with the player to left
of the dealer button.
THE TURN CARD
Following the flop, a fourth "community"
card is dealt face up in the middle of
the table. This card is called the "Turn"
card and can also be used by all players.
It is followed by a third round of betting.
THE RIVER CARD
Finally, a fifth and final "community"
card is dealt face up in the middle of
the table. It is called the "River"
card and is followed by a fourth and final
round of betting.
Once all betting is complete, players
determine the best five-card hand that
they can make. The player with the best
five-card poker hand wins the pot. Should
multiple hands tie, the pot is split with
any odd amount going to the player immediately
to the left of the dealer.
After a hand is completed and the pot
taken by the winner, the dealer button
is moved one player to the left and the
next hand begins.