The goal of Hold’ em Poker is to win the betting pool or pot with the highest ranking five-card poker hand attainable out of the seven (two personal and five community cards) available. Traditional Poker Hand rankings apply.
- Texas Hold’em is a game played with a standard 52 card deck.
- Hold’em Poker involves an individual player receiving two uninterrupted cards dealt face down followed by a round of betting.
- Three community cards are then turned face up in the center of the table and followed by a second round of betting.
- At this point, each player has a total of five cards, two personal cards dealt face down and three exposed community cards which he or she shares with the other active players at the table.
- Two additional community cards are then dealt face up, one at a time, next to the initial three cards with a round of betting following the delivery of each of these cards.
- After the fifth and final card has been dealt, the final betting round takes place.
- All Hold’em games employ a House Dealer.
- All Hold’em games utilize a Dealer Button to represent the player at the table who, in theory, is dealing the hand. The Dealer Button moves clockwise around the table to the next player after the completion of each hand.
- The player with the Dealer Button is the last to receive cards on the initial deal and has the right of last action on all betting rounds except the first.
- One or more blind bets are used to start the action and initiate play. Blinds are posted by players who sit in consecutive order from the Dealer Button.
- Action is initiated on the first betting round by the player on the immediate left of the last blind.
- On all subsequent betting rounds the action is begun by the first active player clockwise from the button.
- All blinds are "live", meaning the player with a blind has the option of raising the pot when the action reaches him even if there has been no previous raise.
This is a very brief description of Texas Hold’em (poker) rules. For complete rules please see a Casino Floor Manager.