Texas Hold’em Poker Rules

They say that the rules of Texas Hold’em Poker can be learned in just a few minutes but it requires a lifetime to master the game. Listed below are the basic rules of Texas Hold’em Poker to help you on your way towards becoming a poker professional.
Poker Cards
Texas Hold’em is played with the standard deck of 52 cards, with the Ace card having the highest rank. The goal of the game is to form the best five-card poker hand, based on the standard poker hands ranking.
Players are initially dealt two face-down cards, called the pocket cards or hole cards. After an initial round of betting, three community cards are dealt face up on the table. These cards are called the flop.
Following another round of betting, the fourth community card, known as the turn, is dealt face up on the table. After another round of betting, the fifth and final community card, known as the river, is dealt face up on the table.
After the final betting round any players left in the hand reach the showdown, where the best poker hand wins the pot.
The Dealer
The person who deals the card is represented by a button on the online poker table. The button moves to the next player around the table after each hand.
Blinds
The blinds are forced bets to ensure that there are chips in the pot. The small blind is posted by the first player sitting to the left of the dealer and the big blind is posted by the player sitting to the small blind’s left. The small blind is equal to half of the big blind. The “small blind” is equivalent to half of the minimum stake (e.g. $2.5 for a $5/$10 game). The “big blind” is equivalent to the full amount of the minimum stake (e.g. $5 for a $5/$10 game). In cash games, the blinds remain the same all the time, but in tournaments, the blinds increase periodically.
Limits
Three variations of Texas Hold’em define the permitted betting structures. In Limit Hold’em, bets and raises during the first two betting rounds are limited to the size of the big blind, while in the later betting rounds they are double the size of the big blinds. In Pot Limit Hold’em, the maximum raise is limited to the current size of the pot. In No Limit Hold’em, players can raise any amount of chips over the minimum bet.
A Hand of Poker
After the blinds have been posted, the betting structure and the dealing of the flop and additional community cards follow a standard order. Listed here is a typical Texas Hold’em game round.
Pocket Cards: Once the blinds have been posted, players are each dealt two face-down pockets cards.
1st Betting Round: The player sitting to the left of the big blind begins the betting round, which proceeds in a clockwise direction. Players may choose to either “fold”, “call” or “raise”. At this stage, the maximum raise is set according to the lower table stake, e.g., $5 in a $5/$10 games.
The Flop: Three community cards, known as “the flop”, are dealt face-up.
2nd Betting Round: Same rules as round 1 above.
The Turn: The fourth community card, known as “the turn”, is dealt face up.
3rd Betting Round: Proceeds similarly to rounds 1 and 2 above, however, table stakes are set according to the higher amount, e.g., $10 in a $5/$10 games.
The River: The fifth community card, known as the “the river” is dealt face-up.
4th Betting Round: The final betting round. Same rules as round 3 above.
The Showdown: If you prefer not to show your hand you can opt to “muck” at this stage, which simply means to fold your cards. In order to win, you must have the highest ranking 5-card hand, which can be made up of your pocket cards and/or any of the community cards. In the event that players have equal ranking hands, the pot will be split between them.
Start Over: The next game commences with the dealer button moving one seat to the left.

Poker Bets
Betting System: The betting round always proceeds in a clockwise direction, beginning with the player sitting to the left of the big blind.
Check/Call: Checking does not require placing additional money in the pot, and is only possible if no other player has placed a bet before you. If they have placed a bet, and you would like to continue, you must either “call” (bet the same amount), or raise.
Bet/Raise/Reraise: In each betting round a maximum of one bet and three raises may be made (bet, raise, and two re-raises), at which time the round is capped and the next community card is dealt. As mentioned above, betting amounts are determined by the table stakes. The first two rounds are limited to the lower stake and the latter two rounds to the higher stake, e.g. $5 and $10, respectively, in a $5/$10 table.
All-in: If you run out of chips but would like to continue playing a hand that you believe stands a chance of winning, you can choose to go “all-in” instead of folding. The pot will then be divided into main and side pots, and any further chips are placed in the side pot. In the event that you win the game, you’ll receive the main pot and the second best hand will receive the side pot. If more than one player chooses to go all-in, then additional side pots are created and divided according to the top-ranked hands and the order in which the players went all-in. If a player who did not go all-in has the top-ranking hand, that player wins both the main and side pots.
Fold
Choosing to fold after you have posted a blind, bet, or raised, effectively means you have lost that money, and that you cannot re-enter the game until the next hand.

Other Poker Rules
Listed below is a selection of Texas Hold’em rules that are valid for both online play and gaming at a casino. This should not be regarded as a complete or official list, but rather a partial listing of the many individual rules that define the game of Texas Hold’em.
** Players must post their blinds and antes before the cards of the hand are dealt.
** In no limit or pot limit, a bet must be at least the amount of the big blind.
** In no limit or pot limit, a raise must be at least the amount of the previous bet.
** In the case of a split pot when there are two or more high hands, the chips will be split as evenly as possible with any leftover chips given to the winning player based on his position left of the button.
** Initial tournament seats will be randomly assigned.
** Players reassigned to a new tournament table will assume the responsibilities of their new position. They may receive any position from blind to button.
** Prior to the “bubble”, the tournament may be played “hand-for-hand”.
** Cashing out part of a player’s chip stack from a cash game is not allowed.