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Rules are an important part of any game. Texas Holdem Poker starts with the two players to the left of the dealer betting a certain amount of money before they even see their cards. Sounds a little strange if you have never played this game but it is commonly referred to as posting the blind (or blinds)..

As it turns out two players put a predetermined amount of money into the pot even before they get their first two cards. These two players are the only players who post a bet without knowing what cards they will be dealt.

These bets are called Blinds because you haven’t even seen your cards so it is like betting in the dark or blind.

Texas Holdem Rule to Pre-flop – Each of the players are dealt two cards as a starting hand. These cards are only for the player who gets them and it is a good idea to try to keep these cards a secret.

After the deal is complete there is a betting round. This round of betting is known as the pre flop betting round.

The player to the left of the Big Blind starts the betting and he or she can either call the big blind, raise a fixed or variable amount, or fold his or her cards.

The remaining players also have the option to fold, call or raise. To fold means to stop participating in that hand right then and there. If you fold you won’t have a chance to win the current hand.

To call means to risk the current big blind bet (unless someone has raised the pot and then you call). To raise means to increase the maximum bet put for the current hand.

Texas Holdem Rule to Flop – After the pre flop betting round, the dealer discards or burns the top card of the deck. The dealer burns a card so as to ensure that no one gets a chance to see the first card on top of the deck, and to help prevent cheating or collusion.

The dealer then deals the next three cards face up in the middle of the table. This is called the flop. After dealing the flop the second betting round takes place.

Texas Holdem Rule to Turn – The dealer burns another card from the remaining cards in the deck and deals the fourth community card on the table. This card is referred to as the turn card or 4th street. Again the players bet.

Texas Holdem Rule to River – Again the dealer burns a card and then deals the river card or 5th street. Now the players put their last bets into the pot.

Texas Holdem Game Showdown – Finally the remaining players need to show their cards and the best hand will win the pot – the dealer determines the winner. The winner is the player who forms the highest ranked five card poker hand.

The best poker hand can be made from three or more community cards and by two or one or zero of the cards that were given to you originally. If the player has a weak hand he can always simply play the cards that make up the community cards. This is known as “playing the board”.