How to Play Texas Hold Em

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How to Play Texas Hold Em

Texas Hold'em Poker is the classic poker game made famous by the numerous tournaments and televised events which feature this exciting game.

Texas Hold'em is quite simple in its structure and easy to learn how to play. However, like many gambling games, to play Texas Hold'em Poker well takes practice, understanding, experience and wit.

The 32Red Poker Room offers a wide selection of Texas Hold'em Poker games from Limit games (here the bets are limited to a set amount) where the minimum bet can be just 10 cents, to No Limit Texas Hold'em Poker where the only limit to bet size is the amount of chips a player has on the table. As well as money games, also known as Ring games, 32Red offers Poker Tournaments 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

All the Poker games at 32Red can be played for free with Guest Chips. Our Tournament Poker schedule includes many Freeroll Tournaments which are free to enter, yet still offer amazing cash prizes. Take the time now to take a look at our current Poker Tournaments schedule.

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Overview of Texas Hold'em Poker...

Texas Hold'em hands are made up of your best five cards, consisting of any combination of 2 cards dealt to you, known as Pocket Cards or Hole Cards, and any of the 5 Community Cards dealt face up in the middle of the table by the dealer.

Texas Hold'em Poker has 4 rounds of betting and is one of the fastest games in the 32Red Poker Room. Hands are usually finished quickly with a maximum of 10 players able to take part in a hand. The objective of the game is to finish with the best Poker Hand and to win the Pot.

Easy guide to playing Texas Hold'em Poker...

At the start of each hand, each player is dealt 2 cards. These 2 cards are known as Pocket Cards and can only be seen by the recipients of these cards.

Once the Pocket Cards have been dealt the first round of betting takes place.

After all the players have either bet, checked or folded (and all remaining players have contributed equally to the pot so far), the dealer lays down the Community Cards. The first of these 5 cards are known as The Flop and consists of 3 cards, all dealt face up in the middle of the table. Note, the Community Cards are shared by all players at the table.

Example: This player has an Ace Pocket Card and there is an Ace in The Flop; he has a Pair of Aces.

Once the Flop has been dealt by the dealer, another round of betting takes place between all the players left in the game.

After this round of betting - ending with either all players contributing equally to the Pot (or else there's a winner and the hand is finished), a fourth Community Card is dealt face up by the dealer, this card is known as The Turn Card. The Turn is sometimes referred to as Fourth Street.

Example: This player has a pair of 3's as Pocket Cards and a 3 is dealt as The Turn card. He now has Three of A Kind.

A third round of betting now ensues and then the final Community Card is revealed by the dealer - The River - and placed alongside the other Community Cards, again face up. The River Card is sometimes known as the Money Card as it often makes the difference between winning (money) or losing (money)!

Example: Our player this time holds suited cards and there are now 3 further cards on the table of the same suit. This hand is known as a Flush.

Once again betting resumes once the River is dealt and each player left in the hand attempts to win the Pot on the strength of their cards. If any more than one player is left standing after this last round of betting - Showdown - then all remaining players' hands are revealed (or Mucked) with the strongest hand winning the Pot.

Summary...

  • Everyone gets 2 Hole Cards.
  • 3 Community Cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table - The Flop.
  • The fourth Community Card dealt is known as the Turn.
  • The fifth and final Community Card to be revealed is known as The River.
  • Between each round of card dealing, players have the opportunity to place bets.

Tips to Win...

  • Five of the total of seven cards eventually dealt are viewable on the second round of betting. At this point you should have a good idea of how strong your final hand could be.
  • To compete a possible winning combination, you should consider how the five Community Cards interact with your two Hole Cards.
  • Fold if necessary! You can limit your losses if you have a poor hand and decide to fold early in the hand.

No Limit, Fixed Limit and Pot Limit Texas Hold'Em...

If you are new to Texas Hold'Em Poker, we recommend that you first try playing at a Limit table, where the bet sizes are capped in each betting round.

For a detailed guide to the different Poker Table Limits available at 32Red Poker, please go to our Poker Limits section.

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