Texas Holdem Rules

The purpose of the poker game is to form the best possible combination of 5 cards (in Texas Hold’em you have at your disposal the 2 personal cards and the shared community cards on the table)

The Blinds

The 2 blinds (the big blind and small blind) are forced bets aiming at ensuring a minimum pot (the blind’s value can vary from one table to another, from 0,1$ – the small blind, up to tens of dollars)

The Betting rounds

After paying the blinds, the cards are dealt two for each player, followed by the first round of betting – pre-flop. The first player to act is the one on the right of the blinds. Each player has at his reach a series of actions which he can perform: “check”, “bet”, “raise”, “re-raise”, “fold”. After concluding the first round of betting, on the table are layed the first three shared cards – the flop.
A new betting round begins. After each player acts, the turn follows; a forth card is layed on the table and a new betting round begins. Finally a fifth river card is placed on the table and the last round of betting begins.

The Showdown

The Showdown is the final step in wich players show their cards in order to reveal the winner of the pot.
The winner is the one who forms the best possible five cards combination using two of his cards, and three from the community cards formed out of the flop, turn, river. In fact this is the only difference between Omaha and Texas Hold’em.
In this round only the remaining players can confrunt their cards (one round can end at any time if all players, except one, quit the game; the winner can either show his cards to the other competitors or hide them).

If two or more players pull off the same combination of cards, the pot is evenly divided between all winners.