In many ways, Texas Hold’em is similar to conventional poker. Anybody who is a regular poker player should easily fit into the groove of Texas Hold’em within a few games. However, there are notable differences which any would be Texas Hold’em expert should familiarise themselves with beforehand.
First of all, we have the range of specialist terminology which can be found within Texas Hold’em. The player who is currently acting as dealer – a role which rotates between hands – is nicknamed the button. The first three community cards to be dealt are called flops; the fourth is known as the fourth street or the turn, and the fifth and final is dubbed the fifth street or river. The period which takes place before the dealing of the flops is known as preflop. Instead of the “ante” found in traditional poker, Texas Hold’em has forced bets called blinds which are made before the dealing of the cards.
Anywhere from two to ten players can join in a game of Texas Hold’em. At the start of the game, one player is randomly picked to be the first button. The player to the left of the button chooses what is known as the “small blind”; this sum will decide on the stakes of the game so some discussion will need to take place. Next, the player to his or her left then places the “big blind”, which will be around twice the sum of the small blind. With the sums decided, the chips can be distributed between the players.
The players will then take turns to fold, call or raise in a manner which should be familiar to experienced poker players. Whoever ends up with the best hand, or who survives after all the other players have folded, will win the pot; the game will then progress to the next pot. At the end of the game, the player who has earned the most chips will win.