Guide To Texas Holdem Poker

Texas Hold’em is the most popular poker game type among all. Most of the tournaments around the world including WSOP, WPT, EPT, etc. are played under Texas Hold’em variant. It is a game which is easy to learn but difficult to master. There is an almost infinite number of possible situations which makes the game more complex than just understanding the rules. If you are playing for the first time, here is how to play texas holdem poker.

Each player on the table is dealt two hole cards as a start for making the best of five-card hand. The game is played clockwise around the table, starting from the left side of the dealer button. The first two players on the left are supposed to post a small blind and a large blind respectively to initiate the betting, and then the other actions occur.


A button is an object which determines the acting dealer. In Texas hold’em, the dealer keeps switching to the person in the left after every hand. The last active players closest to the button on the right side receives the last action on all post-flop streets of play. However, you do not have to worry about the dealer when playing in a casino. The staff dealers handle the duty of dealing the cards, and the rest of the process of blinds and last action remains the same for players.



Before every round, two players at the table are obligated to post blinds. It is called forced bets and is meant to start the betting. Without the blinds, the game can get boring as there will be no money in the pot if no one feels lucky. As the number of players keeps decreasing, the blinds need to be increased as fewer people mean more stack and the game needs some pace. However, in cash games, the blinds always remain the same for the entire game time.

The Aim of the Game


The aim of the game is to hold the best combination of cards. Please check the poker combination sequence if you do not know it yet. In Texas hold’em, each player receives two cards which they cannot show to other players till the end of the game. There are five cards on the table face down which are turned to make possible combinations with the two cards that each player has.

The round of bet

The round of betting takes place after all the players receive their cards. The actions that players take are called:

Call: To match the amount of the big blind or the highest bid in the table in the clockwise direction.

Raise: To increase the bet within the specific limits of the game.

Fold: To put down the cards and throw the hand away.

If a player folds the cards, he or she can no longer play or win the running hand. The amount that a player can raise depends on the limits of the game that is being played.


Getting Around A Casino

Casinos are places where one walks in to gamble some money to see if they can make some more money with what money they already have. There are so many things that you should keep in your mind when you enter a casino, but one of the most important things that should be in your mind would indeed be the fact that you should walk in with a fixed budget in mind. When you do, you will not regret it later on because you would have used only the money that you planned on using in the casino. Casinos can undoubtedly be really confusing places for people who are going in there for the first time.

They are indeed large buildings where all kinds of gambling activities take place. They always seem to be huge places which are filled with open rooms and in those rooms are people who always seem to know exactly what is going on and also what they are doing. If you are going in there for the first time, it would be better to ask someone for guidance if you feel that there are chances of you getting possibly lost in there. You will be surrounded by people, and therefore you can never get truly lost in there. There are also thousands of cameras which are hung from the ceiling which will monitor every single move of every single human in there. There are also security guards and bouncers everywhere who are there to maintain the peace. That is because some people tend to get drunk and misbehave in such places.


Another important thing that you should be keeping in mind is that there will be no announcements, no signs, no tour guides and no one who will come up to you themselves. If you are concerned or if you feel lost, you will have to seek help yourself because honestly, unless you are with people who you know, no one will actually seem to care about you, unless they approach you to offer drinks and whatnot.

You should also behave yourself, which would mean that you should not get too intoxicated and behave in uncontrollable ways. If you are there by yourself, you should actually stray away from alcohol altogether. You should also keep in mind that you should be 21 years of age if you want to gamble. There will actually be no exceptions. You should not be caught gambling if you are below 21 because that would certainly land you in a lot of trouble. If you walk into a casino with someone under 21 or if you are under 21, you are allowed to walk through as long as you do not gamble.