Traditional Texas Holdem Rules

If you want to play Texas Holdem poker online, you'll need a basic understanding of how things work. You'll also want to know that there are poker codes out there that you can use to pad your bankroll and help you get on your way to making it a profession - or at least a profitable pastime.

How it Works

If you've ever enjoyed a few hands of five-card draw with your buddies, then you already have fairly basic understanding of how to play Texas Holdem poker online. Rather than having five of your own cards, there will be a total of seven for everyone to use collectively in order to build the highest ranks. Now, you'll have to keep in mind that some of this requires luck, but a lot of skill comes into play when it comes time to fold, check, or raise. Knowing how to handle your bankroll at the table is one of the most important things you will ever learn, so be sure that you take the time to enjoy some tutorials, read some articles and even practice for free before you jump into a table with the sharks.

Five Distinct Parts

There are five distinct parts to any round. The first is the initial wager which consists of the first two people to the left of the dealer wagering the 'big blind' and the 'small blind' which are predetermined by the house. Then, everyone else decides whether to call that bet, raise it, or sit out. Second, everyone receives two face-down cards, wagers again, and then waits as the dealer lays three out on the table face-up (known as the 'flop') for community use. Third, everyone will bet on what has been shown thus far and wait as the 'turn', or the fourth card, is placed. Finally, everything progresses in the same way and the fifth and final community option is known as the 'river'.

The Showdown

Now that all of the community cards are out on the table for everyone to see, it is up to the players who are still 'in' to decide how much their hands are worth to them. In some cases, people will simply check their way through in hopes of winning a small pot. Other times, someone with an outstanding hand will raise high all throughout the round in hopes of busting his or her opponent. Once everyone has turned over the two cards they were initially given, the winner is determined. Of course, if two people show the exact same value, then the pot is split between them. Ties like this are more common in Royal Holdem, though they can happen when you play Texas Holdem poker online, too.

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