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Learning to play Texas Hold’em Poker
Poker is based on a standard 52-card deck. The Dealer shuffles it and uses it to distribute two
cards to each player in a clockwise manner. Please note that the Dealer is marked by a round
disc called ‘Dealer Button’ that rotates clockwise from the first Dealer, one player at a time
in a clockwise direction. As a player gets the disc, he or she becomes the dealer for that one
An online or live Texas Holdem Poker game usually seats up to 9 players. It involves investing a certain amount of money into the table (or the ‘Pot’) before any cards are distributed or dealt among the players. Hence this part is called ‘Posting the Blinds’ because the first two players have no clue about what cards they are going to be dealt with (aka they are ‘blind’). The first player to the left of the Dealer is called the Small Blind and he puts up a certain amount of money on the table. The player sitting next to him is called the Big Blind and he puts an amount that is double the Small Blind. After this, all players are dealt two cards each (both facedown) called ‘Hole Cards.
Action starts with the player who is sitting next to the Big Blind. His position is called ‘Under
the Gun’ because he is the first to act before any supporting set of cards called ‘Community
Cards’ are dealt.
As the round kicks off, players can Call, Raise, Or Fold when their turn comes. We would explain these terms subsequently.
As the first round concluded, the Dealer castoffs (or “burns”) the topmost placed card of the remaining pack of cards. He/she then flips the top three cards, face up, on the table. These cards are called the ‘Flop.’ This is followed by another round, starting with the player on the left of the dealer.
Turn or Fourth Street
The process is repeated as the Dealer discards (or “burns”) the top-placed card in his/her deck.
He then places one more Community Card facing up on the poker table. As can be
recounted from above, it is the fourth Community Card and is popularly known as the ‘Turn or
Similarly, this is followed by another round.
River or Fifth Street
The Dealer again makes merry by casting-off the topmost placed card of the remaining deck of cards. He/she then puts the last card facing up on the table for the players to see and use. This card is called the ‘River’ or ‘Fifth Street.’
Showdown and the Winner
The end of this exercise is to let players make a combination of their cards and Community Cards to make a winning combination or Hand. Each of the players thus has seven cards to play with and to make a winning five-card combination from it. As usual, the last round starts with the player to the immediate left of the Dealer. Once the final round has concluded, all players reveal their cards (a process called Showdown), and a winner based on who has the best combination of poker cards is chosen.