Introduction to Texas Hold’em
There are many different variants of poker. The most popular version is Texas Hold’em. It is the easiest poker game for beginners to learn. Compared to other poker games like 7-Card Stud or Omaha High/Low (which are considered to be more intricate games because of the huge number of possibilities), Texas Hold’em can be learnt faster.
History of Texas Hold’em Poker
Very little information is available about the invention of Texas Hold’em. Officially Robstown, Texas is recognized as the birthplace of Texas Hold’em poker. The roots are dating back to the early 1900’s. From Robstown Texas Hold’em poker game spread into Las Vegas in 1967. At that time it was known as Hold’em. It was considered to be a thinking man’s game. Gradually Texas Hold’em spread from Las Vegas to whole Nevada and to California.
How to Play Texas Hold’em
A complete Texas Hold’em table would ideally have nine to ten players. The dealer position is determined by dealing a single card to each player and the highest card will be the first dealer. Two players to the left of the dealer put out blind bets. The player on the left of the dealer puts a lower bet called small blind and the next player pays the big blind. Each player is dealt two cards face down called “hole” or “pocket” cards.
The player to the left of the big blind can take any betting action (check, call, raise, or fold) as the first player on the first betting round. After him betting continues clockwise around the table.
After completion of the first betting round three cards are dealt face up on the table. These three cards are called the Flop. They are also called “community cards” since they can be used by everyone to make their best card combination with their own hole cards.
The second round of betting begins after the flop. A fourth card is then dealt face up on the board. This round is called the Turn.
The third round of betting is carried out in the same fashion. After that the fifth and final card is dealt face up. This card is called the River.
After the final round of betting there is a showdown. The person making the best five-card hand by combining his pocket cards with the community cards on the board is declared as the winner.
Texas Hold’em can be played as Limit, Pot Limit or No Limit game. No Limit Texas Hold’em is the most sensational of the three. In No Limit Texas Hold’em any one of the players can declare “All In” and bet everything he has in his stack on the table. In Pot Limit Texas Hold’em a player can raise only up to the current amount in the pot. In Limit Texas Hold’em the betting amounts are pre-decided and equal to the big blind and two big blinds.
The primary reason for the ever increasing popularity of Texas Hold’em is the fastness and easiness the beginners can pick up the game. A minimum of two players are required for the Texas Hold’em poker game to start and the target is to make the best five-card hand using the two hole cards and five community cards. Texas Hold’em is often referred to take a minute to learn and a lifetime to master.