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Texas Holdem Basics Guide – Part 1

Texas Holdem Basics Guide – Part 1

Texas Holdem is one of the great games of our time and the most popular poker game in casinos and poker card rooms around the world.  If it weren’t, there wouldn’t be so many television programs, online Texas Holdem poker rooms, and Texas Holdem tournaments.  Once you start playing Texas Holdem, you’ll understand.  It’s exciting; it’s challenging; and it’s just plain fun.  Having said that, there are a few things you should know.  If you’ve watched on TV or listened in on people playing in a casino, you know that Texas Holdem has its own lingo.  Here are some basic rules and terminology that will jump start your career as an ace Texas Holdem poker player.

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First, the basics.  Texas Holdem is what’s known as a “community” card game.  That means some cards are dealt face up on the table and shared by all the players.  To begin, each player is dealt two cards.  These are known as “hole cards” or “pocket cards.”  In the course of the game, the dealer will lay out five community cards (know as the flop, the turn and the river, more about that later).  Each player uses their hole cards and the five community cards to make the best possible five-card poker hand.  Oh, by the way, if you hear someone refer to “The Button,” that means the dealer, or if there is a dealer who is not playing (like in a casino), the last person dealt to is regarded as the dealer and a “dealer button” is placed in front of him.  At the end of each hand, the Button is passed clockwise to the next player.

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To get the pot started, Texas Holdem is played with two Blinds.  No, not some kind of window treatment.  The Blinds refer to the two players sitting to the left of the dealer who place “blind” bets on the upcoming hand.  The Small Blind (usually the first player to the left) is half the minimum bet at the table.  The Big Blind (the second player to the left) is the minimum table bet.  So, if the minimum bet is $5, the Big Blind is $5 and the Small Blind is $2.50.

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