In the Texas HoldEm poker game, each player is dealt two cards face down, which are called “hole cards”. This is followed by a betting round, where you can skip a move, place a bet or fold. This stage of the game is known as “pre-flop” and your next action depends on these hole cards, which are known as the starting hand .
After the betting round, three community cards are dealt face up in the center of the table. This stage is called the “flop” .
The turn is followed by a betting round, after which the last community card called the “river” is dealt and the final round of betting begins.
The best hand is made from your hole cards and the five community cards in the middle of the table, and is a combination of the five strongest cards. New to poker hands? Check out the poker hand rankings for more details!
For example, if you have collected 9-9 and the community cards are 9-9-A-5-2 , you have collected 4 cards of the same kind or of four. If the community cards show JQK-7-2 , then you only have a hand of two nines.
Sometimes the best poker hand is made with five community cards in the middle of the table.If the community cards show 10-10-10-10-A and your hole cards are 9-9 , your personal cards will not come into play as there are more valuable cards at the table.
The party can end in two ways.
Option one: the party members open their pocket cards and the player with the best combination wins. This is known as showdown.
Option two: one of the players places an amount that will force everyone else to fold. In Texas Hold’em, most hands end this way, and the beauty of this game is that a strong hand does not always guarantee a win.
Let’s go over the stages of a game using poker slang and see if you can figure out what this is about.
A round of betting follows. The remaining players go to the flop. The turn comes up after him. Then another round of betting. After that, the last card called the river is dealt. And one more round of betting. The best 5-card hand wins the game. All clear? Fine. If not, check out our glossary of poker terms .