Texas Hold'em Poker - The Rules and Card Rankings

If you've ever wondered what the rules of Poker are or been confused when you lost a game, don't fret. The rules are easy to get a hang of. Sometimes beginners or even intermediates get confused at the ranking of the cards but it's easy to know which hand is stronger or the winner.

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You need to know the basic rules of Texas Hold'em Poker before you can play it. This is true for any form of Poker. Whether you're learning from scratch or just want to refresh your memory, here's what it is all about:

A standard 52-card deck is used to play poker. This is regardless of how many players are playing in the game or the variation of poker that is being played. The cards in a standard deck of cards are ranked in this order

  1. Ace
  2. King
  3. Queen
  4. Jack
  5. Ten
  6. Nine
  7. Eight
  8. Seven
  9. Six
  10. Five
  11. Four
  12. Three
  13. Two
  14. Ace (can be counted as both a low and a high card)

Each rank is in the same suit

Here're the winning hands beginning from the highest to the lowest:

  1. Royal Flush
  2. Straight Flush
  3. Four of a kind
  4. Full house - Three of a kind and a pair
  5. Flush
  6. Straight
  7. Three of a Kind
  8. Two Pairs
  9. One Pair

If none of the hands meet the above criterion, then the player with the highest card wins. In the event that both players have the same hand. The player the highest card wins.

In Texas Hold'em Poker, the objective is to make the strongest five cards hand with the two cards you have in hand - called hole cards and any three cards that are on the table. The cards on the table are referred to as 'community cards' because they're available to all players to make their hand strong. Hole cards are also referred to as 'pocket' cards. Each player can see only his own pocket cards. They are dealt to the players with their face down. From the community cards, the first three cards are referred to as the 'flop', the fourth card is called the 'turn' while the fifth card is the 'river'.

Every player will be expected to deal the cards at some time. Online, this is done by clicking on the deal button. Every player is also expected to post blinds at some point or the other. Texas Hold'em Poker rules are easy once you get to know them.

The number of players for Texas Hold’em Poker varies between 2 and 10. If a poker game has only two players it is referred to as a 'heads up' match.

The dealer button is marked in every game with a 'D'. This is essential to know so that you're aware who the dealer of the poker game being played is. Besides this the two players seated to the left of the dealer have to post the two blinds in the game. After each hand is completed, the dealer moves to the left.

In games that have blinds, there's a small blind and a big blind. The small blind bet is posted by the player immediately on the left of the dealer. The big blind bet is posted by the player next to this player. The reason blind bets are posted is to have a pot that has some money from the start of the round. This way players are encouraged to bet. It also ensures that the winner wins at least something even if everyone else decides to fold their hand or if the round ends very quickly.

The table limits determine the size of the blind bets. if you're playing at a $1/$2 table, then $1 is the small blind while $2 is the big blind bet. The big blind bet is the full minimum bet.

In poker the betting structure is standard for every table. Only the bet amounts vary depending on the table.