Hold'em -- "the cadillac of poker" -- is probably the most popular
and widely-played poker variation being played today. It's what
they play at the World Series of Poker, the World Poker Tour, and
probably at your friends' houses on their Thursday poker night.
On its face, hold'em is a simple enough game to learn, but impossible
to master. It's played using standard poker rules, and can be played
by anywhere from two to eleven people.
The goal of hold'em is to make the best possible poker
hand using any combination of your personal cards and the community
cards on the table. To begin, each player is dealt two cards face-down,
called the hole cards. Using a button (usually some sort of disk)
to show who the dealer is for the round ' note that it shifts in
a clockwise motion from player to player after each round ' the
player to the left of the dealer posts what's called the Small Blind
(half of the minimum bet), and the player to the left of that posts
the Big Blind (equal to a full bet). Players can then look at their
cards and betting begins to the left of the player who posted the
Big Blind. Because the blinds are considered bets, players have
the option of checking, calling, raising or folding. This is known
as the Pre-Flop.
After betting is over, the dealer burns a card and then
lays down three cards face-up in the middle of the table. This is
called the Flop, and they are community cards that any player can
use. After this comes another round of betting, starting with the
player to the left of the dealer this time and from now on.
The dealer burns another card and then lays down another
one face-up, called the Turn card or Fourth Street. At this point,
if you aren't playing a No Limit or Pot Limit betting structure,
the minimum bets are doubled and another round of betting occurs.
Another card is burned, and the final community card
is laid, called the River or Fifth Street. There is a final round
of betting and then the Showdown where players still in the game
show their cards.
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