Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular poker games today. It comes in three variants: No Limit Texas Hold’em, Fixed Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Texas Hold’em. Texas Hold’em is a popular choice for cash games as well as tournaments. No Limit Texas Hold’em is the game of choice for most of the really large poker tournaments.

texas holdemTexas Hold’em is played with hole cards and community cards. Your hole cards are the two cards that you are dealt face down at the start of the round. You should pick up and look at your hole cards. The community cards are cards the dealer places face up on the table. Each player is free to use community cards to form their poker hand.

Five community cards are used in Texas Hold’em, but they are not dealt at the start of the round. A round of Texas Hold’em starts with betting, then each player gets their hole cards, and then there is another round of betting. Next, the dealer will place three community cards at the table. These three cards are collectively known as the flop. The flop is followed by another round of betting. Then, the dealer places a fourth community card on the table. This card is called turn. A new round of betting follows, before its time for the dealer to place the fifth community card at the table. This community card is the river.

If at least two players are still in the game after the river has been placed on the table, a final betting round will follow. If there is still two or more players left after this betting round, there will be a showdown. During showdown, all remaining players show their hands and the pot goes to the player with the best hand. If two or more top-most hands are of equal value, the pot is shared among those hands.

Unlike Omaha Hold’em, there are no rules in Texas Hold’em that outlines how many of your hole cards and how many of the community cards that you must use to form your poker hand. In Omaha Hold’em, a player must use exactly two hole cards and exactly three community cards to form the poker hand. In Texas Hold’em, you are free to form the best poker hand possible in any way. If you want to use one of your hole cards and four community cards, that’s allowed. If you want to use two hole cards and no community cards, that’s allowed. And so on.

About Texas Hold’em

texas holdem pokerCompared to games such as 5 Card Draw and 7 Card Stud, Texas Hold’em is believed to be a young poker variant. We do not know exactly where it originated, but the first known instances of a game like this being played are from Texas in the United States. We do for instance now that a game like Texas Hold’em was played in Dallas in 1925. Back then, them game was simply called Hold’em Poker. The name Texas Hold’em Poker wasn’t added until the game spread from Texas. Today, a small Texan town named Robstown hail themselves as the birthplace of Texas Hold’em, but this claim is not backed by historical evidence.

Even though Texas and Nevada isn’t that far from each other, it took until the late 1960s until casinos in Las Vegas started offering Texas Hold’em at their poker tables. Professional rounders Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim and Crandell Addington were instrumental to the game taking root in Las Vegas. As they traveled around the country playing poker, they learned the game and liked it enough to introduce it to managed of the Golden Nugget Casino. In 1967, the Golden Nugget started offering Texas Hold’em at one of their poker tables. Two years later, Dunes Casino followed in their footsteps. Today, it is difficult to find a poker room in Las Vegas that doesn’t offer Texas Hold’em.