Texas hold’em Rules (These official texas hold’em rules were based and written according to the Hoyle Poker Regulations.) Texas hold’em can be played with as few as two players, or as many as ten at a single table. The game begins with two players, left of the dealer, placing an initial bet. This is called posting the blinds. According to the official Texas hold’em rules and regulations, there are no antes but forced bets, or blinds, are used. The official Texas hold’em rules explain that the person to the left of the dealer posts a bet called the small blind, which is usually equal to half of the minimum bet. The person to the left of the small blind posts the big blind, which is equal to the full minimum bet. The dealer shuffles one full deck and each player is dealt two cards face down. These are called your hole or pocket cards. Here is how a typical hand is played: Texas hold’em rule #1: PREFLOP - After the cards are dealt, a round of betting starts with the person to the left of the two blinds. This round is usually referred to by the term pre-flop. Players can call the big blind, raise, or fold. The player on the big blind has the option to check. Texas hold’em rule #2: THE FLOP - Following the pre-flop betting, the dealer burns (or disregards) one card from the deck and deals three cards face up on the table called the flop. These are community cards. Players combine these cards with their hole cards to make a five carded poker hand. Another round of betting takes place starting with the first person to the left of the dealer. Texas hold’em (Burning cards are necessary to prevent any cheating and is apart of playing regulations.) Texas hold’em rule #3: THE TURN - Another cards is burnt, and a fourth card is dealt to the table, known as the turn or fourth street. A third round of betting takes place. Texas hold’em rule #4: THE RIVER - Finally, one more card is burnt, and a fifth card or the river is dealt to the table. A final round of betting takes place and the active players hands are shown. As mentioned earlier, the five cards shown face up on the table are community cards. Poker hands are formed by combining the five community cards and your two hole cards to create a five card poker hand; the best hand wins the pot. And that concludes our lesson on the official Texas hold’em rules. Texas hold’em Standard Texas hold’em Hand Rankings A hand in Texas hold’em consists of five cards. The following shows how hands are listed from worst to best: High Card When you are unable to make a hand, your highest card determines the winning hand. In the example, Ace is the highest card Pair A pair are two cards of the same rank. A pair beats a "high card". If more than one player has a pair, the highest pair wins. In the example, Kings are paired up. Two Pair Two pairs consist of, of you guessed it, two pairs. If multiple players have two pairs, the player with the highest ranking pair takes the pot. The example shows two pairs of fives and queens. Three of a Kind Three of a kind consists of three cards of the same rank/number. Three of a kind, also known as a "set" or "trips", beats two pairs, pairs, and high card poker hands. The example shows a set of Aces. Straight A straight are 5 numeric cards in sequential order. Ace could be high or low; A2345 or 10JQKA, but not wrapped like QKA23. The example shows a 6 to 10 high straight. Texas hold’em Flush A flush are 5 cards all of the same suit. All suits remain equally ranked. So when multiple players have a flush, the player with the highest card within the suited hand wins. The example displays an Ace high flush. Full House A full house, also known as a "boat", consists of three cards of one rank, and a pair of cards of another rank. Bascically a "set" combined with a "pair". If multiple players have full house hands, the players will compare whos three of a kind is higher. And if there three of a kind are the same, then compare their pair. The example shows Tens full of Jacks. Four of Kind Four of a kind is self explanatory; when you have four cards of the same rank you have four of a kind, also known as quads. Straight Flush A straight flush are five cards in sequential order and the same suit. A combination of a straight and a flush, hence the name straight flush. The example shows a seven high straight flush. Royal Flush An extremely rare sight to see, a royal flush consists of a Ten to Ace straight all of the same suit. Basically, a Ace high straight flush.