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(These official texas hold’em rules were based and written according to the Hoyle Poker

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.
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(Burning cards are necessary to prevent any cheating and is apart of playing

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.
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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


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.


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.
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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

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.

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