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Texas Holdem Rules
This game begins with players being dealt with their own hole cards. The first round of betting then starts where players can choose to open, call or fold.
To open means to begin the bets; to call is to make an equal bet as another player and to fold means to leave the game. This usually happens when players know that the hand they are holding cannot win.
The first round or the pre-flop betting now gives way to a burn card getting discarded from the top of the deck. This is practiced to prevent cheating.
Then three community cards or the flops are drawn. When this is accomplished, another round of betting round takes place.
This is then followed by another burn card which takes us to ‘the turn’ – or the fourth community card.
The turn leads us to one final betting round, then one last burn card and community card, ‘the river. The game ends when players compare hands to determine the winner.
Texas Holdem Hands
Holdem has 9 possible and winnable hands. The list below has been compiled to show the hand varieties and their strength.
1. Straight Flush – cards arranged in order series with same suits. The strongest variation is the Royal Flush, which contains an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten in the same suits.
2. Four of a Kind – a combination of four cards in the same rank with a fifth side card called kicker.
3. Full House – one group of three cards with the same rank plus two cards also of the same rank.
4. Flush – cards in the same suit. They are not in order but must be of the same suit.
5. Straight – cards arranged in sequence in the same suit. Aces can be played either high or low.
6. Three of A Kind – three cards of the same rank and two unrelated side cards.
7. Two Pair – two sets of pairs with the same rank plus one unrelated side card.
8. One Pair – a pair of cards with the same rank and three unrelated side cards.
9. High Card – cards that cannot be classified into the above categories.
These are all the hands in Holdem.