Texas Hold’em Poker Rules – Basic Rules
Poker is any of many card games where players place their bets over which hand will be best, in terms of the rules of that game, as compared to those of other games. The most popular and widely played game in the world is poker and this is true for almost all countries that have a population of over five million people. Poker has been a popular game for many decades and it enjoys a widespread fan base in many countries throughout the world. Poker has also been widely recognized as a sport where professional poker players come together to play a variation of the game, often with the same stakes, for money.
Poker can be divided further into two main divisions – face-to-face play and online play. Face to face poker is played between players seated around a table, but the playing is usually done by means of an electronic device or even, nowadays, through the use of video cards. Online poker is where the game is played over the Internet between players who are connected to each other using either a computer or some sort of handheld device. The cards, or poker chips, used in online poker are actually smaller than the ones that are used in a regular poker game; hence the name ‘poker chips’.
The basic principles on which poker is played are fairly simple. Two decks of cards are laid out on the table face down, each player has three cards to make a ‘case’ and each player also has two cards to use as the ‘edge’ in the case they wish to make a ‘Forced Bet’. The objective of the game is for the player with the ‘edge’ to defeat the player with the ‘case’, or to draw. A successful player is one who raise the ante, making a larger bet than his opponents; and who then folds, after having bought additional cards that are sufficient to end the game.
Poker rules allow for a maximum of four players in a game, including the dealer, who can each deal five cards, the four hand dealt cards being placed on top of the remaining hand. Before the betting starts, each player will put aside one card and cover up that card with his own card. This card is called the High Card. After this, the dealer will deal five cards to each player; the dealer may deal one more High Card to the High Card and cover that up.
In Texas Hold’em poker, the highest card wins the pot. One pair is defined as having the highest ranking card as well as the highest total bet. Then each player has an equal number of pairs, namely, two, three, four and so on. If no player has the highest card or the highest total bet, the match is to be re-opened. In bridge, the highest card wins the pot; in four-suit stud, the highest card wins; in seven-suit stud, the highest card wins; in five-suit stud, the highest card wins; in four-suit stud, the highest card wins; and in seven-suit stud, the highest card wins.
After all of the betting has been done, each player will fold their hand and the dealer will shuffle the chips. Once all the chips have been dealt, the person with the most chips will then call (or raise) the bet, regardless of whether there are other players left. If there are still other players left when the last player has folded, then the bet will be closed. Now, each player has gotten the highest hand (if there are equal numbers of chips, the player with the highest total bet will always have the highest hand, but if the chips are unequal, the player with the smallest total bet will either have to win the pot or lose the amount of chips he had put into the pot.)