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Instructions on How to Play Texas Holdem - Start Winning Today

Author: Sean Moronse

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Texas Holdem is one of the most popular variations of Poker these days. In fact, this is probably the only card game that has reached such global popularity that championship series of this kind attract viewers from all walks of life, from all age groups and from most parts of the world. If this sounds too incredible, you may just want to check out how high the ratings go for TV specials like WSOP (World Series of Poker) and WPT (World Poker Tour.) You may also want to compare sales on books and e-books regarding instructions on how to play Texas Holdem.

Texas Holdem, which is also known as Hold'Em or simply hold em, is a community card game wherein players can use and discard any combination of cards to form a hand. The Holdem hand starts off with the 2 hole (initial) cards, which the players slowly builds up to achieve 5 cards, with rounds of betting in between.

Technically, instructions on how to play Texas Holdem are quite easy and straightforward. A player only has to make a hand that is hopefully of higher value than everyone else's. These hands are: High Card, 1 Pair, 2 Pair, 3 Of a Kind, Straight, Flush, Full House, 4 Of a Kind, Straight Flush and the Royal Flush; where the High Card hand has the lowest value while the Royal Flush has the highest. Basically, that's it. If you are playing Texas Holdem, this is all the rules of board play you would need. However, this card game is really more about knowing when to bet and when to fold out of the game.

If you want major complications then you should take careful account of the betting instructions on how to play Texas Holdem. There are 3 sub-variations of Texas Holdem; there is the limit, no limit and pot-limit games. Limit and pot limit Texas poker are also called Big Bet Poker.

In the case of limit poker, the minimum amount of bets or betting units is already established on the onset of the game. The betting limit is also announced during this time. So supposing that the game you are playing in is a $40 dollar table with a $5 betting unit; then $40 is the betting limit for that game. No other bets should be higher than that. At the same time, no bets should be lower than $5 as well. However, as the play progresses, each bet must then be increased in multiples of the betting unit. So a summary of your bets during the entire 4-round play could be $5, $20, $20, $40.

As the name suggest, the no limit play means players are allowed to raise bets anytime and to any amount.

In pot limit, players are entitled to raise the amount of betting that equals the money in the pot. So supposing that the game starts off with $10, the second player can raise the amount to $40, while the next player can raise another $140 still. As long as there is more money pouring into the pot, players are entitled to bet until they fold or go for the pot.

Another one of the more useful instructions on how to play Texas Holdem is to know when exactly to fold. The term "fold" means that you are discarding your cards and you will not make further bets into the common pot. In other words, you basically surrender the game to the other players. Now, before you throw your hands up in the air, you should remember that not all hands are suitable for playing. Since this is a community card game, the chances of being dealt with cards to form a Royal Flush is so rare that you should not stake a lot of your money on it. Knowing when to quit before you lose a lot more money means you have reserves in store to get you through another round.

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