How to play Wsop Texas Hold’em Poker
Texas Holdem is one of the most well-liked variants of card game poker. The popularity of this game is constantly growing and players are massing from all over the globe to get a piece of the action.
In this article, we will try to let you know how to play Texas Hold’em. It is generally played among 2 to 10 people. One player acts as the dealer. Before the cards get handed to the players, blinds are needed to be put out. The blinds are mandatory bets put up by the players to the left of the dealer button. The small blind is put by the player to the left of the dealer button and the big blind is then set by the next player to the left. The big blind is usually the double of the small blind and the minimum bet that the players that want to join the game must match.
In Texas Hold’Em Poker players are dealt with two face-down cards known as Hole cards or personal cards, after which there is a round of betting. And then five face-up community cards are dealt in three phases with a betting round after each phase. The phases consist of a series of three cards "The Flop", later an additional single card "The Turn", and a final card "The River". Each player seeks to make the best possible five-card poker hand combination out of seven cards: two hole cards and five communication cards. The player who has the best hand and has not folded by the end of all betting rounds wins all of the money bet for the hand, known as the pot, the accumulated bets for the games round.
Here is the quick rundown of the different poker hands from highest to lowest.
1. A Royal Flush: which is A, K, Q, J, 10, of the same suit.
2. A Straight Flush: Five sequential cards of the same suit.
3. Four of a kind: All four cards of the same rank.
4. A Full House: a combination of a pair and three of a kind.
5. A Flush: Any five cards from the same suit.
6. A Straight: five sequential cards from any suit.
7. Three of a kind: Three cards of the same rank with two any random cards.
8. Two Pairs: Two different pairs with one any random card
9. A Pair: Two cards of the same rank, means a pair with any three random cards.
10. A High card: When you haven't made any of the hands above, the highest card plays. In the example below, the king plays the highest card.
One round of Texas Hold ’Em Poker consists of different phases with a betting round in between the phases.
1. Pre-Flop phase
In the Pre-Flop phase, one player serves as the dealer and small blind sits left of the dealer. The big blind is the position next to the small blind. All players then receive 2 hole cards each, which are private cards. The first round of betting then starts. The action goes clockwise to the table, left of the one who posted the big blind bet. Players have the possible betting options: Call, Raise, All-in, Fold;
Call: To call is to match a bet or match a raise. A betting round ends when all active players have bet an equal amount or everyone folds to a player's bet or raise. If no opponents call a player's bet or raise, the player wins the pot.
Raise: Players can raise and increase the amount of minimum bet for the remaining players of that round. Players can only raise when another player before them has called the bet.
All-in: A player who does not have enough chips to call a bet is declared All-In. This rule states that a player cannot be forced to forfeit a poker hand because the player does not have enough chips to call a bet.
Fold: To fold is to discard one's hand and forfeit interest in the current pot. Folding does not cost the player anything in money but also does not gain the player anything monetarily. Once a player has folded, they may no longer rejoin the hand; any money they had previously bet into the pot is left there for the remaining players to win.
When all the players have applied their options, then the first round ends, and all the chips are moved in the center of the table. Which players don’t fold their cards and continue to play are called active players.
2. Flop phase
Next is the Flop phase. The dealer draws the first three community cards called “Flop” that players can use to create the poker hand. The action starts with the remaining players left to the dealer button. In this round, players have another betting option.
Check: A check means that the action passes to the player on the left without making any wager. Players can check or omit to place a bet as long as they are the first player or any player before them not called or raise the bet.
Once all the active players have exercised their options, the round ends, and chips are moved in the center.
3. Turn phase:
Now we in the round three, which is called “Turn”. The dealer reveals the fourth community card on the table. Now every player has six cards. Four community cards and two hole cards. Betting is done the same as the Flop round.
4. River phase:
Next is the River phase. The dealer reveals the fifth and the final card on the table. Now all the active players have seven cards now. To make the best hand they can use any of five cards. Fourth and last betting phase is played in the same way as 2nd and 3rd phases were played. If two or more players remain after the last round of betting, a showdown occurs.
The showdown - The players’ hands are then compared which each other, the player with the best hand winning the pot. The game ends at any phase if there is one player left. If two or more players have the same poker hand, then the port will be equally distributed among them.
In the next game, the dealer position is passed on to the player sitting to their left, and other positions shift with it.