Texas Hold’em is probably the most popular type of poker, thanks to the large tournaments that are often streamed and broadcast on TV. The players compete against one another rather than playing against the bank. The dealer simply coordinates the game
and lays down the five community cards one after the other. The aim is to form the best five-card combination from these cards and the two cards dealt to each player in order to win the pot, i. e. the stakes of all the players.
Before the actual game begins, basic bets must be placed (the small blind and the big blind). In the subsequent betting rounds, each player can either place a bet, fold or raise the bet. Up to four rounds can be played per game. If a player raises, all the other players must match the raise (call) to remain in the game. In the second round, the first player now also has the option to check. This means that instead of placing further bets, raising, calling or folding, they can simply pass the action on to the next player.
If a player no longer has enough chips to call or raise the bet, she or he can also go all-In, i.e. bet all her or his remaining funds. In such instances, it is possible for several pots to be formed (up to the amount of the all-in and beyond).
If there are still several players in the game after the last betting round, it’s time for a showdown. The hole cards (the two cards in each player’s hand) are revealed. Whoever has the best combination of cards wins the pot. The player who bet or raised last shows her or his hand first. If no more bets have been made, the player to the left of the dealer button shows her or his cards first.
Here is a list of all the winning combinations in ascending order:
- High Card - The highest card is wins if there are no combinations.
- One Pair - A pair consists of two cards of equal value. The higher pair wins.
- Two Pairs - Two cards of equal value and another two cards of equal value. The higher set of pairs wins.
- Three of a Kind - Three cards of the same value. The triple with the higher value wins.
- Straight - Five consecutive cards, whereby the Straight with the highest starting card wins.
- Flush - Five cards of the same suit. The Flush with the highest card wins.
- Full House - A combination of Three of a Kind and One Pair, whereby the highest Three of a Kind wins.
- Four of a Kind (Poker) - Four cards of the same value. The set with the higher value wins.
- Straight Flush - Five consecutive cards of the same suit, whereby the Straight Flush with the highest starting card wins.
- Royal Flush - A sequence of 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace in the same suit. This is the best possible combination.
All the rules can also be downloaded here.
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