No Limit Texas Hold'em

One of the most popular forms of poker today is Texas Hold'em. In Texas Hold'em each player receives two hole-cards and five subsequent cards are dealt face-up in the middle of the table, also known as the "flop", "turn", and "river". The object of the game is to make the best five-card poker hand possible using your two hole-cards and the five community cards.

A white object, known as the "dealer button" is passed to the left after each hand to signify where the deal should start. Each player will then be dealt two cards after which the first found of betting commences.

The majority of Texas Hold'em games use a two-blind structure. These two blinds, the Small and Big Blind, are forced bets used to encourage action. The player to the left of the dealer, or dealer button, must post the Small Blind. The player to the left of the Small Blind must post the Big Blind, typically double the size of the Small Blind.

In our No-Limit game the BLINDS will change with time.

Once the blinds are posted the dealer will deal cards one at a time to his left until each player has two cards. The first round of betting, known as
"Pre-Flop".

The first player to act after the deal is the player to the left of the Big Blind. Because they are first to act this player is commonly referred to as being "under-the-gun" or UTG. They will not necessarily act first on the next three betting rounds as long as the Small or Big Blind remains in the hand.

Each player has the option to fold/call/raise once the action (moving to the left) gets to them. In fixed-limit games, there is typically a "cap" on the number of raises in each round, generally three or four. In No-Limit players may choose to raise as small as 2x the Big Blind or to bet all of their chips, deemed "going all-in". If no one has raised once the action is on the Big Blind he/she has an option to check (seeing the flop for just the posted blind) or raise.

Once the action is closed (either a check by the Big Blind or a call of the last raise) the dealer will then take one card, and place it face down in the middle of the table. This card is referred to as a "burn card". Its main purpose was to help deter cheating in the days when poker was solely played as underground games. The dealer will then place three cards, face-up, in the middle of the table. These community cards are known as "the flop".

The first player to act after the flop is the first player to the left of the button still remaining in the hand. Once the action is closed the dealer will then burn another card, and place one more card face-up next to the flop. This card is known as either the "turn card" or "fourth-street".

The action will remain the same of the turn, with the player to the left of the button acting first and the player on the button (or the last remaining player to its right) acting last. Once the action is closed the dealer will burn one more card and place one final card face-up next to the turn card. This card is known as either the "river card" or "fifth-street".

Once the river is dealt players will have one last chance to place any bets, and once the final bet is called or all players check, the players will reveal their hole cards to determine a winner. A player's whose final bet was called must show his cards first, and the player who called must only show if he has a better hand and wants to collect the pot. Otherwise, the player can "muck" their cards, not allowing their opponent to see what they called with.

GOOD LUCK!

No limit hold'em is probably
the most challenging form of
poker today.


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