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~~Poker - Texas Holdem Basic Tips Part 1~~





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Poker Rules

Hold'em poker (also known as Texas Hold'em) is the most popular poker game in the
world. There are three types of Texas Hold'em games:
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Limit Texas Holdem - there is a specific betting limit applied in each game
and on each round of betting.
Pot Limit Texas Holdem - A player can bet what is in the pot.
No Limit Texas Holdem - A player can bet all of his/her chips at any time
Texas Hold'em Poker uses what is called a dealer-button to indicate the theoretical
dealer of each hand. After each hand is completed, as with standard poker rules, the
button moves clockwise to the next active player. This player will be considered "the
dealer" for that hand.

The First round of Texas Hold em:
A fresh table starts of with the first person sitting on the table becoming the dealer and
the next player posting the small blind. A new game on a active table starts with the
button moving clockwise to the next player. The player next to the button / dealer is
required to place the small blind. The small blind is equal to half the lower stake. This
is a guideline for determining the blinds and not a strict rule.
The player to the left of the small blind is required to post the big blind, equal to the
lower stake limit. In a certain scenario it is possible for more than one player to post a
big blind in a hand. This is if a new player joins a table at which a game is already
going on. The player would get an option of placing a Big Blind at the start of the next
hand or wait for his/her turn (as decided by the movement of the button) to place the
Big Blind in turn. All the blinds in Hold'em poker are considered live bets and the
players who posted them will have the option of checking, calling, raising or folding
when the betting returns to their position.
After the blinds have been placed, the down cards / hole cards are dealt to each active
player. In Hold'em, 2 cards are dealt to each of the players, after which the first betting
round starts. The player to the left of the player who placed the big blind starts the
betting for this round. Each player will now have the option to place his or her bets in
the first round, which is set at the lower limit of the stakes structure. For example in a
$10/$20 Hold'em game, value of each bet is $10 for the first round. When we say the
bets are limited to $10, it refers to: a Bet (single bet) of the value of $10, so when a
user places "BET" then it is $10, "RAISE" would be $20 ­ includes one additional bet
and a call on the previous bet placed by a player. Bets can be placed by playing any of
the following options ­ Bet, Call and Raise. Each player will also have the option to
Fold. These options are available to each player depending on the action taken by the
previous player. The first player (left of the Big Blind) to act (in the first round) would
get the Bet, Call and Raise options. Subsequent players would also get the options of
Call and Raise. To Call is to bet the same as what the previous player has bet. Raise
action calls for raising whatever was the bet/call amount of the previous player, and
can be calculated based on the value of the previous bet amount.
Every player participating in the hand should place equal amount of bet as the previous
players (includes bets, calls and raises). Till the time all the players have placed equal
amounts in the pot, the betting will continue. There is a limit on the amount and the
number of bets a player can place during a betting round, which also would be
considered during the hand.
After the first round of betting is over, the Flop (the first three cards of the community)
is dealt. The community cards are common to all the players participating in the hand.
 

The Second Round of Texas Hold em:

 
After the flop and in each subsequent betting round, the first active player left of the
button is first to act. The second betting round also limits the value of bets and raises to
the lower limit of the stake structure. So in a $10/$20 value of each bet is $10 for the
second round. When we say the bets are limited to $10, it refers to: a Bet (single bet) of
the value of $10, so when a user places "BET" then it is $10, "RAISE" would be $20 ­
includes one additional bet and a call on the previous bet placed by a player. Bets can
be placed, by playing any of the following options ­ Bet, Call and Raise. These options
are available to each player depending on the action taken by the previous player. The
first player placing the bet would get the Bet option (the player left to the Button).
Other players will get the Call and Raise options only.
After this the fourth community card is dealt out ­ this is known as the Turn.
 

The Third Round of Texas Hold em:

The third betting round starts again with the player left to the button, and bets and
raises are limited to the upper limit of the stake structure ($10/$20 game, $20 would be
the upper stake). When we say the bets are limited to $20, it refers to: a Bet (single bet)
of the value of $20, so when a user places "BET" then it is $20, "RAISE" would be
$40 ­ includes one additional bet and a call on the previous bet placed by a player.
Bets can be placed by playing any of the following options ­ Bet, Call and Raise.
Combinations of these options are available to the player depending on the action
taken by the previous player. The first player placing the bet would get the Bet option
(the player left to the Button).
After this the fifth community card is dealt out ­ this is known as the River.
 

The Fourth Round of Texas Hold em:

 
The fourth (and final) betting round starts again with the player left to the button, and
bets and raises are limited to the upper limit of the stake structure ($10/$20 game, $20
would be the upper stake). When we say the bets are limited to $20, it refers to: a Bet
(single bet) of the value of $20, so when a user places "BET" then it is $20, "RAISE"
would be $40 ­ includes one additional bet and a call on the previous bet placed by a
player. Bets can be placed by playing any of the following options ­ Bet, Call and
Raise. Combinations of these options are available to the player depending on the
action taken by the previous player. The first player placing the bet would get the Bet
ption (the player left to the Button).
Some standard rules
A maximum of four bets, which includes one bet, and three raises are usually allowed
for each betting round per player. The term cap is used to describe the final raise in a
round since betting is then capped and no one can make another raise. Once capped,
players will have the option of calling or folding only. Folding can be done at any
stage of the game. The player from then on would not be considered as part of the
game. He/she would not have any rights over any pots created on the table.
Apart from the fold option, a player could also get the option of "Check", in which the
player can pass his/her turn without placing a bet. This option would not always be
available to the player, and depends on the actions taken by the previous player in the
hand. The player HAS TO equal the amount of bet placed by any other players for each
round in the hand.
Poker is typically played "table stakes", meaning only the chips in play at the
beginning of each hand may be used throughout the hand. This means that the player
cannot get additional funds from the cashier while he is in the midst of a game. The
table stakes rule has an application called the "All-In" rule, which states that a player
cannot be forced to forfeit a hand because the player does not have enough chips to call
a bet.
 
 
Exceptions to the value of betting in each round:
A player who does not have enough chips to call a bet is declared All-In. The player is
eligible for the portion of the pot to the point of his final wager. All further action
involving other players takes place in a "side pot", which is unavailable to the player
who has already gone All-In. When a player goes All-in, the pot currently at the center
of the table, which has contributions from him/her as well, is treated as the main pot,
over which the All-in player has rights. After the player goes all-in, all the new bets are
placed in a side pot, over which only the contributing players have rights. The All-in
player does not have any rights over the side pot. The side pot is then given to the next
winning combination.
After the final round of betting, it's time for ­ Showdown. This refers to the action of
deciding who the winner of the pot is. Five cards of the total of hole and community
cards are to be used for deciding on the winning hands. A combination of the following
may be used -
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Both hole cards and three community cards
On the final round of betting, the player who bets first (or checks first if no one else
bets) is required to show their cards first at the showdown. If they have the best hand,
the remaining players may/may not show their cards as they wish. The aggressors'
hand is only turned over first if he was the last to initiate action on the river.
If two or more hands are the same ranking, the winner is the one having the higher
cards. For example, a Flush with an Ace high beats a Flush with a King high. If the
poker hands remain tied, then the highest card not being held in common (the kicker)
determines the winner. The suit order of the cards is not taken into account while
deciding on the winning cards. Should poker hands be absolutely identical in ranking,
the rule of poker pot distribution will be split evenly between the two or more winning
players.
The game play remains same for both No-Limit and Pot-Limit Texas Hold'em game
with a few exceptions to the rules mentioned above:
In Limit Texas Hold'em Poker a maximum of four bets is allowed per player during
any betting round. This includes a (1) bet, (2) raise, (3) re-raise, and (4) cap, but in No-
Limit Texas Holdem and Pot-Limit Texas Hold'em there is no limit to the number of
raises that a player can make. The only criteria being that you cannot raise yourself,
(i.e. if a player bets during a betting round, then that player would have to be raised by
another player in order for him/her to be able to re-raise). If all the other players in the
hand only call or fold, the player would not get an option to raise, because the last raise
was done by him/her.
 

Betting Structure for No-Limit Texas Hold'em Poker

 
Minimum raise: The raise amount must be at least as much as the
previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the first
player to act bets $100 then the second player must raise a minimum
of $100 (total bet of $200).
Maximum eligible raise: The size of your stack (your chips on the
table) .
The Betting Rules for Pot-Limit Texas Hold'em Poker
Minimum eligible raise: The raise amount must be at least as much
as the previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the
first player to act bets $100 then the second player must raise a
minimum of $100 (total bet of $200).
Maximum eligible raise: The size of the pot: The size of the pot is
defined as the total of the active Pot (which can be either the main pot
or the side pot depending on whether anyone has gone "all-in") plus
all bets on the table plus the amount the active player must first call
before raising.

As an example, if the active pot is $200 and the first player to act in the round bets
$150 and the next player calls $150, the third player has a maximum eligible total bet
of $800. The $800 total is made up of the $150 call and $650 raise. The $650 max raise
portion is equal to the pot of $200 + first player's $150 + second player's $150 + his
own call of $150.


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