Texas hold 'em (also known as hold 'em or holdem) is a variation of the standard card game of poker. The game consists of two cards being dealt face down to each player and then five community cards being placed face-up by the dealer—a series of three ("the flop") then two additional single cards ("the turn" and "the river" or "fourth and fifth street" respectively), with players having the option to check, bet, raise or fold after each deal; i.e., betting may occur prior to the flop, "on the flop", "on the turn", and "on the river".
How To Play
A flat disk called the “Button” shall be used to indicate an imaginary dealer.
Before the commencement of play, the dealer will deal one card for each player at the table and the button will start with the position that has the highest card.
The button will move around the table in a clockwise manner after each hand of play.
The player to the immediate left of the button is required to place a Small Blind bet. The player to the immediate left of the Small Blind bet is required to place a Big Blind bet. The amount and number of blind bets will be posted on a Poker Table sign.
Starting with the player to the immediate left of the button and continuing in a clockwise rotation around the Poker table, the dealer shall deal two rounds of cards face down to each player, the player with the button being the last player to receive a card each time.
Each player in turn, in a clockwise rotation starting with the player to the left of the Big Blind bet, has the option to Call, Raise or Fold. If no player has raised the bet, then the option to raise is given to both Blind bets (The Blinds get the option to raise regardless of the previous action). After the last player has responded to the most recent bet, the betting round shall be considered complete. The dealer will then bring in the bets before putting out the flop.
The dealer will Tap the table in front of the rack, burn the top card of the deck and place it under the pot, and proceed to deal three community cards (the flop) face-up in the center of the table.
The next betting round will begin with the option to bet or check belonging to the first player to the left of the button who has not folded. Each player may, in clockwise rotation, fold, call, raise the bet or, if preceding players have not made a bet, make an opening bet or check. The betting round shall be considered complete when each player has either folded or called in response to the most recent bet or check.
Upon completion of the betting round the dealer will again burn the top card of the deck and then deal a fourth community card (the Turn) face-up to the right of the Flop.
Before the next betting round, the dealer will bring in the bets and will begin with the option to check or bet belonging to the first player to the left of the button.
Upon completion of the betting round the dealer will again burn the top card of the deck and then deal a fifth community card (the River) face-up to the right of the Turn card.
The final betting round will begin with the option to check or bet belonging to the first player to the left of the button who has not folded.
If more than one player remains in the round of play after the final betting round has been completed, a showdown shall be used to determine the winner of the pot.
Each player remaining in the game will turn his cards over and the dealer will read the cards to determine the highest ranking five-card high poker hand using, in any combination their own two cards and the five community cards.
The winner of the pot will be the player with the highest-ranking five-card high poker hand.
In the event of a tie the excess chip is awarded to the player to the left of the dealer button that is in the pot.
Running it twice – Players get the same number of hole cards, but there are two sets of community cards. The winner is chosen for each board with each winner getting half of the pot. If one hand is best for both boards, that player can win both halves of the pot.