Texas Hold em is probably the best known and most popular form of poker today. Holdem is a version of 7-card poker. This means that by the end of the round, players have 7 cards to choose from to make the best 5-card hand. Texas Holdem is played over 4 rounds. Each round allows players to bet or fold. If none of the players bet, the next round begins.
Shuffle, Deal and Blinds
The dealer shuffles a standard 52-card deck. The game starts with the two players to the left of the dealer putting a pre-determined amount of money into the pot before any cards are dealt, ensuring that there's something toplay for on every hand. The player to the left of the dealer puts up half the minimum bet (small blind) and the next player puts up the full minimum bet (big blind). The big blind is double the small blind. The blinds are set by the table rules and appear as two numbers separated by a slash, for example: 1/2 or 5000/10000. Each new hand begins with a small blind, a big blind, and a round of betting.