Texas Hold’em Poker is the main poker game that is played in the Fitzwilliam – in addition to being the most popular form of Poker, it is the easiest to learn and if you are new to the game, the following guide should provide a good introduction to get you started.
In Texas Hold’em, the player who “acts” as the Dealer is called the “button” (although almost all tournaments in the Fitzwilliam are professionally dealt) and play proceeds clockwise from the button. The Player to the immediate left of the button must post the “small blind”, which is half a “small bet”. The next player on the left is the “big blind”, and must post a whole “small bet”. The two blinds are forced bets which make sure there’s money in the pot on every hand. Initially, the Dealer shuffles up a standard deck of 52 playing cards and each player is dealt two private cards face down – these are called your “hole” cards or “pocket” cards. A round of betting is then started with the player to the left of the blinds. This is the “pre-flop” betting round and like most games of poker, players can call, raise, or fold.
After this betting round ends, the Dealer discards the top card of the deck. This is called a “burn” card and is done to prevent cheating.
The Dealer then flips the next three cards face up on the table. This is called the “flop”. These are communal cards that anyone can use in combination with their two pocket cards to form a poker hand.
The player to the left of the Dealer starts another betting round and after the betting concludes, the Dealer burns again then flips another communal card onto the table. This is called the “turn”.
The player to the left of the Dealer begins another round of betting and once again, the Dealer burns a card and places a final card face up on the table. This is called the “river”. Players can now use any of the five cards on the table or the two cards in their pocket to form a five card poker hand.
There is one final round of betting starting with the player to the left of the Dealer and following that we have the “showdown”. All of the players who haven’t already folded have to reveal their hands. This begins with the player to the left of the last player to call. Players use a combination of their pocket cards and the community cards to form a five card poker hand and the player who shows the best hand wins, unless more than one player have hands of equal value and in that case they split the pot.
Ranking of poker hands from the best hand down