Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em (also known as “Hold’em”) has become the most popular poker game in the world, both in live casinos and online at PokerStars, thanks to the popularity of televised poker. We’ll go through the details later, but here are the main elements to remember:

Two cards are handed to each player right in front of their eyes. The dealer hands five cards — three at a time, then another, then another – to each player, who can utilise them to construct the finest five-card hand possible. Players take turns betting before and after each card( en) is revealed. To stay in the hand and see the next card, all players must have put in the same amount of money into the pot.
The pot is won by the best poker hand. It’s a simple game to pick up, yet it can be played with an almost unlimited number of techniques, tactics, and intricacies.

The Texas Hold’em Rules

You must first learn the rules before you can begin playing Hold’em. Each player in Hold’em is dealt two personal cards (known as “hole cards”) that are only available to them. The “board” is made up of five community cards that are dealt face up. To build their finest potential five-card poker hand, all participants in the game employ these shared community cards in combination with their individual hole cards. In Hold’em, a player can create the best possible five-card poker hand utilising any combination of the seven available cards, including zero, one, or two of his personal hole cards. Go to the poker hand ranks page to see the poker hand rankings.

The betting limits of the four primary versions of Hold’em distinguish them from one another:
Limit Texas Hold’em is a poker game played in Texas. Each betting round has a fixed betting limit. A player can wager any amount up to all of his chips in no limit Texas Hold’em. Texas Hold’em Pot Limit: A player can bet any amount up to the pot size.

Texas Hold’em (Mixed): Limit Texas Hold’em and No Limit Texas Hold’em rounds swap during the game. On PokerStars, you may play No Limit Texas Hold’em for free (play money) or for real money. Also, keep in mind that our free poker school is always ready to assist you in practising and improving your game.

What is Texas Hold’em and how do you play it?

PokerStars offers free poker games in the poker room to help you learn how to play Hold’em. To put your poker skills to the test, go to the free poker download page and download the award-winning poker software. You’ll be learning Hold’em in no time. However, if you’d want to learn the rules of Hold’em first, these guidelines can assist you.

The draperies

A marker known as “the button” or “the dealer button” in Texas Hold’em denotes which player is the nominal dealer for the present game. Prior to the start of the game, the player must place the “small blind,” the first necessary stake, clockwise from the button. The “big blind,” which is normally twice the value of the small blind, is posted by the player directly clockwise from the small blind. However, the blinds may change based on the bets and the betting structure being used.

The big blind in limit games is the same as the small bet, while the small blind is normally half of the big blind, but can be larger depending on the stake. In a 2/4 Limit game, for example, the small blind is 1 and the big blind is 2. The small blind in a 15/30 Limit game is ten dollars, and the big blind is fifteen dollars.
The size of the blinds is used to describe Pot Limit and No Limit games (for example, a 1/2 Hold’em game has a small blind of 1 and a huge blind of 2).

Depending on the game’s specific structure, each player may also be required to make a “ante” (another sort of forced wager, usually smaller than either blind, that is placed in the pot by all players at the table).
Each player is now dealt two hole cards. Starting with the player who is under the gun, the betting action moves clockwise around the table (immediately clockwise from the big blind).

Players’ betting possibilities

Fold, check, bet, call, or raise are the options in Hold’em, as they are in other types of poker. The specific possibilities offered are determined by the previous players’ actions. If no one has yet bet, a player has the option to check (refuse to gamble but keep their cards) or to bet. Following a player’s wager, other players can fold, call, or raise. The amount wagered by the previous player is equal to the amount called. Raising means not just matching but also raising the preceding bet.


Each player now has the opportunity to play his or her hand by calling or raising the big blind after seeing his or her hole cards. The action begins to the left of the huge blind, which in this round is termed a “live” stake. That player can choose to fold, call, or raise the pot. If the huge blind was 2, for example, it would cost 2 to call and at least 4 to raise. The action then moves around the table in a clockwise direction.
The betting structure varies depending on the game version. Below is a breakdown of the betting action in Limit Hold’em, No Limit Hold’em, and Pot Limit Hold’em.
Each betting round continues until all active players (those who haven’t folded) have made equal bets in the pot.

The failure

On the board, three cards are now dealt face up. This is referred to as “the flip.” The three cards on the flop in Hold’em are community cards, which are available to all remaining players in the hand. The active player is the first to bet on the flop, clockwise from the button. The betting possibilities are similar to those available before the flop, except if no one has placed a bet, players can check and pass the action clockwise to the next active player.

The surprise

The turn is dealt face up on the board after the betting action for the flop round is completed. In Hold’em, the turn is the fourth community card (also known as “Fourth Street”). A new round of betting begins, this time starting with the active player and working clockwise from the button.

The river runs through it.

The ‘river,’ or ‘Fifth Street,’ is dealt face up on the board after the betting action for the turn round is concluded. In a Hold’em game, the river is the fifth and final communal card. The active player immediately clockwise from the button initiates the re-bet, and the same betting rules apply as before the flop and turn, as detailed above.

The conflict

If there are more than one player left after the last betting round, the last person to bet or raise shows their cards first, unless the last round had no betting, in which case the player immediately clockwise from the button displays his cards first. The pot is won by the player who has the best five-card poker hand. When two players have similar hands, the pot is split evenly between them. According to Hold’em regulations, all suits are equal. A new Hold’em hand is ready to be played after the pot is awarded. The button is now passed clockwise to the next player, blinds and antes are re-posted, and each player is dealt new hands.