The Texas Hold’Em (also known as hold’em or simply holdem) is probably the most popular form of poker as for today. Thanks to television (as in movies), the Web and other factors, this variant of the classic poker become the most played in the world, casinos and even homes. Probably this happened cause of its simple rules and very competitive game play. It was born in the early 90′s but nothing is really known about its invention. If you are willing to play holdem, you obviously have to learn its rules, so let’s talk about it.
Texas Hold’Em is characterized by three phases of community card-dealing. At the beginning of every match, players are dealt with two face-down cards. Then, the dealer will deal the other community cards (facing up, obviously) in three different rounds. First, there will be the “flop” (three cards) and then the “turn” and “river” (two single cards). Every player will have the chance to bet or raise (or fold) on each of the three phases.
A player could “check” to pass the turn to the other player (without betting) but, if the player before him betted (or raised), he couldn’t. Here is where the strategy of poker lies. You must study your opponent, his style of betting and also his movements.
Hand Rankins are even to the classic poker ones. So, there is Pair, Two Pair, Three of a Kind, Straight, Flush, Full House, Four of a Kind and Straight-Flush. If more than one player arrives after the river, there will be the last round of betting and a showdown. Obviously, the player who owns the best hand will win the pot.
A curiosity is that in casinos, the dealer will burn a card before each of the three phases of dealing. Thanks to this, players who are betting will haven’t the chance to see the back of the next community card. This is a tradition and also a method to avoid players to recognize cards before they are dealt.