Starting a Round
This is one of the few card games in an online casino where the player does not play against the dealer.A round of Texas Hold'em Poker starts with the dealer dealing two face down cards to every player.The "button" (dealer chip) will be in front of one player, indicating where the dealer starts dealing cards from.The button moves clockwise to the next player after each round.
The player immediately clockwise of the dealer is known as the "Small Blind", and the player immediately clockwise of the "Small Blind" is the "Big Blind"."Small" and "Big" refer to the size of the bet that those players must put out before cards are dealt.These amounts coincide with the poker game's stakes.If the table was $5/$10 No-Limit, the big blind would be $10 and the small blind would be $5.
Starting from the player directly left of the big blind, each player must decide whether they will CALL the current bet, RAISE the current bet, CHECK if they've already bet, or FOLD to the current bet.In Limit Texas Hold'em Poker, the raises will be restricted to prescribed amounts.In No-Limit Texas Hold'em Poker, players may bet as many of their chips as they want.Once all players have made their decision and there are no raises to be called, the dealer will then deal "The Flop".
The following hands are listed by rank in descending order:
Royal Flush:The ace, king, queen, jack, and ten of any suit.This is the best hand in poker.
Straight Flush:Any five cards of the same suit in numerical order.(e.g. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 of spades).
Four of a Kind:Four cards of the same number, and a fifth side card.(e.g. 2, 2, 2, 2, 5).
Full House:Three cards of the same number, and two cards of a different (but identical) number.(e.g. 2, 2, 2, 3, 3).
Flush:Any five cards of the same suit.(e.g. 2, 5, 8, J, A of hearts).
Straight:Any five cards in numerical order.(e.g. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 of differing suits).
Three of a Kind:Three cards of the same number, and two side cards.(e.g. 2, 2, 2, 3, 4).
Two Pair:Two cards of a matching number, two more cards of another matching number, and a fifth side card.(e.g. 2, 2, 3, 3, 4).
One Pair:Two cards of a matching number, and three side cards.(e.g. 2, 2, 3, 4, 5).
High Card:Any hand that does not match the aforementioned hands.(e.g. 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 of differing suits).
Note:If players have the same poker hand, they will be ranked based on the high card.For example, if player A has four Jacks and player B has four Queens, player B will win the hand.Similarly, if player A has a straight consisting of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, while player B has a straight consisting of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, player B will win the hand.