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  • Texas Hold’em Poker

    Texas hold’em is played with a standard deck of 52 cards consisting of hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades


Texas hold’em is played with a standard deck of 52 cards consisting of hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades running from 2 to A (Ace). (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J(Jack), Q(Queen), K(King), A(ace).

The Game

A standard table in poker consist of nine players. From the start of the game, there are compulsory ‘blinds’ that two players must place into the pot before any cards are dealt. The amount each player has to place increases over time, usually around every 20-25 minutes, these are called levels. A ‘button’ labelled “dealer” is passed clockwise around the table after each hand. This shows where the blinds start and which players need to place in their chips. The player immediately to their left is the small blind and the player immediately next to their left places the big blind, which is always double the small blind. Each player at the table is then dealt two face down cards, called ‘hole cards’. These two secret cards remain the private property of the respective player for the duration of the hand.

In texas hold’em, there are four rounds of betting. After each player has received their cards, action starts left of the big blind and continues clockwise around the table. Each player must act in turn. If they don’t they can face penalties at the table. A player has several options on their turn. They can:

  • Bet
  • Call
  • Check
  • Raise
  • Fold

If you want to continue in the hand after someone else has bet, you may either call or raise. A call involves placing a matching amount of chips that have already been bet to see the next card or to see the showdown. However, if you particularly like your hand, or if you think you have the best hand at the table, you may also raise which forces the original bettor to match your raise if he wants to continue in the current hand. Of course, whenever you raise, the original bettor has the option to re-raise, putting the action back on you to match his bet to stay in the hand.

When there has not yet been any betting on this round, you also have the option of either betting or checking.

Although, if you do not like your hand you can fold, giving up your cards and taking no further part in the hand. Any chips that you have contributed to the pot are lost. Once you have folded your hand it is placed in a pile of other discarded hands in front of the dealer, known as the muck. Once your cards have touched the muck, your hand is now dead. It cannot be retrieved even if you have accidentally discard your cards.

Once all the players have decided to remain in the hand or not, the dealer will now reveal three community cards on the table called the (flop). These cards can be used by everyone at the table. Now there is a second round of betting. After this round have been completed, another card is revealed by the dealer, this is called the turn. Then, another round of betting takes place. Finally, another card is revealed which is called the river. There are now five community cards in play to be used by all players. After the river, there is one final round of betting. Then comes the showdown. Players remaining in the hand now must reveal their hand in order to win the pot that has accumulated during each round of betting.

There are only two ways to win a pot:

  • Showdown – You reveal the best hand once all the betting is over.
  • All your other opponents fold.

The Hands

In poker, it’s all about having the best hand to win!

Here are the hand rankings:

  • (Worst) high card
  • A pair – i.e. two of the same card
  • Two pair
  • Three of a kind
  • Straight – a five card running straight i.e 2-3-4-5-6
  • Flush – five cards of the same suit
  • Full house – a three of a kind with a pair i.e. 33344
  • Straight flush – a five-card straight all the same suit
  • (Best) royale flush – fn unbeatable hand! 10-J-Q-K-A all suited

The Play

Most of the time, a non-poker player will say: ‘I wouldn’t be any good at poker, I don’t have a poker face.’ However, in most low-stakes poker, this isn’t a very important part of the game. Most of players at the table are usually too busy thinking about their own hand to start monitoring your reactions in any detail. As long as you don’t start shouting ‘YES!!’ or breaking into a massive smile, you’ll be fine.

As long as you have fun and play responsibly, you’re sure to have a great time! Remember, staff are on always on hand if you need help or want to ask any questions!



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