Texas Hold’em is an online table game that pits the dealer against the player in a Poker match. Just as poker is played, the game employs the standard 52-card deck from which every hand is dealt.
How to play Texas Hold’em?
As the game of Texas Hold’em starts, the player is required to make 2 bets of equal value. One is referred to as the Ante while the other is known as the Blind. There’s also a 3rd bet though optional referred to as Trips, which will be discussed later. After placing the bets, both the dealer and the player will be dealt with 2 cards. All of which will face down, but the player can view their hand. Since the player can check their hand, it means that they pass on making a bet or the play bet. The latter can be 3 or 4x the Ante size. After placing the play bet, you are done making decisions in the hand. The remaining cards will be dealt but you cannot place additional bets.
3 community cards will be dealt at the centre of the table after the player makes their final decision. If the player checked in the previous round, they will have a chance to place another play bet. However, this round the bet will be twice the Ante size and the player has a chance of checking their hand once again. The last 2 community cards will be dealt and if the player checked to this point, they will be required to make a decision.
The player could fold or make a final play bet which is equal to the ante. What follows is the revelation of both the dealer and the player’s cards. If a player hasn’t folded, the hands will be compared. Each has to form the best 5-card poker hand using a combo of any of the 2 cards paired with the 5 community cards. Standard poker hand rankings are used here, which means that hands are ranked from best to worst as follows:
- Royal Flush/Straight Flush
- 4 of a kind
- Full house
- 3 of a kind
- 2 pair
- High card
At least 1 pair is needed by the dealer to qualify. Should he fail qualification, the Ante bet becomes a push. Should the dealer form a strong hand that warrants qualification, the player wins even money on the Ante if their hand is stronger and lose if the dealer has a higher hand.
The play and blind bets win if the player wins and lose if the dealer’s hand is stronger. If the game results in a tie, the bets will be pushed. If the player wins the Ante and Play bets, they will get even money on their stakes. With the blind bet, a winning hand with less than a straight will push. All higher hands pay according to their strength as follows:
- Royal Flush: 500-1
- Straight Flush: 50-1
- 4 of a kind: 10-1
- Full House: 3-2
- Straight: Even Money (1-1)
The player can also make the Trips bet which is optional. Payouts here are made according to the strength of your hand. Also, for you to win, you don’t need to beat the dealer. The paytable varies so, look out for the paytable depending on where you play the Texas Hold’em game.
To Sum Up
Texas Hold’em offers players a reasonable house edge. This means that the probability of players to win is moderate to players of all types. So, if you fancy a Poker game, Texas Hold’em is the right one for you.
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