Perhaps this is the most popular of all poker game variations; and therefore, it is widely played in the whole world. In this game, cards are dealt face up in each player in the vicinity of all players at the table and the idea here is to form a winning combinations from all the cards that a player is dealing. It is a community poker variation and this means that players can use their own as well as the community cards to form a winning combination.
In Texas Holdem, there is the dealer button that is usually positioned on the table in front of the player who is dealing that hand. It is a kind of an indicator. Just a small disc; it revolves around the table with all the players having to deal a hand in their respective turns. During the start of the game, the player , who is going to be the first dealer is determined by the highest card draw where all players are dealt one card each and the one with the highest card gets to start as the dealer. Perhaps, the reason why this game is so popular is that it gives every player a turn to play early or late. If two players get lucky and at the same time draw high cards, they are ranked according to their suits; that is, from spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. It is a very fair game with almost nil chances of cheating.
In Texas Holdem variant, there are two types of blind bets that are placed by two players, since there are only two bets. The small blind bet is placed by the player who is to the immediate left of the dealer while the big blind bet is placed b y the player who is next to the player who places the small blind bet. The small blind bet is normally half the lowest stake while the big blind bet is equal to the lowest stake value.
Betting in Texas Hold’em
Betting in Texas, Hold’em is done by all the players in that it is rotational. In fact, all activities on the table are rotational starting with the dealer because the dealer button rotates around the table in the clockwise direction. Betting in this game can be divided into four sections where we could have the first betting round, the second betting round and the third betting round as well as the final betting round.
In the first betting round, betting starts with the player who is next to the player who has the big blind bet; he has the option to bet, raise or fold; all the players are then going to follow suit by calling, raising or folding. To call someone’s bet, or to call on the table is to bet exactly the same amount as the last player who bet before you. In this case, if the first player folds, the next player will have the option of placing a bet while the others will have the option to call in that order. In the first round, the bets are set to the lowest limit of the stakes. Say, in a game of $50/$30, the value of a bet will be $30.00
The second round of betting comes after there has been a flop. A flop is an instance when the first three community cards have been dealt. In this round, the first player to the left of the dealer button gets the first opportunity to act. He can bet, raise or fold. While he/she is at it, they also have the option of checking which is where a player decides to refrain from betting. If a bet is made, the other players will have the option of calling, raising or folding but not checking.
In third round betting, which is usually after the “turn” which is the instance after the fourth community card has been dealt, the player to the left of the dealer button will bet first.