Texas Hold’em Poker- a popular variation of poker game

Texas Hold em Poker- an overview

Texas Hold em poker is a famous variation of poker, which is offered by many online poker sites. It is a favorite game of many gamblers. This game is played in major tournaments like the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour.


The objective of playing the Texas hold’em poker game is to make the five best card poker hand. Two hole cards (cards that are faced down) and three community cards can be used to achieve this.

How to play a Texas Hold em Poker game

This game can be played by any number of players, ranging from two to ten. The dealer deals two hole cards to every player. Then he deals five community cars face up. The players need to use these cards to make the best five cards. In Texas hold’em poker game, four rounds of betting are made – the pre flop, the flop, the turn and the river.


Pre flop bet is first placed before dealing any cards. In fact, this bet is placed to start the game. It consists of the big blind and the small bind. These bets ensure that the pot will have money, even if all the players, except one, fold. After the pre flop bets have been placed, the dealer deals two hole cards to each player. The players take turns and determine whether to match the bet, increase it or fold.

The Flop

One card is burnt by the dealer. He places it to the side and deals the first three of the five community cards. This is called the flop. The players take turns and decide to match, raise or fold.

The turn

This step involves the dealer burning another card and dealing the fourth community card. This step is also known as Fourth Street. Players get one more opportunity to match, increase or fold.

The River

The River is the last round in the Texas Hold’em Poker game. The dealer burns another card and deals the last community card. This is known as Fifth Street. Players get their last chance to match, increase or fold. If one player is left in the game, he can take the entire pot.

The shutdown

The shutdown is the ending of the Texas hold’em poker game. If no person is determined as winner in the river round, the remaining players take turns and show their cards. The players can fold at any point at this stage. The player who has the highest poker hand is decided as the winner. If any of the players do not held a poker hand, the player having the highest cards wins.

Common variations of the Texas Hold em poker game

Fixed limit, pot limit and no limit are the three variations of the Texas Hold em poker game. These variations help decide how much a player can bet or increase, while playing the game.