Types of Poker Texas Hold 'Em

At it's most basic level. Texas Hold'em is as simple as a high card game. While in play, each player is given two cards known as hole cards, with a sum of five community cards being dealt face up on the table in three stages, the flop, the turn, and the river. All players in the game use these board cards along with their hole cards to make the best possible five-card poker hand combinations.

There are three common variations of Texas Hold'em, each distinguished according to its wagering structure.

They are:

Limit Texas Hold'em - Betting limits are restricted to predetermined values in each game and on each round of betting.

Pot Limit Texas Hold'em - A version of the game that restricts players to a maximum bet equal to the value of the pot.

No Limit Texas Hold'em - A player may wager their entire bankroll/chip Stack at any time.

In Hold'em, as many as ten players may be seated at the table at one time, with a minimum of two being required to start the game. On the table is a dealer button, a small disc that represents the position of the theoretical dealer for each hand. As each hand is completed, the button is moved in a clock wise rotation from player to player.

Prior to the start of the game the two players to the left of the button place forced wagers, called blinds. The player immediately to the left of the dealer button posts the small blind, a bet equal to half of the value of the table's lower stake limit. The player to the left of the small blind posts the big blind, a wager equal to the full value of the table's lower stake.

After the blinds have been placed, each player is dealt their hole cards face down followed by the first round of betting, which begins with the player immediately to the left of the big blind. The flow of the game continues clockwise with each player given the opinion to call, raise, or fold. Once the first round of betting is over the first three community cards, the flop, are dealt.

Following the flop, the first active player seated to the left of the button acts. The flow of the game continues clockwise around the table with each player checking, calling, raising, or folding. After every player has acted, a fourth community card, the turn, is dealt followed by another round of betting. Finally the fifth card, the river, is dealt and once all final bets have been made, players participating in the hand their hole cards. The best hand wins the pot.

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