Texas Hold’Em is a simple game but starting playing it online can be difficult for newbies. You have always to learn some rules just to be sure not to cut a poor figure in fron of the green table and you have also to choose the right virtual place where to play among the thousands and thousands of internet sites that offer online gaming.
I chose to describe the poker room you can find on Popyeah.com, and try to teach you some quick rules that you can apply to become Texas Hold’Em God! Popyeah.com is a very popular multiplayer online game site and it is really well done. You can find there a wide online gaming community and many many opponents to play with in one of the 100 (and more) games with high quality graphics and sound.
You can save your game scores and climb up rankings and charts; you can join tournaments playing against the other players and you can become a part of a great community. What I want to underline is that Popyeah.com is NOT and online casino and you can’t win real money. There you can play the real SPORTING POKER for fun and for tasting the challenge. Besides, and I can say this is really a good thing, on Popyeah you can play for free, and you can also insert your personal profile, upload your photos, manage your personal blog, create your friends list and communicate with many other people. All of our games have a built-in chat sub-system that enables real-time communication between players while they play. Players can also talk each other with Skype during gameplay.
And now let’s go to the rules…
Texas Hold’Em Poker is a variation of poker in which each player receives two cards and then uses a combination of those two cards and the five community cards to form a hand. The player with the best hand wins.
Below is a ranking from worst to best of the types of poker hands.
ONE PAIR – happens when a player has two figures of the same value in his hand, for example two kings, two tens, two aces etc.
TWO PAIRS – happens when a player has a pair of the same figures twice, for example two kings and two aces, two thirds and two tens etc.
THREE OF A KIND – as the name says, it happens when a player has three cards of the same value, for example three aces.
STRAIGHT – five cards (with different suits) which are grouped one after the other, for example 7,8,9,10,J.
FLUSH – five cards with the same suit, for example A,J,10,7,2.
FULL HOUSE – a set of PAIR and THREE OF A KIND, which means for example K,K,A,A,A.
FOUR OF A KIND – as the name says, it happens when a player has four cards of the same value, for example four kings or four aces and so on.
STRAIGHT FLUSH – the strongest set in game. It is five cards in the same suit which are grouped one after another, for example A,K,D,J,10 of spades.
At the start of the game, two cards are dealt to every player. This is followed by the first round of betting among the players. All bets go into a pot. Next, the dealer reveals three community cards. This is followed by a second round of betting. Then a fourth community card is revealed, followed by another round of betting. Finally, the fifth community card is revealed and there is one final round of betting. After the final round of betting, the player with the best five card set wins the pot.
During each of the four betting phases of the game, players can take a number of actions:
Bet: The first player to wager money and put that money into the pot has placed a bet. In Texas Hold’Em there is no limit on the amount of money players can bet. A bet is only called a bet when the player is the first player to bet. Otherwise, it is called a call or a raise.
Call: When a player is NOT the first player to bet, and he matches the bet of the previous players, his bet is called a call. If a player does not call, then he must either raise or fold.
Raise: When a player is NOT the first player to bet, and he increases the bet of the previous players, his bet is called a raise. When a player raises, he increases the amount of money at stake by increasing the bet. In Texas Hold’Em, there is no limit to how high a player can raise the bet.
Check: Check means to put no money in the pot. If the players before him have checked (put no more money into the pot), then the player can also check. But if the players before him have bet, called or raised, then the player cannot check. He must either call, raise, or fold.
Fold: The player gives up for this round of betting, forfeiting all money that he has put into the pot this round.
The basic rule is that all players must have the same amount of money in the pot. If a player doesn’t want to put at least the same amount of money into the pot, that player must fold.
That’s it! You’re ready to start playing Texas Hold’Em Poker and enjoy yourself!