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Video:How to Play Texas Hold 'Em

with Nick Richards

Want to learn how to play Texas Hold 'Em style poker? This how-to video from About.com will explain the basic rules, including betting and hand ranking.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Play Texas Hold 'Em

Hi, I’m Nick and today for About.com, I’m going to teach you how to play Texas Hold ’Em poker.

Know the Texas Hold 'Em Poker Terminology

Poker is a very popular card game that can be played either for fun or for profit and Texas Hold ‘em is one of the most popular forms of the game. While a game that relies heavily on bluff and chance, Texas Hold ‘Em also requires a fair amount of skill and understanding of the game.

Learning the terminology is a crucial first step to learning the game. Words such as blind, flop, check and fold are all terms that you should become familiar with. The key to the game is understanding how to make the best hand.

Creating the Best Hand in Texas Hold 'Em

Each player receives two cards, which they must combine with five open cards to make the best possible combination. Possible combinations include a pair, a straight and a flush, with a royal flush the best possible combination of cards. If two players show the same hand upon showdown, the pot is shared equally.Let’s take a look at some winning hand combinations. A straight is any five cards that run in numerical order. A flush is any five cards of the same suit. A straight flush is a combination of those two rules and a royal flush a combination of ten, jack, queen, king and ace, all of the same suit.

How to Bet in Texas Hold 'Em

Part of the fun of Texas Hold ‘Em is the betting system. Before each round begins, two players must enter a pre-defined chip count, known as the "small blind" and the "big blind." These two players are always to the left of the dealer, meaning that each player will become the small and big blind as the dealer changes. The blinds act as a continuation fee – anyone that wants to see the flop must match or raise the blind, until everyone has either entered a bet or folded.

The flop sees the dealer add three face-up cards to the center of the table. Remaining places can either check, fold, bet or raise until there is an equal amount of chips placed into the pot and the turn can be played.

The turn sees one more card added to the table, making four in total. Again the players evaluate how well the cards in their hand combine with the cards on the table and bet accordingly.

The river is the final round and sees one more card added to the table, making five. Again, remaining players must bet until all bets are equal. If two or more players bet equally, a "showdown" occurs, where players must show their hand. The player with the best hand wins!

The key to the game is reading your opponent. Is he bluffing, or does he have a genuine hand that could beat yours? Master this skill and you’ll become a top poker player! For more information, visit hobbies.about.com.

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