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Texas Holdem Poker Rules

Texas Hold’em uses what is called a 'dealer button' (a small disc) to indicate the theoretical dealer of each hand. After each hand is completed, the dealer button moves clockwise to the next active player.
This player will be considered 'the dealer' for that hand. In this way each player has equal opportunities to be in early, middle and late position.

Before the start of the poker game, a fresh deck of cards is generated for the hand. A single deck of cards is used for each hand of poker, where a deck refers to 52 cards (excluding the jokers). In the online poker games, a Random Number Generator (RNG) is used to shuffle each deck of cards for the hand.

The First round of Texas Holdem Poker

In the first round of betting, each player has three options: call, raise or fold.
To call, the player must place a bet that is equal to the last bet placed. (For the first player in the round, this would be equal to the minimum bet.) A player may choose to raise their call bet by an additional amount, which the other players will then have to call. If one's hole card are not favorable, the player may simply choose to fold and sit-out the round.

The Second Round of Texas Holdem Poker

The dealer then flips the next three cards face up on the table. These cards are called the 'flop'.

NOTE: Eventually, a total of five community cards will be placed face up on the table. Players can use any combination of the community cards and their own two hole cards to form the best possible five-card Poker hand.

After the flop, another round of betting takes place, beginning with the player to the left of the dealer (the button). During this and all future rounds of betting, players can check, call, raise, or fold when it's their turn to bet.

The Third Round of Texas Holdem Poker

In the third round, a fourth community card is dealt. This is called the Turn. Another round of betting follows.

The Fourth Round of Texas Holdem Poker

At the showdown, each player plays the best five cards hand he can make from his two downcards and the five community cards (also known as the board).

The fourth and final round of betting starts with the player to the left of the dealer (the button).

After the final betting round, all players who remain in the game reveal their hands if they still think they can win. The player who made the initial bet or the player who made the last raise shows their hand first.

The player with the best hand wins.

Betting Structure for No-Limit Texas Holdem Poker

Minimum raise: The raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round.
Maximum eligible raise: The size of your stack (your chips on the table)

The Betting Rules for Pot-Limit Hold em Poker

Minimum eligible raise: The raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round.

Maximum eligible raise: The size of the pot, which is defined as the total of the active pot (which can be either the main pot or the side pot depending on whether anyone has gone 'all-in') plus all bets on the table plus the amount the active player must first call before raising.

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