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Texas Hold'em Rules

Regardless of whether you play live or online poker, Texas Hold'em is the most popular poker variation today. This is a short description of the rules for Texas Hold'em.

The cards are dealt

In Texas Hold'em two hole cards, cards that are hidden from the other players, are dealt to each player. Successively following this, five cards are dealt face up on the board to become the community cards that all players share. The posting of small blind and big blind respectively, begin the hand.

Through four rounds of betting [link to page on betting].

, the hand develops.

The betting begins

The first betting round takes place after the hole cards have been dealt. Following the betting, the flop is dealt, three cards dealt to the board, and followed by a second round of betting.
The turn is then dealt, a fourth board card, and the third betting round occurs. Finally the river is dealt, the fifth and last community card, allowing for the last betting round to be battled out with all the cards on the board. If more than one player remains in the hand, there is a showdown.

Texas Hold'em showdown

The best possible five card poker hand [link to hand ranking] is made in the showdown, by using the hole cards in combination with the board cards.
The players may use the two hole cards together with three board cards, one hole card with four of the board cards, or simply all five board cards and none of the hole cards.

The player with the best poker hand wins the hand.