Texas Hold’em Poker
Texas Hold’em Poker is simple to learn but, due to its vast possible situations, it takes a lot of time to
master this game.
History of Texas Holdem Poker
This game originated at the beginning of 20th century and was first started in Texas and Robstown.
There is no evidence about the invention of this game and also nothing about its early years. But,
there are the evidences that Texas Hold’em Poker had remained in the boundaries of Texas until
1967 when it was only Hold’em.
This game was introduced in Las Vegas in 1967 by Crandell Addington and some others. It was then
described as the game of a thinking man and this was because of the strategies that this game
offered to play. Players have a lot of opportunities to show and enhance their intellectual skills and
this led to the success of the game. There was only a single casino named Golden Nugget where you
could play Texas Hold’em Poker at that time.
It is situated in Downtown Las Vegas and due to its sordid image it could not attract the high-stake
players. The game grew in popularity when a tournament was organised in The Dune Casino.
The introduction of World Series of Poker, which was brought by Benny and Jack in 1970, is known
as the big milestone in Texas Hold’em Poker’s history. It has been held every year since. The amount
of participants was small at the time, but it has grown massively and now thousands take part in the
main event of World Series of Poker.
Procedure of Texas Hold’em Poker
For beginners, there are two cards known as “hole cards” and the goal is to make the best five-card
hand. When the game starts, it moves in the clockwise direction in which the first action is to be
made by the person sitting left to the dealer button. A small blind and a large blind are posted by the
two players that sit immediate next to the left of button. It is done to initiate the betting.
What is button?
The position of the button indicates which player is acting as dealer. It is the rule that player sitting
on the button position or the one sitting near to the button who was also the active player in last
deal, will have to perform the last action on post-flop street.
The immediate left player of the dealer button will pick up the first card and will make the small
blind and then the cards are pitched around the table clockwise to each player until everyone get
two starting cards.
The concept of blinds
There are two blinds in Texas Hold’em Poker are the small blind and big blind. The difference in the
value of these blinds depends on the game or on the rules at particular place but generally the
amount of the small blind is half to that of the big one. The blinds or the force bets are made by two
players before the start of new round and these players are those who sit to immediate left of the
button. The main purpose of the blinds is to initiate wagering. If there are no blinds there will be no
need to put money. One another important rule is that the amount of blinds is raised regularly and
as the number of player decreases, the remaining stacks become bigger and then there is the
necessity of increasing the blinds.
First betting / Pre- Flop Action
Once all the players are provided with the hole cards, then the player sitting next to the big blind will
act. He can select any of the three options depending on the cards:
Call: if his amount matches to the big blind
Raise: raising the bet up
Fold: put the cards down
In the last option, the player will not be able to win the hand.
Second Betting/The Flop
After dealing the first three cards, the second round of betting begins. From now on, the first action
will always be made by the player sitting immediate left to the button. Along with the three option
of the first betting round, one another option is made available to the players and that is checking is
any “no betting” has taken place or not. A check means passing the move or action to the next
Third Betting / The Turn
After all the actions on the flop, now the fourth community card will come, which is also known as
“the turn”. And once this round has been completed, other betting rounds will start in the similar
manner. The available options are call, bet, raise, fold and check.
Final Betting / The River
River is the name of fifth community card that comes after all the betting actions have been made
on the turn. After its completion, again the betting rounds will start similarly as that of the previous
When all the betting action is done, the remaining players will expose their hole cards and the
winner will be announced. The winner will be the player having best grouping of the five cards.