Texas hold’em is the most popular form of poker played today. With the enormous growth in online gambling, this game has become huge in the last few years.
The aim of the game is to make the best five-card hand from any combination of the two private – hole – cards that are dealt to you face down, and the five community cards dealt face up which everyone can use.
The cards are always dealt clockwise; the betting also goes clockwise. Each player takes turns in taking the deal, or the button, as it also known.
The action always starts to the left of whoever has the deal, which moves round one player after each hand.
The two players to the left of the dealer put in bets known as blinds. These blinds are compulsory bets. The player to the immediate left of the dealer posts the small blind, and the next player to their left posts the big blind. The big blind is a bet double that of the small blind.
Now, the game can begin. Moving clockwise round the table from the dealer, every player receives two cards dealt face down that only they see. These are also called pocket cards or hole cards. These cards are not shown to the other players.