How to play, No Limit Texas Holdem Poker

Start of a hand

The following is intended for tournament play.

Before any cards are dealt, there are two compulsory bets, these are the small blind and the big blind.

The big blind is always double the small blind, the blinds increase at set intervals during the game.

Each player is then dealt two cards, the hole cards or pocket cards.

The player sitting to the left of the big blind, is then first to act, the player can fold, call or raise, a raise must be at least the size of the big blind.

Each player following in order, have the same option, to, fold, call or raise. Once the option has passed to the big blind, the big blind may check, fold or raise,

Three shared cards are then placed on the table, these are known as the community cards, or the flop.

The player left of the dealer, button, is first to act and has the option to check, fold or raise, all players following have a similar option, to fold call any raise or re-raise.

When the round of betting is complete, a fourth card, the turn, is then dealt to the table, a further round of betting then takes place.

After this round of betting, the fifth card, the river, is dealt to the table, a further round of betting takes place.

The end of the hand

The hand can end in one of two ways.

One way is when one player places a bet that no other player wishes to call, this player may not have the best hand, however the player is not required to show.

The other way is when there is a showdown, players turn over their cards and the best hand wins.