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Play Free Texas Holdem Online Flash Game

Enter your name and then click the 'Play' button to play the free flash version of this Texas Hold'em flash online game.  Instructions are also in the online game.

Instructions for the real Texas Hold'em Poker Game

There is a learn button that will cover the object of the game, game play, ranks and suits, hands, kinds of hands, the bets, and minimums.

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Texas Holdem Rules

  • Most Texas Hold 'Em Poker games start with the two players to the left of the dealer (the button) putting a predetermined amount of money into the pot before any cards are dealt, ensuring that there's something to play for on every hand. This is called "posting the blinds." Most often, the "first blind" -- the player to the left of the dealer -- puts up half the minimum bet, and the "second blind" puts up the full minimum bet.
     
  • Each player is dealt two cards, face down. These are known as the "hole cards."

    Now Betting Begins
     
  • A round of betting takes place, beginning with the player to the left of the two who posted the blinds. Players can call, raise, or fold when it's their turn to bet.

    The Flop
     
  • After the first betting round, the dealer discards the top card of the deck. This is called burning the card and is done to ensure that no one accidentally saw the top card, and to help prevent cheating.
     
  • 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.

    Fourth Street
     
  • The dealer burns another card and plays one more face up onto the table. This, the fourth community card, is called the "turn" or "Fourth Street."
     
  • The player to the left of the dealer (the button) begins the third round of betting.

    Fifth Street
     
  • The dealer burns another card before placing the final face-up card on the table. This card is called the "river" or "Fifth Street."

    Final Betting and The Winner
     
  • Players can now use any combination of seven cards -- the five community cards and the two hole cards known only to them -- to form the best possible five-card Poker hand.
     
  • 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. The player who made the initial bet or the player who made the last raise shows their hand first.

Texas Hold em Tournament

  • Tournaments are held multiple times a year in almost every state in the United States.  Check the internet for game tournaments near you.

Texas Holdem Strategy

  • Most poker experts recommend a tight-aggressive approach to playing Texas hold 'em. This strategy involves playing relatively few hands (tight), but betting and raising often with those that one does play (aggressive).  This strategy is often recommended, but some professional players successfully employ other strategies as well.
     
  • Most Texas Hold em players say that where a player sits in the order of play is an important element of Texas hold 'em strategy, particularly in no-limit hold'em.  Players who act later have more information than players who act earlier. As a result, players typically play fewer hands from early positions than later positions.
     
  • Because of the Texas hold 'em's level of complexity, the game has received some attention from academics. One attempt to develop a quantitative model of a Texas hold'em tournament as an isolated complex system has had some success, although the full consequences for optimal strategies remain to be explored. In addition, groups at the University of Alberta and Carnegie Mellon University are developing poker playing programs utilizing techniques in game theory and artificial intelligence.

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