Play Free Texas Holdem Online Flash Game
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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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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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