.. the key to success in poker is in your hands.

The two players to the left of the dealer put out blind bets. The player directly to the dealer’s left puts out the small blind while the player two to the dealer’s left puts out the big blind.

Even if you’ve never played poker before, you’ll probably have heard of Texas Hold ‘em. Learn how to start playing this game in just minutes with this easy guide!

Firstly, each of the two players on the left hand side of the dealer make blind bets (if you don’t know what this means, refer to the Betting Basics section of this guide). The player on the dealer’s immediate left puts out a small blind, whilst the player on this player’s left puts out a big blind.

Now to the game play! Firstly, each player in the game is dealt two face-down cards by the dealer, called ‘pocket’ or ‘hole’ cards. The first move goes to the player to the immediate left of the player who put out a big blind. This player calls the bet, raises it, or folds. After this player, betting is to continue clockwise around the table.

Once betting is completed, three cards should be dealt in the face-up position in te table’s centre. These first three cards are termed the ‘flop’. These cards may be used collectively by everybody on the table to make the best hand they can. Cribbage players would be familiar with the ‘starter’ card in the game which can be used by both players – this is the same in Texas Hold ‘em. From this point forward, betting starts with the person on the dealer’s immediate left, who can choose to bet or check.

One card is then dealt face-up on the table, called the ‘turn card’. Another round of betting occurs. Once the fifth and final card is dealt, more betting occurs, and each player then lays out their cards face-up on the table. The player who can form the highest-ranking hand of five cards using both their ‘pocket’ hand and the five table cards wins the game.

On the off chance that the five cards on the table make up the highest-ranking hand, the remaining players divide the pot equally amongst themselves. If you’re planning to play Texas Hold ‘em, make sure you familiarise yourself with the hands of poker before you start playing so that you can maximise your chances of winning.

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