Texas Holdem has been sweeping the nation for the past decade. There are hundreds of tournaments each year with players winning hundreds of thousands of dollars. Texas Holdem card sets are available in most stores for players who want to play this fun variation of poker at home.
The concept of Texas Holdem is to get a hand of five good cards. There are no wild cards in this card game that is enjoyed throughout the country. Players are each dealt two cards, face down. In the center of the table is the “flop.” The flop consists of four cards, all dealt face up. Each player can use the cards in the center along with those in his or her hand to make the best hand of five cards.
The game begins with two cards dealt face down to each player and two cards dealt face up in the center. The players then commence betting, usually with the player to the left of the dealer beginning the bet. In tournaments, players who are leading often commence betting. The best part about this game is that no one knows what other people have in their hand.
When playing Texas Holdem in a tournament, savvy players will bluff; that is pretend that they have a hand better than they actually do in order to drive other players away from the game. When playing with family and friends for little or no money, most people do not bluff as the small stakes do not usually drive anyone out of the game.
As each card is turned over in the flop, another round of betting commences. The cards in the center are turned over one at a time, in order to drive the stakes of the pot higher. As with most poker card games, the best hand is a straight flush, followed by four of a kind, a full house (a pair and three of a kind), a flush, a straight, three of a kind, two pair and a pair.
Each player can think of the cards in the flop as being his or her own cards, along with the two cards in their hand. In some variations of Texas Holdem, a seventh card is dealt to each of the players at the end, face down. In most tournaments, however, the game stands at six cards: The four flop cards in the center and the two in each of the players’ hands.
Players of this card game use different strategies as to whether to stay in the game or fold. When a player folds, they are only out for the duration of the existing card game and not for the entire tournament or game. For this reason, professional poker players often bluff, raising the pot as if they have a great hand in order to get other players to drop. If only one player remains in the game, he or she wins the pot. If more than one player stays in the game, the person with the highest hand wins.
Most professional poker players will not stay in a game unless they have a pair of Jacks or better in their hand. Because there are no wild cards and no draw, Texas Holdem is often won with just a pair of cards. A player who begins the game with a pair of Aces, for example, in his hand, is in a great position, particularly if there is an Ace in the flop.
Texas Holdem is a fun game, particularly when played outside of a tournament and among family and friends. It is an easy game to learn and is rapidly becoming one of America’s favorite card games.