Just how Texas Hold ‘em came about, it somewhat clouded in mystery. A variation of standard poker, Texas Hold ‘em has grown to become one of the most popular forms of poker game play in the world; both online and offline. Generally, most people agree though that Texas Hold ‘em originated in Robstown, Texas in the early twentieth century. It made its way to Las Vegas in the 1960s, steadily growing in popularity, and was introduced to Europeans in the 1980s. Today, the game offers more in prize money than most other poker games.
Placing your bet
In Texas Hold ‘em, the player to left of the dealer must place a small blind, and the player to the left of him must make the big blind. Note that some online variations are different, and players will not need to worry about blinds, as they are irrelevant. In some online play titles, the game begins by placing an Ante bet instead, in the betting circle marked “Ante”. After this, the dealer will deal two cards to the players, and they must proceed with the first round of betting. The dealer will then deal out three community cards in the center of the table, in what is known as the flop. Whether or not blinds are used, depends on whether you are playing solely against the dealer (not used), or against other players (often used).
How to play the game
The player must decide whether to call or fold, when they compare their two cards with the community cards. If they fold, the player is out of the hand. If they call, another bet, equal to the Ante is placed in the call betting zone. The dealer will then deal out an additional community card (known as a turn), and the player must choose to raise, call or fold. Finally, the fifth and final community card (called a river) is drawn. The player will then use the community cards with their own, to build the best possible poker hand that they can, followed by another round of betting. The player with the highest poker hand possible will win. In player vs. dealer Texas Hold ‘em games, the dealer needs a specific hand in order to qualify. If they do not have this hand, then the player will win regardless of their hand.
The ranking of the hands
The hands used in Texas Hold ‘em, are pretty standard to all poker games. The lowest accepted hand is a High Card. This is bettered by a Pair, a Two Pair, and a Three of a Kind. These hands can be beaten by a Straight, and a Flush. The best four hands in Texas Hold ’em are a Full House, Four of a Kind, Straight Flush and a Royal Flush.
When playing against the dealer only, you will often be paid out from a pay-table, according to what hand you have. Although some games have varying pay-tables, generally speaking, players will pick up a 1:1 pay-out for a straight or less. A flush pays out at 2:1, and a 4 of a Kind at 10:1. Players can pick up wins of 20:1 with a Straight Flush, and a Royal Flush is worth 100:1.