Sunday, August 2, 2009

Texas Hold'em Basics Getting Started

One of the hottest games on Facebook right now is Texas Hold'em. Not only is this game popular on Facebook but it is arguably the most popular poker game played worldwide. If you are playing on facebook or anyplace else the basics are the same. The game is easy to learn and once you get started can become very addicting.

The game begins with 2 players placing what are called blind bets, a big blind and a small blind. When playing at a table this is usually the 2 players to the left of the dealer. When playing on Facebook the blinds rotate around the table. Next 2 cards are dealt and the player to the left of the person who placed the big blind starts the next round of betting.

Next the dealer will deal 3 cards face up followed by another round of betting. Then a 4Th card is dealt face up and another round of betting. Finally the 5Th and final card is dealt with the last round of betting.

After all the betting is done the remaining players will show all their cards to reveal who has the best 5 card hand combining the 2 face down cards( hole cards) and any 3 of the face up cards is the winner.

So what are your betting options when it's your turn? There are basically 4 options you can use when betting.

You can "raise" which basically means you want to bet more then the previous player.

You can "call" which means you are betting the same as the previous player.

You can "check" This means you are passing on your turn without folding(quiting). This option is only available if no one else has placed a bet in that round.

Finally you can "fold" Which is basically quitting. This is usually done if you have a really bad hand or the betting has become to high.

The best part playing on Facebook is there is no real money so you really have nothing to lose, except maybe your pride.

Here is a great video guide to get you started

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