Texas Holdem Poker

Definition

Texas holdem is one of the most famous poker games in the market, which belongs to “community” games. In this game, each player gets a particular number of cards, and also shares several community cards in the middle of the table. Precisely, you will receive two cards face down, with five cards placed in the middle of the table. Players aim to create the best possible hand out of the two cards in the hand and five cards from the board.

History

When it comes to Hold’em origins, the game comes from the same-named state (Texas) and the town of Robstown. It appeared in the early 1900s and remained unnoticed for several decades before the official launch in 1967 in Las Vegas. The game was later played during Hold’em tournament at Dune casino in 1969.

Bet Pay Table

When it comes to possible payouts in Texas Holdem, you can expect to get the following payout for the blinds:

Royal Flush 500:1
Straight Flush 50:1
Four of a Kind 10:1
Full House 3:1
Flush 3:2
Straight 1:1
Three of a Kind or less Push

 

Bonus Pay Table

When it comes to trips hand payout, players can rely on the following:

Royal Flush 50:1
Straight Flush 40:1
Four of a Kind 30:1
Full House 7:1
Flush 7:1
Straight 4:1
Three of a Kind 3:1
Ante bet payout 1:1

Example Hand

Like other poker variations, Texas Holdem comes with several possible hands such as:

 

  • A straight flush: It consists of cards of the same suit and successive order.
  • A 4 of a kind: It consists of five cards, where 4 of the 5 cards have an identical ranking.
  • A full house: it includes 3 cards of the same rank and 2 cards of different rank.
  • A flush: it includes 5 cards of the same ranking. In case of a tie result, a flush with the highest possible card will be winning.
  • A straight: It includes five cards which successive ranks.
  • A 3 of a kind: It consists of five cards, with 3 cards of the identical rank, but additional 2 cards of another rank.
  • 2 pairs: It is a hand with two cards of the same rank, two cards of different rank, and the last card of the third rank.
  • 1 pair: It includes 2 cards of the identical rank and 3 cards with other rank.

The Game at Online Casinos

If you are just starting with Texas Holdem experience, make sure to learn more about the betting process:

 

  • Deal: Each player places an ante bet and receives 2 face-down cards (hole cards). At this point, you can decide to fold or play the game. If you want to play, you should place a bet equal to 2x of your ante bet. If you fold at this moment, you will lose your ante.
  • Flop: After the first phase, the dealer places three cards in the middle of the board (all of them face-up). This phase is known as a flop or the first five community cards. Players can combine cards from the board with hole cards in order to form the best possible hand.
  • Next Betting Round: This round allows players to place another bet or to check. If they want to place a bet, it should be the same as the initial ante bet. If you choose to check, it means that you proceed with the hand without placing a wager.
  • Turn: Fourth community card will be positioned in the middle of the board (face-up).
  • Last Betting Round: One more betting round will take place and you can either check or place a bet equal to ante. This is also the last chance to bet in Texas Holdem Bonus Poker.
  • The River: The last community card (fifth) is dealt.
  • Dealer’s Hand: The dealer unveils his cards and the best possible 5-card hand. This hand is created from the seven available cards (two hole and five community cards).
  • Player’s Hand: Each player turns his cards and the best possible hand from hole and the community cards.
  • Winning/Losing: Player receives the payout if he beats the dealer. If the dealer’s hand is better, a player will lose.

Strategy

Once you decide to play Texas Holdem, be sure to follow some important strategies to increase the winning chances:

 

  • Bluffing: Bluffing occurs when you bet/raise with a hand that’s not the perfect one. With this method, you want to beat the opponent by forcing him to fold. It means that you don’t have to continue with the showdown to win the hand.
  • Poker position is important: You need a stronger hand to qualify for a pot in an early position than the later one. The moves of other players are important, but they are less important than knowing what they will do.

 

House Edge

The house edge of Texas Holdem with the typical paytable and across the full wagering (Ante, Call, Turn, and River bet) is 0.53% under Las Vegas and 1.47% under Atlantic City Rules.

FAQs

What is the RTP rate in Texas Holdem?

If we take a look at Texas Holdem RTP, we can observe that the total main bet offers 99.47% RTP, an initial main bet provides a 97.82% while the trips bet provides 96.50%.

 

Is it possible to play Texas Holdem for free?

Yes, you can find many free poker rooms and get started with Texas Holdem. Once you become comfortable with the rules, you can switch to the real money version.

 

What is a showdown?

This is a term used for the determination of winning hands. After the end of the last round, players will expose their hands and the winner will be decided.

 

What are the small blind and big blinds?

Small and big blinds are mandatory bets in Texas Holdem. Before the start of the new hand, two players must place a small and big blind. The player to the left of the dealer places a small blind, while the player to the right side places the big blind.

 

What is a button?

A button is another term specific for Texas Holdem. It represents a round disc in front of a player which rotates to the left after every hand. Two bettors who are sitting to the left of the button must post a small and a big blind.

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