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Game Introduction
Over the last five or so years the popularity of poker online and offline has increased dramatically. This is partly to shows on television that cover tournaments such as the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker. There are many variations of poker but the most poplar by far is Texas Hold'em. If you only learn how to play one type this is it.

Card Values

Texas Hold Em is played with one 52 card deck. All cards have their face values and hands are ranked according to standard Poker Hand Rankings. Aces can be either high or low.

About Texas Hold'Em

The game progresses in the following set order;

Blind Bets
: The players to the dealers left place the big and small blind
Small Blind (the Player who sits left of the Dealer) bets half the lower limit.
Big Blind (the Player who sits left of the Small Blind) bets equal to the lower limit.

Round 1 :
All players are dealt two pocket cards face down
Betting :
After pocket cards are dealt you can fold, bet or raise but cannot check (1 bet or 3 raises allowed)

Round 2 :
The Flop - Three communal cards are dealt face up
Betting :
After the Flop you can check, fold, bet or raise

Round 3 :
The Turn - One additional communal card is dealt face up
Betting Round :
After the Turn you can check, fold, bet or raise

Round 4 :
The River - The final communal card is dealt face up
Round 4 : The final round of betting where you can check, fold, bet or raise

Betting Rules
Playing and betting proceeds in a clockwise direction as per normal poker rules. All bets must be placed in conjunction with the game's betting increments. Each bet and raise during the first two rounds is set at the lower limit of the stakes structure, and for the last two rounds at a higher limit structure.

The maximum allowable number of bets per Player during any betting round in Texas Hold'em poker is four. This includes a (1) bet, (2) raise, (3) re-raise, and (4) cap. The term cap is used to describe the 3rd raise in a round since betting is then capped and can't be raised further. Once capped, Players will have only the option of calling or folding.

For example in a $1/$2 Texas Hold'em game, all bets and raises are $1 for the first two rounds (after pocket cards are dealt and after the flop). All bets and raises are $2 for the last two rounds (after the turn and after the river), following poker rules. In rounds where Players have folded, the first live Player left of the Disc/Dealer is first to act.

The Showdown
After the final round of betting comes the Showdown.The point where all players vying for the win must make up the best possible five card hand using any of the following; 2 pocket cards and 3 communal cards, 1 pocket card and 4 communal cards or All five of the communal cards. The highest hand wins the pot.
 
Pay Offs and House Advantages
Depending on the game betting style (No Limit, Pot Limit or Limit) you can win pots of really any value. The best thing about poker is that you are playing against other players so their is no inbuilt house advantage. The poker rooms make money by collecting a small amount for every hand played - this is called the rake.

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