Texas Hold'em Poker

Up to ten players compete against each other to win as many chips as possible.

The game is not just about the luck of the two cards you get given,
it is a game of tricking your opponents to and see how far they will go to win the game.

Outwitting your opponents is the big attraction of the game with the cards you hold.
Winners can be losers, and losers can be winners. Bluff your mates to win the game!

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How To Play

Before any cards are dealt, mandatory blind payments known as the "small blind" and the "big blind" are contributed to the pot by the players occupying the small blind and big blind positions.

Each player at the table is dealt two cards referred to as "hole cards" which they will use to construct a five-card hand.

Players take it in turn to act at the poker table, moving in a clockwise direction. When it is our turn to act, we have the following options.

Bet - Make the first wager on the current betting round (if no bet has been made before us).

Call - Exactly match any wager on the current betting round (implies a bet has already been made before us).

Raise - Increase the size of the wager on the current betting round (implies a bet or a raise has already been made before us).

Check - Make no wager and continue with the hand. (Only allowed if there is no bet or raise before us on the current betting round).

Fold - Discard our holding rather than match the existing wager on the current betting round. By folding we forfeit all right to winning the pot.

The first betting round begins which known as preflop. The action starts with the under-the-gun position and moves in a clockwise direction around the table.

After all preflop betting actions are complete, three cards are dealt face up in the center of the table known as the flop. These are "community cards" that all players at the table can use to construct their hand.

The flop betting round takes place, starting this time with the player in the small blind. Note that UTG only acts first on the preflop betting round.

After the flop betting round is complete, a single additional community card known as the turn card is dealt face up on the table.

The turn betting round takes place, starting again with the player under-the-gun.

After the turn betting round is complete, a final community card known as the river card is dealt face up on the table.

The river betting round takes place, starting with under-the-gun.

After the river betting round is complete, any players remaining must reveal the strength of their hand. This is referred to as showdown. The best hand wins the pot.

Note that showdown is not necessarily reached in the majority of poker hands. If all players (bar one) fold their hand, then the pot is awarded to the last remaining player without the need for showdown or any additional betting rounds.

1. Royal Flush

The five highest-ranking cards in sequence.
10, J, Q, K, A all in the same suit.

Royal Flush

2. Straight Flush

Five suited cards in sequence.
The highest card determines the rank of two straight-flush hands.
e.g. A nine high hand beats an eight high one.

Straight Flush

3. Four Of A Kind

Four cards of the same rank.
If you're holding four kings and a rival
player shows four queens, then the kings win.

Four Of A Kind

4. Full House

Three cards of the same rank, plus another two cards of the same rank.
Where there are two full houses,
the highest rank of triplets wins.

Full House

5. Flush

Five cards of the same suit that are not in sequence.
If two players have a flush, the person
with the highest card in their flush wins.


6. Straight

Five cards in sequence, not all of the same suit.
The highest card within the straight determines
the winner when there are two straights.


7. Three Of A Kind

Three cards of the same rank and two other cards.
The rank of the three matching cards
determines the rank of the hand.

Three Of A Kind

8. Two Pairs

Two separate pairs of matching cards of different ranks.
Highest pair wins in a tie break situation.
The fifth card decides if there are two identical pairs.

Two Pairs

9. Pair

Two matching cards of the same value.
The ranking of the pair of cards
determines the strength of the hand.


10. High Card

The worst hand so use your poker face.
If two players turn their cards over with no better hands available
the person with the best five cards, including those in the flop, wins.

Royal Flush