Hold’em (or simply “Hold’em”)
is generally regarded as the most popular variant
of poker today.
Hold’em you are dealt two ‘pocket
cards’ (or ‘hole cards’) face
down which belong only to you. Five community
cards are dealt face up on the ‘board’.
Your object is to obtain the best 5 card hand
using any combination of the 7 dealt cards. The
player(s) left holding the highest ranked hand(s)
[link to hand ranking] wins the pot.
In Hold’em, the “button” is
passed to the next player to the left before the
start of each hand. This is done to indicate the
‘Dealer’ for the hand and all action
is initiated by the buttons position. The player
to the immediate left of the button posts the
“small blind” (or ‘SB’),
typically half of the small bet (this would be
$5 in a $10/$20 game). The player to the immediate
left of the SB posts the “big blind”
(or BB), which is always the full small bet ($10
in a $10/$20 game). Once the blinds are posted,
all players are dealt their pocket cards. Betting
action proceeds around the table clockwise, starting
with the player to the immediate left of the BB.
‘flop” is dealt face-up on the board
and consists of the first three community cards
to be used by all active players. The second round
of betting begins with the first active player
to the immediate left of the button.
bet and raise amounts in these first two rounds
of betting are in increments of the small bet
($10 in a $10/$20 game).
‘turn’ is the forth community card
to be dealt face up on the board after the completion
of the ‘flop’ betting round. Again,
betting begins with the first active player to
the immediate left of the button.
‘river’ card is the fifth and final
community card dealt face up on the board. And
you guessed it, betting begins with the first
active player to the immediate left of the button.
that more than one player remains active in the
hand after the completion of the last betting
round, the ‘showdown’ now takes place
to declare the winner. The last bet or raise on
the river card must show their hand first. If
the river card was checked by all players, the
active player to the immediate left of the button
shows their hand first.
the event of identically ranked hands, the pot
will be divided equally with any left over difference
being awarded to the player nearest the dealers
that the pot has been awarded, the hand is complete
and the dealer button is passed to the next player
to the immediate left and a new hand begins.
on 1 - Heads up
Handed games can offer non-stop excitement –
heads up is the pinnacle as it’s your skills
up against a single player.
rules are altered slightly to accommodate 1 on
1 play. The button will now posts the small blind
and will also initiate the betting pre-flop. The
second player will post the big blind and will
initiate all subsequent betting rounds.