How to Play Texas Hold'em Poker

Hero Poker Picture


  • Texas Hold'em is the most popular poker game worldwide.
  • Each player gets two private "hole" cards and there are 5 community cards on the table that everyone can use.
  • Betting occurs over 4 rounds (preflop, flop, turn, river).
  • To win, you need to make the best 5-card hand using your hole cards and the community cards.

The Deal

  • Play moves clockwise, starting with the player to the left of the dealer button.
  • Two players post mandatory bets called blinds to initiate betting.
  • Each player gets two hole cards dealt face down.

Betting Rounds

  • Preflop: First round of betting after hole cards are dealt.
  • The Flop: First 3 community cards dealt, followed by a betting round.
  • The Turn: Fourth community card dealt, followed by a betting round.
  • The River: Final community card dealt, followed by the final betting round.

The Showdown

  • Remaining players reveal hole cards, best 5-card hand wins the pot.
  • You can use one, both, or none of your hole cards along with community cards.

Hand Rankings

  • Standard poker hands from high to low:

    • Royal flush
    • Straight flush
    • Four of a kind
    • Full house
    • Flush
    • Straight
    • Three of a kind
    • Two pair
    • One pair
    • High card
© Copyright 2023 Poker Ape