Texas Holdem Poker

Beginners and novices guide to the game of Texas Holdem Poker as played on Prima Poker software.

Texas Hold'em Poker has four rounds of betting and is one of the fastest games in a poker room. It usually has the most players, with ten Players able to finish a hand quickly. Texas Hold'em Poker is the lowest-limit Multi-Player Poker game. The object of the game is to finish with the best poker hand, and win the pot. The number of Players that can play Texas Hold'em Poker ranges from 2 to 10.


To play Texas Hold'em Poker you must have enough chips to place a blind bet and a bet. Texas Hold'em plays as follows:

The Players to the left of the Dealer begin the game by posting the blind bets. The Player on the Dealer's left posts a small blind, and the Player on the Small Blind's left posts a big blind bet.

The Dealer's position at the table changes after every game. The dealer-button shows the Dealer's position at the table.

Two pocket cards are dealt to each Player. In the first round, the Player to the Big Blind's left plays first and can either:
Fold, Bet, Raise

In the first round, betting is capped at one bet and three raises per Player. The Big Blind is the only Player who can Check in the first round of betting.

In the second round, three community cards are dealt. This is called the Flop. Players can either:
Check, Fold, Call, Raise

The first two rounds of betting are at the lower limit, and the last two rounds are at the higher limit. For example, in a $2/$4 game, the first two rounds are at $2 and the last two rounds are at $4.

In the third round, a fourth community card is dealt, called the Turn. Another round of betting follows.

In the fourth round a fifth and final community card is dealt, called the River Card. This is followed by the final round of betting. The remaining Players then use their two pocket cards and the five community cards to create the best five-card hand possible. The winner takes the pot.

If two or more Players have the same hand, the pot is split equally between them. Any odd chips go to the Player nearest the Dealer.

To improve your chances of winning, use the following strategies:

  • Five of the total seven cards are viewable on the second round of betting. This gives you a good idea of how strong your final hand could be
  • To complete a possible winning combination, it is important to consider how the five community cards interact with your hidden hand
  • Fold when necessary. You haven't lost much if you have a worthless hand and decide to fold early in the game