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How to Play Texas Hold'em Poker

Texas Hold'em is the most popular poker game in the poker world today. Using two of your own cards and five shared cards, form a five-card hand whose value is ranked higher than the hands of the other players in the game. Between two and ten players can play at the same Texas Hold'em table.

With PlayNow.com, you can play Limit, No limit and Pot limit.

rule is abbreviation for Rules.

Dealing the Game of Texas Hold'em

The object of Texas Hold'em is to create the best five-card hand using seven cards.

Who shows first?

rule The determination of which players' cards will, and must be, shown first will lie with the player who had initiated the action or with the person who had initiated the last bet, raise or re-raise. This simply means that whoever had the last action on the river must show his/her cards first.

Please note: Players may set their play to "Muck Losing Hands" in the Menu>Settings. Muck Losing Hands - checked - will mean that any losing hand will automatically muck. Muck Losing Hands - unchecked - will mean that the player will be presented with the choice to muck or show when applicable.

Who wins?

In the PlayNow.com poker room, "cards speak." That means the dealer will find the best five-card hand using the five (5) community cards on the board and the two (2) pocket cards in the player's hand. The winner will be decided based on the universal poker hand rankings.

Texas Hold'em Blind Rules

rule All players must pay for their blinds in full before they are allowed to get the button. Therefore, the player who had posted the small blind in the prior hand will receive the button on the next deal of any game. However, during heads-up play, the button will alternate between the two players so that no player holds the button two hands in a row.

In the event that a player only has enough money to cover the big blind, that player WILL NOT participate in the hand. The player will be required to purchase more chips in order to play. For example, if the blinds are $0.25/0.50 and a player has exactly $0.50, that player may NOT play.

In the event there is a new player to the game, two options could then occur:

  1. If the new player is not seated in the big blind, then he/she may choose to "post" the big blind or "wait". If the player does post, then his/her wager is active. If the player chooses to "wait," he/she will have missed the blind. The missed blind must be reposted prior to the next hand.
  2. If the new player is seated in the big blind, then he/she is treated as such.
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