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Familiarize yourself with poker: learn the rules of Texas Hold’em and start with a practice game in a friendly and pressure-free environment. Then when you are ready, you can bet with real money!
TEXAS HOLD'EM • RULES OF THE GAME
A marker called the puck is moved clockwise around the table one player position at a time as the game progresses, to determine the order of distribution of cards and the order during the betting rounds. When play begins, the puck is placed in front of the first active player next to the dealer, who is the equivalent of the traditional casino dealer.
Before any cards are dealt, the first player next to the puck in clockwise order places the small blind bet. The next player in clockwise order then places the big blind bet. The actual amounts of the blind bets will vary in accordance with the type of limits of the table.
Starting with the first active player next to the puck, the dealer deals two face down cards one at a time to each player (the "pocket" cards). Once all players have received their two cards, the first betting round starts with the first player following the player who placed the big blind bet. In each betting round, as the situation permits, players have the following options:
Check: If no player has placed a bet, you can check, i.e. not bet but remain in the game.
Bet: Add a bet to the pot.
Call: Put the same bet into the pot as the previous player.
Raise: Place a higher bet than the previous player.
Fold: Not bet and lose the right of winning the pot (forfeit the game).
If no player has raised the big blind, the player who placed the big blind has the option of checking or raising.
The next betting round starts once all players that remain in the game have checked (whenever this choice is available) or have placed bets for the same amount.
The dealer burns the top card of the deck (which means it is dealt to the side and not used in play) then deals three community cards face up, called the Flop. The second betting round then begins with the first active player following the puck, with the same options as in the first round.
After the fourth betting round, all the players who still have their two pocket cards form the highest possible five-card poker hand in order to win the pot. They can use their two pocket cards and three of the five community cards, one of their two cards and four community cards, or all five community cards. The first player to show his cards is the player who bet or raised last. If no one bet in the previous round, the first active player next to the puck (in clockwise order) shows his hand first.
The player with the highest ranked hand in the showdown or when all the other players have folded, wins and takes the pot. The pot is shared equally among players having identical winning hands. Wins from the pot are added to the winning player's total stakes on the table. If the player is sitting at a cash game table, total stakes will automatically be paid into his or her Espacejeux account upon leaving the table.