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Texas Holdem Poker

Texas Holdem Poker

Texas Hold’em is a game played between 2-10 players. Hold’em uses a flat disk called a “dealer button” to indicate the player who, in theory, dealt the cards for that “pot”. The player with the button is the last to receive cards on the initial deal. The first player on the left of the dealer will pay the “small blind” and the next player on the left will pay the “big blind”. Each player is delivered 2 card face down. There will be a “big blind” and a “small blind” before the start of the hand. The “blinds” will be 1 and 2, 2 and 5 or 5 and 10 depending on the table limit. The “big blind” is considered a bet and must be “called” to play the hand. Betting in the first round will always start with the player after that player who has posted the “big blind”.

All players have the option to “call”, “raise” or “fold”. The player with the “large blind” must be given the opportunity to “check” or “rise” once all other players have acted on their hands unless the betting has already been capped before reaching him/her. Then they may either “call” the amount owing or “fold”. There will be three cards dealt face up in the middle of the table. This is called the flop which is part of the board. The board is the five cards used by all players. A betting round will follow. All betting will begin with the player next to the player who has the “Dealer button”. The betting consists of one bet and maximum three “raises”. The fourth card {turn card) is then dealt face up next to the flop followed by a betting round. Again, one bet each player and maximum three “raises”. The last card (river card) is then dealt face up next to the turn card followed by the final betting round. The final betting round again consists of one bet each player and maximum three “raises”. At the end of the final betting round, all players will turn over their two down cards.

The player with the best five card hands shall be awarded the “pot”. In the case of more than one player having the best five card hand, the “pot” will be split equally between these players. In subsequent rounds, the betting will start with the player to the left of the player who has “dealer button”, unless of course, this player “folds” his/her hand. Then the betting will start with the next player on the left who is still in the game. This player will have option to check or bet. The others players in turn will have the option to “check”, “call”, “raise” or “fold”. If a bet established, then all players must either “call” the bet, “raise” or “fold”.

A player will be allowed to go “all-in” if he/she does not have enough money on the table to call a bet or make a full “raise”. He/She will continue playing the board, and the other players will have further bets and “raises” placed in a side “pot”. An “all-in” bet is considered a bet or “raise” and all rounds still consist of one bet and three “raises”. When a player goes “all-in”, a new “pot” is formed with next bet or “raise”. This side “pot” is kept separate from the “main pot” by placing it to its right. If a second side “pot” is formed, that “pot” is placed to the right to the first side “pot”. This will enable the Dealer to settle each side “pot” in sequence.

“Betting round” means a complete cycle from the first bettor to the last person to call.

“Blind” means a designated bet placed before the first card is dealt. The “blind” is a live bet which can win the “pot” if not “called” or “raised”.

“Call” means placing a bet equal to the highest legal bet in that round or going “all-in” if remaining chips are less than the size of that bet.

“Main Pot” means the first “pot” created in a game of Poker.

“Pot” means the sum of the ante wagers, “blinds” and “called” wagers.

“Raise” means a bet within the table limits that is an implicit “call” plus an amount in excess of the previous bet or “raise” by at least as large an amount, except in the case of an “all-in” “raise”. A player will be bound to “raise” if they announce their intention to do so.

“Fold” means to surrender a hand or refuse to “call” a bet.

“Cap” means the maximum amount of rake to be collected.

“Check” means not initiating a bet but retaining all rights to act in the event a bet is made.

English will be the only language spoken in poker room at all times.

Table Stakes Apply: This means cash on the table is considered as of the table action. All money put on the table must remain until a player quits. Player may not cash out any amount, give any amount to another player, or put money in their pockets. The only exception will be for tips and cigarettes. Players must hold their cards over table and keep them in the dealer’s view at all times. No player will be allowed to play over another player’s bankroll.

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