Texas Hold'em Poker
Texas Hold'em has become very popular since the first televised World Series Of Poker less than 10 years ago. Most people have some experience with poker growing up and Texas hold'em is one of the simplest versions of the game. Even someone that has no experience with poker can learn the game in less than an hour. It is the only Vegas casino game that is played against other players and the "House" has no advantage or stake in the game.
Poker is based on 5 card hands. Hand values vary from "high card" to "royal flush" and you'll need to become familiar with all the poker hands. A chart of the hands is shown below and a similar chart is available to all players at All In Fun events. It is not against the rules to consult a chart or even ask the dealer about the hierarchy of hands, so you can feel comfortable referring to the chart during play. It won't take long before you'll have it memorized, but it's not necessary to begin playing. In Texas Hold'em you will have 7 cards from which you will pick your best 5 to make up your hand. 2 cards are dealt face down to each player at the beginning of play and 5 more community cards will be shown face up as play progresses. The 5 community cards are available to all players to use. The player with the best poker hand at the end of play will win the "pot".
The "pot" is developed by betting. There are 4 betting rounds in each hand. After 2 cards are dealt to each player, the first round of betting begins. By the rules of the game, the players immediately to the left of the dealer are forced to put in bets. These are called "blind bets" because these players must contribute them to the pot without seeing their cards. On all betting rounds, the players that wish to stay in the hand must match ("call") all bets to continue. Once all the bets are "called", play continues with the dealer exposing 3 of the community cards ("the flop"). At this point there is another round of betting. Again, once all the bets are "called", play continues with the dealer exposing the fourth card ("the turn"). There is another round of betting at this point and then the last card ("the river") is exposed. At this point there is a final round of betting afterwhich the players reveal their cards and the best hand wins. Keep in mind that at any point during the game, if you do not like the strength of your hand, you can surrender your cards ("fold") and forfeit any chance to win the pot. On the other hand, if you like the strength of your hand, you can increase the bet ("raise") in your turn. Betting always progresses clockwise from the dealer and players must act in turn. The dealer position rotates around the table at the end of each hand.
If you're confused at all, do not worry. Explaining the game in words is more difficult than when you're at the table. A little "show and tell" by our experienced dealers goes a long way to understanding the game. Its all about having fun and we're there to help. We'll help you learn all the basics of the game and etiquette so you'll act like a pro when you sit down at a table in Vegas.
|Rank||5-card Poker Hand||Description|
|Best||Royal Flush||Ace High straight flush|
|Straight Flush||5 consecutive cards of the same suit|
|Four of a Kind||Four cards of the same rank|
|Full House||Three of a Kind and a Pair|
|Flush||5 cards of the same suit, not consecutive|
|Straight||5 consecutive cards, different suits|
|Three of a Kind||Three cards of the same rank|
|Two Pair||Two pair|
|Pair||Two cards of the same rank|
|Worst||High Card||Highest Cards Ace high, 2 low|
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