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How to Play Holdem - Where to Play Holdem

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
Aug/10/2008

Want to learn how to play Holdem (Texas Holdem, Texas Hold Em)? Look no further than this page presented to you by your friends at Gambling911.com. And once you have mastered HOW to play Holdem, you then need to know WHERE to play Holdem.

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1. Blind bets are put out by two players to the dealers left and the dealer then proceeds to put out the small blind while the player to the dealer's left puts out the big blind. Of course you can't learn how to play Holdem without knowing what the blinds entail. The blinds are forced bets posted by players to the left of the dealer button in flop-style poker games. The number of blinds is usually two, but can be one or three.

2. Each player will then be dealt two cards, face down (referred to as hole cards

3. The player to the left of the big blind will either fold, raise the bet or call it. Betting then continues around the table in a clockwise fashion until betting is complete.

4. Three cards are dealt face up in the center of the table by the dealer. The first three "community" cards (which will be used by everyone playing in combination with their own cards) are referred to as the "flop" cards. The flop is probably the most important stage in each poker hand.

Drew Price of Helium.com explains that prior to laying down any community cards the players can only bet on the few cards in there hand(two if playing Hold 'em), and hope that their hands improve as more cards are turned over. Eventually, five cards will be turned over; the flop occurs when the first three cards are turned over. These three cards set the stage for what often becomes an intense round of betting.

5. Players to the left begin placing their bets from the flop onward. A fourth card is then dealt face up (turn card). Then another round of betting commences.

6. A final card is dealt face up. This one is referred to has the fifth street or the river card. The final round of betting takes place with all remaining players showing their cards. Whomever has the best combination of a five card hand by combining their pocket cards with those on the board will be declared the winner. There are instances when the five cards making up the board will be the best hand and in this case, everyone left would divide up the pot.

This is just the basics in learning how to play Holdem. You will be able to master your skills by learning table position importance, learning the best starting hands and worst starting hands, bluffing and more. Practice on WassPoker.com for FREE.

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