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No Limit Texas Hold'em Poker Guide

In Texas Hold'em, every player gets two cards at the beginning of each hand often referred as the “Hole Cards”.  Another five cards will be dealt in total face up on the poker table known as the “Community Cards”.  There are four rounds of betting in Texas Hold'em.


This is the first betting round. The two player’s sitting on the left hand side of the Dealer-Button have to put their Blinds into the pot. They are called “Big Blind” and “Small Blind”. The Big Blind is usually two times the amount of money of the Small Blind. They are called blinds because the players have to put the money into the pot before knowing what their hole-cards are.

When every player receives their two cards, the betting action begins clockwise starting with the first player sitting left of Big Blind. Every player has the option to either fold, (not play the hand),  call the current bet (the big blind in the beginning), or raise the bet up. In No Limit you are allowed to raise it to the amount you want, but at least two times the previous bet. The maximum raise is your whole stack on the table and this is referred to as “All-In”. If nobody likes to call a raise, the current hand ends and the responsible player takes the pot.

After the Preflop action, the first three community cards are dealt.


After the dealer has dealt the three Community Cards face up on the poker table, the betting round starts again. First to act is the player left of the Dealer Button, (Small Blind). After him/her, the action runs clockwise again. Your current hand is the combination of your Hole Cards with the Community Cards.

The different possible poker hands are listed on the bottom of this page for ease of reference.


Another Community Card is dealt by the dealer. You are now trying to make the best 5 carded hand possible between your two Hole Cards and the four Community Cards. Another betting round takes place here, similar to the one on the flop


On the River, the last community card is dealt face up on the table. Your final poker hand is now built out of the five open cards Community Cards and you’re Hole Cards. There is no rule how many of your Hole Cards you have to use, so it is possible you just play with your Community Cards. After another betting round like the ones on Turn and Flop, the remaining players show their hands. The best poker hand wins the showdown and takes down the pot.

Poker hands in order of strength beginning with the weakest:

High Card High Card: If nobody has a pair, the highest card wins the pot.
Pair Pair: A pair is two cards of the same value. The higher pair wins the pot. If two players have the same pair, the highest non-paired card (kicker) wins.
Two Pair Two-Pair: Two pairs, if two players have the same two pairs, the fifth card count as the kicker to decide who wins the showdown.
Three of a Kind Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same value counts a three of a kind. The other two cards might play as kickers if players happen to have the same Three of a Kind.
Straight Straight: A straight is a combination of five cards who are directly connected. If multiple players have a straight, the highest straight wins.
Flush Flush: A Flush is a combination of five cards of the same suit (suits are clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades). The highest flush would take down the pot if more than one player have a Flush.
Full House Full House: A Full House is the combination of Three of a Kind and a Pair. In the case multiple players have one, the highest Three of a Kind wins. With the same Three of a Kind the higher Pair wins the pot.
Four of a Kind Four of a Kind: If you have four cards of the same value, you have Four of a Kind (Quads). If both Four of a Kind´s are even, the last card (kicker) decides who wins the pot.
Straight Flush Straight Flush: Is a combination of any Straight and a Flush so you need to have five cards, directly connected and of the same suit.
Royal Flush Royal Flush: The Royal Flush is the ultimate winning hand in poker and cannot be beaten. It is a straight from 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace with all five cards carrying the same suit. In poker all suits are equally ranked.

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