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Introducing Texas Holdem Poker
One of the most popular and simplest type of poker as of date, it is regularly viewed on the television. Its popularity is significantly increasing and each year in this game, the winner of World Series of Poker is determined. Beginners are always recommended to start with this type.

History of the game
The origins of the game cannot be exactly dated. However, it can be said that in the early 1900s, the earliest game was played in Robstown, Texas and the first game came to Dallas, Texas in 1925.

A group of Texan gamblers and card players inclusive of Crandell Addington, Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim introduced it in Las Vegas and further introduced in Europe by bookmakers Terry Rogers and Liam Flood.

Objective of the game
The objective of a player is to win the pot which is the sum of money bet by him and other players. The pot has to be won either with a showdown by forming a combination of best hand out of the (up to) 7 cards available or by betting in a way that the players to give up their claim to the pot and be out of the games.

Play of the hand
Initially, only two cards are dealt to each player face down (which will possibly be revealed at showdown making it a closed game) called the ‘player’s hole’ or ‘pocket cards’. The player to the left of the big blind (or if there are no blinds, player to the dealer’s left) begins the pre-flop betting round which continues clockwise.

About Betting in the game
Usually the game is played with big and small blind bets. In the later stages of the game, in addition to the blinds, antes may also be used. A dealer button representing the player in the dealer position rotates clockwise after each hand, changing the position of the dealer and the blinds. The small blind is usually half the big blind and is usually posted by the player who is to the left of the dealer. The big blind, equal to the minimum bet, is posted by the player left of the small blind. In tournament poker, the blinds/antes increase gradually as the game advances.

About Showdown
A showdown happens when two or more players remain after the final betting round. If a player is betting causing all other players to fold, then the remaining player wins the pot and he does not need to show his hole cards. At showdown, each player tries to make the 5 best cards’ combination with the 2 hole cards and 5 community cards. A player can use both or only one or none of his hole cards. If the best hand is played by more than one player, the pot is shared equally by the remaining players. The players usually have closely-valued but not identically ranked hands.

One has to be careful in determining the best hand; the goal is to make the best five-card hand.





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