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Dealer Button:
A marker used to denote the dealer. The small and big blinds are to the dealers left and the dealer receives his cards last and acts last too.

Pocket Cards:
(Hole Cards) The two cards you get  at the start of a hand.

The first three community cards that are revealed in a game of Hold ‘em.

The fifth and final card to be dealt face up in Texas Hold ‘em.

Turn: T
he fourth community card
to be revealed in a game of hold ‘em.

The amount of chips a player has.

Betting on a hand that has little chance of winning if shown, but hoping to take the pot without being called.


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  • Play begins when each player is dealt two cards face down starting with the player to the left of the dealer these cards are known as 'hole cards' or 'pocket cards'.
  • First round of betting players can either fold, check, call or raise based on the value of their two cards.
  • The dealer the deals three cards, 'The Flop' face up in the middle of the table for all to see. Each player now has their two hole cards and three community cards to make up their own five card hand.
  • Another round of betting fold, check, call or raise.
  • The dealer deals one more card, 'The turn' face up in the middle of the table.
  • Each player now has six cards from which to choose their best five card poker hand. The four on the table and their two hole cards.
  • Another round of betting. Fold, check, call or raise.
  • The dealer deals the final community card 'The River', face up in the middle. The remaining players now have seven cards from which to choose their best five.
  • The final round of betting fold, check, call or raise.
  • After all bets have been made, the remaining players turn over their cards, the best hand is established and the winner takes the pot.
  • The dealer button moves one place clockwise, a new hand is dealt.



Texas Hold'em is the king of all poker games. And it requires a ton of skill. But still the most skilled player in the world can't beat a lucky strike. So anything can happen. But here at playtournamentpoker.com we thought we'd guide you through the most essential texas hold'em basics.

Start at the Bottom
Even if you turn out to be the biggest poker talent the world has ever seen, you are best off starting at the bottom. Playing low stakes limit games or tournaments is a good way to get a lot of hands under your belt without taking too big a risk. Sure limit games can be tricky and lacks the element of bluffing, but as a newcomer bluffing is probably not the thing to try. Limit games are much more controlled and less risky to experiment a little with. And as in all things, experimentation is a good way to learn fast.

Don't trust your $1,000000 Play Money Stack!
If you've won a ton of money playing with play money you probably got what it takes to become a good real money player too. But the games differ a lot. So don't jump into a high stakes real money game expecting to kick butt. But you are probably set to take on a low stakes game. Because sometimes they are even wilder than play money games!

Starting hand Value
Your two pocket cards, or hole cards, are the only factors that separate your hand from the other players' hands. So learning how to play them is vital. An AA (ace-ace) combo simply has a much greater chance of winning than say a 7-3 combo. Play the good starting hands. Fold the bad.

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Position Play
Being seated in "late position" in a poker game is a huge advantage since you then get to see your opponents make their moves before you have to act yourself. To become a good player, one must understand, and learn to take advantage of this advantage. A good starting hand in an early position may actually be a worse hand to play than a bad hand in late position.

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No matter the betting round, if you have nothing and can't draw to anything, fold faster than Superman on laundry day. It's as simple as that.

Poker Hand Nicknames

AA Pocket Rockets, Bullets, American Airlines
KK Cowboys, King Kong
QQ Double date, Canadian Aces, Siegfried and Roy
JJ Fish hooks
99 German virgin (no, we don't know why)
88 Snowmen
77 Sunset strip
66 Route 66
55 Speed limit
44 Magnum, Sail boat
33 Crabs
22 Ducks
AK Big slick
AQ Big chick
AJ Black Jack, Jack-ass
KQ Royalty, Marriage
KJ Kojak
J5 Jackson five
Q3 Gay waiter
95 Dolly Parton
A8 Dead man's hand (A player named Wild Bill Hickok was shot in 1876 after winning with it!)
K9 Canine
J4 Flat tyre

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