How to Play Texas
1) Prior to dealing the
cards, two blinds (the
Small Blind and the
Big Blind) are placed in
the pot by the two players to the immediate left of the dealer. The
blinds are put in to start the action.
2) Everyone is dealt two
down cards. The action begins with the player to the
left of the Big Blind folding,
calling, or raising. Action continues
with all players making one of these decisions. This is the first
3) Upon completion of
the first round of betting, the dealer then turns over three cards
("flop cards"). This is the second betting round. Beginning with this
round of betting (and throughout the remainder of the hand), the
player to the left of the button acts first. A player may now
(not bet or fold) or bet if there is no betting in front of them. If
there is betting and/or raising in front of them, they may Call,
Raise, or Fold.
4) Following the
completion of action on the "flop", the dealer turns over another
card ("turn card"). This is the third round of betting. The betting again starts with the player closest to the left
of the button.
5) Following the
completion of action on "the turn", the dealer turns over the last
card ("river card"). This is the
final round of betting.
6) When all bets are in,
the showdown takes place between remaining players where the winner
is declared. A player uses his best five cards from his
and the community cards (flop, turn and river cards) to determine