Texas Holdem Step-By-Step Play Guide:
1. The Creator of Texas Holdem came up with a great way to initiate action in every hand of Texas Holdem. The Two players to the left of the dealer will add a starting bet called the small and big blinds.
2. One deck of cards is used. Each player is dealt two cards face down. These are known as your hole or pocket cards.
3. Pre-flop: (before the community cards are dealt.) The player to the left of the big blind starts the betting.
4. Players are now allowed to check, call, raise or fold.
5. The flop: (the first three community cards)The dealer then turns the next three cards face up on the table. These cards are called the flop. These are shared cards that anyone can use in combination with their two pocket cards to form a poker hand.
6. The next round of betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer.
7. The turn:( the fourth community card) After the round of betting is complete the dealer turns the fourth card.
8. Another round of betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer.
9. The river:( the fifth and last of the community cards) The last card is dealt. Players can now use any combination of the five cards on the table and/or the two cards in their hand to form the best five card poker hand they can.
10. Now the final round of betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer.
11. The showdown begins with remaining players. The best hand wins and the pot is his.
Our tournament play rules:
1. Tournament directors decision is final.
2. No bad language.
3. No string bets.
4. Once your chips pass the betting line they are considered in the pot.
5. If a player is mucking his/her cards and their cards land on your cards, your cards are also mucked. (If you do not have a card protector on them.)
6. When there is a “show down” and you turn your cards up, if your cards touch the community cards, your hand will be mucked. (It does not matter if you have a winning hand or loosing hand. It will not play.)
7. If you throw away your cards. No one can turn them over, your cards are mucked. This applies to the “Big Blind”
8. Never touch other peoples chips.
9. If you or someone is “All In” and you are asked to turn your cards up, you are required to do so. If the next community card is turned up and your cards are not turned up your cards will be mucked.
10. Verbal declaration is binding.
11. Not necessarily will the “Tournament Director” be limited to these rules.
12. Most of all have fun!