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Texas Hold 'Em is a seven card poker game that is very easy to learn, but very difficult to master.

Each player is trying to make their best 5 card hand, out of their 2 pocket cards and the 5 community cards dealt in the middle of the table.

Prior to the deal, the player to the left of the dealer places a bet called the Little Blind, and player 2, to the left of the little blind, places a bet called the Big Blind.  These are called “blinds” because the players are required to place bets before seeing any cards.  This is done to keep play moving along.

Each player is then dealt 2 cards down. Play starts to the left of the blind and continues clockwise around the table. Each player may bet, raise, or fold in turn. This round of betting ends when the player in the Big Blind position makes a play.

The dealer then burns (throws away a card, face down), and deals 3 cards face up in the center of the table (The Flop).

Another round of betting takes place, starting with the player to the left of the dealer, after which the dealer burns another card, and places 1 card face up in the center of the table (The Turn).

After another round of betting, the dealer then burns a card, and deals the 4th and final card up in the center of the table (The River), after which the final round of betting takes place.

Players remaining in the hand will then show their cards, and the winning poker hand will be awarded the pot.  Any combination of hole cards and community cards may be used to make the best five-card poker hand.

This is No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em, therefore any player can risk all of their chips at any time.  Once a player is out of chips, they are out of the tournament.

Each tournament starts with 10-100+ players with the field being narrowed (by players losing all of their chips) until there is only one man or woman left standing.


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