Poker Rules at

The objective of Poker is to form the best hand  using the hole cards and community cards as per the hand ranking rules in order to win the pot. Every poker variant (Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Crazy Pineapple) has a set of rules which determines the combination in which the hole cards and community cards can be used.

Texas Hold’em Poker

Texas Hold’em is the most popular variant of Poker games. Before you start playing, you must learn the basic rules of poker.

To win, the player needs to create the best five card hand, out of the two private and five community cards dealt during the game.

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How To Play

In the beginning, the dealer distributes two cards to each player face down which is followed by the first betting round (Pre-Flop). Five community cards are dealt face up in a series of three betting rounds namely the Flop, the Turn, & the River. The players have the option to check, bet, raise, or fold at their turn to act in each round. 


The total amount of money that all players sitting on the table invest in the series of betting rounds during a hand. The pot can be won in two situations -

  • If all but one player fold their cards during the betting rounds. The last remaining player gets the pot.
  • After the betting rounds, all remaining players reveal their hands on the table. The player with the best 5-card combination wins the pot.

Before cards distribution, every player puts money in the pot. The dealer button determines which two players need to post the blinds.


To start the betting, before the card dealing, players put forced bets, which are called Blinds. As a player makes this bet without seeing his cards (blind), it is called by this name. The player directly to the immediate left of the dealer button posts the small blind and the player left to him posts the big blind (which is usually 2 times the small blind).

The minimum bet in a betting round is equivalent to the big blind. Because of that, the blind size always dictates the stakes of the game.

In certain formats of the poker game, players have to put in 'Ante' in addition to the blinds. 


Every player contributes an equal amount of money to the pot before the card dealing. The bet amount is predetermined and is collected from all the players at the table before the beginning of a hand.


The player with the ‘button’ becomes the card dealer. He deals the cards to every player starting from his left and ends with himself. He is the last player to act in all post-flop rounds. The ‘dealer’ button moves 1 position clockwise after every game. Only occupied seats are considered while moving the dealer button. The player at the small blind position (the first active player clockwise from the dealer) in a hand becomes the dealer in the next hand.

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