How To play No-Limit Texas Hold'em

No Limit Texas Hold’em has quickly become the most popular online poker game in the world.  No Limit Texas Hold’em is a very easy game to play, but can take years and years of practice to understand all of the Holdem strategies and odds involved in becoming a top notch player.  This article will explain how to play No Limit Texas Hold’em Ring Games/Cash Games, you can also browse around the site for articles on other forms of poker.

  1. No Limit Texas Hold’em is played with a standard 52 card deck and usually has up to ten people per table.  The stakes vary greatly table by table. 
  1. The No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker game begins by having the two players to the left of the button post the small blind and the big blind, these are forced bets.  The blinds are determined by what stakes you are playing.  If you are playing $1/ $2, the small blind posts $1 and the big blind posts $2.  We will be using the $1/$2 game for the remainder of this article.  The button is used to represent which player is in the dealer position. The button and the blinds rotate clockwise after each hand.
  2. Each player is dealt two cards face down, the betting begins with the player “under the gun”(the person sitting to the left of the big blind).  That person has 3 options: Option 1 is to “Call” the $2 big blind, Option 2 is to “Fold”, throw in the hand and not put any money in the pot, Option 3 is to raise, this is No-Limit so you can raise any amount you want, but you have to at least raise the amount of the big blind, $2(which would make your bet $4).  The play continues around the table until all of the players have made their choices.  If a player raises the pot and someone else wants to re-raise, they must raise at least the same amount the original player raised.  Example: Player 1 raises to $10, which is $8 more than the big blind, if another player wants to re-raise they have to raise at least another $8.  If at any time in the hand all of the players have folded except one, that player wins the pot.
  3. After the first round of betting ends the dealer will “burn” the first card on the deck, this is done to prevent cheating.  The dealer will then turn 3 cards face up, this is called the flop.  These are called community cards, all of the players can use these cards along with their two hole cards to make their best five card poker hand.  After the flop will be another round of betting, but this time betting begins with the person closest to the left of the button.  The betting goes around the table the same way it was explained in step 3.
  4. After the second round of betting is complete the dealer will burn another card and turn up one card, this card is called the “turn”.  The betting once again begins with the closest player to the left of the button.
  5. After the third round of betting is complete the dealer will burn one more card and turn up the final community card called the “river”.  The betting once again begins with the closest player to the left of the button.  You will be using your five best cards, you could use one of your cards and four of the community cards, you could use two of your cards and three of the community cards, or sometimes you may even use all five community cards and none of your own.  After the betting is complete the players left in the pot turn both their cards face up, the player with the highest hand gets the pot.  If two players have the same hand they split the pot.
  6. If a player in the hand went “all in” and other players continue to bet, that player can only win the amount that he is all in for from each player. This can be confusing to some people.  Example: Player A goes all in for $100, Player B raises to $200, Player C calls $200, everyone else folds.  Player A could only win $100 from each player.  So a side pot would be created in the amount of $300(plus the blinds) for player A and another pot would have the remaining $200 that players B and C would be playing for.  Players B and C can continue to bet the rest of the hand.

This was just a quick overview on how to play the game, the only true way to learn is from experience.  There are many online poker rooms that will give you free bonus money for trying their site out.  Fulltilt Poker will give you a 100% match up to $600 free. This basically means you can lose $600 and still break even, you can't go wrong with that.