How To play Limit Texas Hold'em

Texas Hold’em has quickly become the most popular poker game in the world. Limit Texas Hold’em is one of the variations of the game. It 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 Limit Texas Hold’em Ring Games/Cash Games.

  1. 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 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 $2/$4, the small blind posts $1(half of the bet) and the big blind posts $2(one full bet).  We will be using the $2/$4 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, by matching the amount of the first bet and adding an equal amount to it, making it two bets which is equal to $4 in this scenario. 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 can only raise and additional $2. Example: Player 1 raises to $4, if another player wants to re-raise they can only raise it another $2 making it $6 total.  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 this round is the same as before the flop($2 increments). 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 one card face up, this card is called the “turn”.  The betting once again begins with the closest player to the left of the button. This round the bet has to be $4 and any raises have to be an additional $4.
  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.  The betting this round is the same as on the turn($4 increments). After the betting is complete the players remaining 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.

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, some that even offer Ongame Rakeback and others 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.