Texas Hold'em Poker in 7 Quick Steps

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Know your Poker Hand Rankings

Bluffing and mind games aside, you'll still have to form the strongest 5-card hand possible to win at showdown.

Getting to Know Table Positions

You'll need to know. At a 9-handed table, these are Early Position, Middle Position, and Late Position.

All players get two cards dealt face down in the pre-flop round (before the first 3 of five community cards – called the Flop - are dealt).

Pre-flop Action

It starts with three cards being dealt face up – called the Flop.

Post-flop Action

Once all players have had their chance to act post-flop, the next card to be dealt is called the Turn. 

Post-turn Action

The river is the fifth and final of the five cards, but players still have the option to check, bet, call, raise or fold.

Post-river Action

The showdown is one of the tensest and most exciting part of the game.

What Happens at Showdown

The show must go on in Texas Hold’em poker, and that’s precisely what happens after someone has won a hand.

Ready for a New Round

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