About the game

Texas hold'em (also known as hold'em or holdem) is a variation of the standard card game of poker. The game consists of two cards being dealt face down to each player and then five community cards being placed. Players will take turn to check, bet, raise or fold in between the game. At the end of the game, the player who hold the best possible five-card hand from their two hole cards and the five community cards on the table wins the game.


The objective of winning players is not to win every individual hand, but rather to make mathematically and psychologically correct decisions regarding when and how much to bet, raise, call or fold. By making such decisions, winning poker players can maximize their expected gain on each round of betting, thereby increasing their long-term winnings.

Guided Game

To help you understand the game better, we will start with a guided game. Explaining each phase of the game as well as the options available to you.

Buy In

When you first enter the room, you are not in the game yet. You will need to "buy in" the game to get youself "seated", ready for a game. Basically, "Buy in" means setting aside a sum of money for the game to get yourself seated and ready to play.


The game will start if there are 2 or more players.


Buying in during a match only allows you to join the next game.


To "buy in" click on the "sit in" button at you desired position. Then set the desired amount to buy in.

Blinds

Texas Hold’em is played with two blinds (a forced bet before the pocket cards are received). The two players to the left of the dealer start with placing blind bets. The small blind is posted by the first player and the big blind by the second. The big blind is always the minimum bet at the table and the small blind is half.

First round

When the blind bets are placed, the dealer gives out two cards to each player. The dealer deals clockwise. The two cards are called “hole cards” or “pocket cards”. After this the players choose if they would like to make a bet. The person after the big blind starts.


During your turn in the betting round, these options are available to you


  1. Bet
    Put money in the pot
  2. Call
    To match/equal another player’s bet
  3. Fold
    Forfeit cards and your chance of winning the pot
  4. Check
    Passing on making an action (if no bet is in play)
  5. Raise
    To increase another player’s bet
  6. All In
    Bet all the chips you have on the table.

Even if it is not your turn in the betting round, you can select one of the following options which will execute immediately during your turn.


  1. Call/Check
    Call/Check based on the current bet
  2. Call Any
    You will always call no matter what the current bet is
  3. Fold
    You will fold immediately during your turn
  4. Check/Fold
    Check if no bets are placed during your turn, fold otherwise

In the first round, the "check" option is not available because the blinds are in place. This option will be available for subsequent betting.


All players shall put the same amount in for the game in order to continue. So if one player raises, the other players must either call or raise, or fold (drop out of the round).

If you do not have enough to follow a bet, you can do a "All In" to stay in the game. However, the pot will split accordingly and you will not be able to win more than your bet even if you have the highest hand.
Second round – the Flop

Dealer turns three cards on the table – the Flop. These three cards are community cards and can be used in combination with the two hidden cards each player has in his/her hand. The remaining players now start the second round of bidding. The first player to the left of the dealer starts the bidding round.

Third round - the turn

The dealer now distplays the fourth community card on the table, so all players have six cards to play with. A round of betting now takes place.

Fourth and final round – the river

The fifth and last community card on the table is displayed. The final round of betting will take place.

The showdown

The player who hold the best possible five-card hand from their two hole cards and the five community cards on the table wins the game.


Before the showdown, the game will end if all the other players fold. The pot will go to the remaining player.