A Beginner’s Guide to Texas Holdem


You just got dealt a pair of kings. It isn’t bad off the deal, but it’s not great either. You check and call when you don’t owe anything to the pot, and Dennis raises to twenty cents. Now it’s your turn to play. How will you play this hand? Continue reading to learn the best way to make the best decisions in this poker game. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Pot-limit betting

If you’ve ever played poker, you may be wondering about pot-limit betting and where to place your bets. As the initial bet is the most important factor in how many raises and folds are permitted throughout the round, there are also many different betting options. Depending on the game, players will either open a large range of bets or set a specific amount for each round. Generally, there are four common types of betting limits: blind, pot-limit, and call.

Blind bets

In one-on-one games, called heads-up games, blind bets are required by both players. These bets determine how much can be bet on subsequent streets. Blinds have some strategic importance, and players who bet the least amount first will have a greater chance of winning. The blinds differ in size, and in hold’em, the small blind is the player sitting in the dealer’s position.

Pre-flop betting

Before the final table deal is made, there is a pre-flop betting phase in which players make decisions regarding raising their bets or folding their hand. Players with similar cards can raise up to the amount of the big blind before the flop is dealt. The betting phase begins with the player to the left of the big blind, and it continues clockwise. During this betting phase, the blinds are regarded as “live” and are counted towards the blind player’s contribution.

Dealer button

The choice of the Dealer button is an important one in poker. Many players treat the Dealer button as a toy, pushing it from hand to hand and spinning it around. Others use it as a card protector, which is not a good idea because it may result in mistakes by the dealer. But the right choice of the Dealer button is crucial for winning the game. Here are some tips on choosing the right Dealer button: