How to Play Texas Hold’Em Poker


Poker is a gambling game in which players try to make the best hand out of five cards. It is played with a standard 52-card deck. In some variations, players can use wild cards to supplement other cards.

Cards are dealt clockwise around the table. The player to the left of the dealer cuts the deck.

Players can call or raise the minimum bet. A call means that the player wishes to stay in the game. To avoid forcing others out, players only raise if they have an opportunity.

Some games split the pot between the highest and lowest hands. This is done to determine who wins if there are ties.

If there are ties, the high card breaks them. For example, if two players have a pair, the player with the high card wins. But if there is a tie for a straight, the player with the highest unmatched fifth card wins.

After the draw phase, the dealer deals cards one by one to each player. The dealer’s button is a white plastic disk.

If more than one player calls, a betting round occurs. The player with the best hand, excluding any other callers, wins the pot. Otherwise, all but one player folds.

Players can discard up to three cards. Alternatively, a player can call the minimum bet and stay in the game.

When the dealer’s turn comes, he passes the deck to the player on his right. Typically, players use two decks of different colors for Texas Hold’em.