The Basics of Texas Hold’Em Poker

Poker is a card game where players wager money in an attempt to obtain the best possible hand. The outcome of the hand depends on luck, but players also use strategy to maximize their chances of winning.


Before any hand begins, a player puts a small amount of money into the pot called an “ante.” The dealer then deals two cards to each player, keeping them secret from the other players. A player may then choose to fold, call or raise their ante.

The ante is usually a small amount of money, like $1 or $5. Once all players have put money into the pot, a round of betting is initiated.

During the betting rounds, a player can “fold” by placing all of their cards face-down onto the table, “check” by matching their ante or raising it, and “call” by adding more money to the pot. In some games, a player can even bet all-in.


In a Texas Hold’Em game, the position of the player to the immediate right of the dealer button is called the “button.” A player in this position can act first after the flop and control the size of the final pot.


A duplicate card on the board greatly devalues a hand. For example, if the board is ace-ace-7-4, and the river is a 7, then your hand is “counterfeited.”

Matching method:

In a matching method, a player who wishes to stay in the pot must increase his stake by the amount necessary to match the total so far staked by the previous active player, or he can raise it further. If he fails to do either, he must fold his hand and the players who contributed to the pot must collect the money that they invested.