Texas Hold’Em is a seven card poker game that is very easy to learn, but very difficult to master.
Each player is trying to make their best five-card hand out of their two pocket cards and the five community cards dealt in the middle of the table.
Prior to the deal, the player to the left of the dealer places a bet called the Little Blind, and a player to the left of the little blind places a bet called the Big Blind. These are called “blinds” because the players are required to place bets before seeing any cards. This is done to keep play moving along.
Each player is then dealt two cards down. Play starts to the left of the blind and continues clockwise around the table.
Each player may bet, raise, or fold in turn. This round of betting ends when the player in the Big Blind position makes a play (checks, calls, or raises) – OR, in the case of a raise, when the last player to act makes a play.
The dealer then burns (puts out a card face down), and deals three cards face up in the center of the table (The Flop).
Another round of betting takes place, starting with the player to the left of the dealer. After betting is complete, the dealer burns another card, and places a card face up in the center of the table (The Turn).
After another round of betting, the dealer then burns a final card, and deals the fifth and final card up in the center of the table (The River). A final round of betting takes place.
Players remaining in the hand will then show their cards, and the player with the winning poker hand will be awarded the pot. Any combination of hole cards and community cards may be used to make the best five-card poker hand.
Royal Flush Poker plays the “No Limit” style of Texas Hold‘Em. Therefore, any player can risk all of their chips at any time. Once a player is out of chips, they are out of the tournament.