Bluffers Guide to Texas Holdem

Are you one of the people interested in poker, but intimidated by it’s bizarre terms and strange rules?

Idly channel-hopping one night, nothing on, and on a sports channel you see a dark room, maybe shrouded in smoke.    Five, six guys and gals sitting mutely, staring at the green felt, doing nothing, trying to give nothing away.
The final card is turned, a string of nonsensical words spill from the excited commentator, ’the river’, ‘a straight’, ‘should go all in’ but at the table, nothing happens.    There’s not even a murmur, because the hand’s only getting interesting.    And, knowing that something dramatic is happening here, you wish you had some idea of what that something is.

These articles will help you figure out exactly what is going on with an explanation of some of the terms used in Texas Hold ‘em, the most popular form of poker played today, and the one you see on the T.V. and on the internet.

With our help, you’ll soon be able to enjoy the spectacle of poker on T.V., and be well on your way to enjoying the game with friends either on or off-line.

Dealing -

‘The Flop’ - after each player has been dealt two cards and the first round of betting is complete, the FLOP is dealt.    This refers to the three cards dealt face up in front of the dealer, which are common to every player.

‘4th Street’ - this is the name often given to the fourth card dealt in front of the dealer.    After the flop is dealt, a round of betting ensues.    When this has been completed, the dealer deals a fourth card beside the Flop cards.

‘The River’ - this is the fifth and final card dealt, face up, in front of the dealer.    There are now five cards in front of the dealer, and each player’s hand is made up of the best five cards out of the two cards in front of them, and the five in front of the dealer.