TEXAS HOLD 'EM

Players: 2-10

Goal: Outbid your opponents or hold the best hand to win

Rules:

  • Prepare the game by dealing out poker chips or a substitute. Let the group decide how many and much value they hold. Also, let the group familiarize themselves with the ranking of hands here.

  • Before each hand is dealt, the player to the left of the dealer antes the "small blind", and the second player to the left antes the "big blind."

  • The small blind is typically half of the value of the big blind. For example: Many games start with a simple, one-chip small blind and two-chip big blind. You can also use, for instance, 10 chips in the small blind and 15 in the big blind. Players agree on this before the play begins. The other players do not ante, just the first two to the dealer's left. The dealer and blinds rotate a position to the left after each round.

  • The dealer deals each player two cards face-down. The players evaluate the strength of their cards and then choose one of three betting actions: "fold" by giving in their cards and waiting for the next round, "call" by matching the minimum bet (the big blind), or "raise" by betting more than the big blind. Players make this decision one at a time, starting with the player to the left of the big blind. A player cannot participate further without having bid the same amount as the max bid.

  • Once players have made their decisions, the dealer puts three cards face-up in the centre of the table. These first three community cards are called "the flop." A round of betting follows, with the same rules as previously.

  • The dealer then adds another face-up community card, called "the turn." Again, a round of betting follows.

  • The dealer then places the final community card, "the river," face-up next to the other cards. Players can now see all the cards at their disposal. However, only the best five-card poker hand that a player can create matters.

  • The players bet one final time. The person willing to bet the most wins, unless two players are willing to wager the same amount. Then, the winner is determined by who has made the better poker hand.

  • The game continues thereafter with a new round. The last player to have any chips left is the winner.

  • Whenever a player wins a game, either by having the best hand at the end of a round or outbidding your opponents, the winner may ask one question from one of the cards on the table (the flop, the turn or the river). The dealer has to answer the question. If the dealer won, or the dealer is not participating in the game, the big blind has to answer the question.