How to Deal Texas Hold ‘Em

If you're having a poker night, it's important to know how to deal Texas Hold 'Em, the most popular game around. As seen on televised tournaments, Texas Hold 'Em is considered an easy game to learn. Since its rules are less in-depth than other poker games, it is perfect for home games with friends. Here are step-by-step instructions how to deal Texas hold 'em:

Things you will need:

  • A deck of cards
  • At least two players
  1. Shuffle the cards thoroughly. Once your deck is prepared (the jokers removed, since they have no place in Texas Hold 'Em) it is important to shuffle the deck thoroughly. Many believe shuffling the deck five to seven times is sufficient.
  2. Cut the cards. If you are playing a home game, offer the deck to the player to your right to cut the cards. If you are acting as the dealer and not playing the game, you may cut the cards yourself. Now you are ready to learn how to deal Texas Hold 'Em.
  3. Make sure blind bets are out. The player immediately to the dealer's left is the small blind, and the player to his left the big blind (twice the value of the small blind). These bets are required to ensure action on every pot. It is important to understand the blind bets when learning how to deal Texas Hold 'Em.
  4. Deal to the left, two cards to each player. Begin at your left, one card at a time, going around, until everyone has two "hole cards." These cards are face down; players should keep their hands secret. Betting begins with the player after the big blind and goes around until everyone has called or folded. If there are two or more people still in the pot, continue.
  5. Deal the flop. The flop is three community cards, face up, in the center of the table. Before dealing the flop, "burn" one card, placing it face down to randomize the flop, then display the three flop cards. If, after betting, there are two or more people in the hand, continue.
  6. Deal the turn. Burn one more card, then add another face up to the board. This is the "turn" card. If, after betting, there are two or more people in the hand, continue.
  7. Deal the river. This is the final board card, displayed after burning another card face down. Betting continues until the hand is decided.

Now you know how to deal Texas Hold 'Em. Have fun!

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