Texas Hold'em Poker


Texas Hold'em is the most popular poker variation worldwide. Though its actual beginnings are unknown, Texas Hold'em became well-known in the 1960s in Las Vegas casinos and made its World Series of Poker debut in 1970. Its popularity has grown exponentially since then.

Texas Hold'em is a popular game among New players because of its straightforward rules and thrilling action that combines skill and strategy. Players are handed two hole cards and five community cards are gradually exposed. Their goal is to make the finest five-card poker hand possible. As players place stakes and raise to increase the pot, this creates excitement & thrill. The combination of the ability to understand opponents and obtaining powerful hole cards creates a captivating entertainment experience.

Though the fundamentals of the games are simple to understand, the Texas Hold'em strategy requires practice. Here at PokerCircle, we're committed to empowering new players with the knowledge they need to thrive at the poker tables. Let's have a look at how this incredible game is played, what the rules are, and how the hands are ranked.

What is Texas Hold'em Poker?

Texas Hold'em is a community card poker game that has gained immense popularity over the past few decades. It is played using a standard 52-card deck and can accommodate 2-10 players.

The basic concept of Texas Holdem Poker involves each player being dealt two private 'hole' cards face down. These hole cards are used in combination with five communal 'board' cards placed face up by the dealer to make the best possible five-card poker hand.

Each playing round in Texas Hold'em the pre-flop, flop, turn and river allows players to use their hole cards plus the board cards revealed by the dealer to try to make the strongest poker hand. Since some board cards are revealed gradually across rounds, players have to regularly assess their position based on the evolving state of the board.

The communal nature of board cards is a unique strategic element of Texas Hold'em. Players have to judge when to play mediocre hole cards strongly based on board texture, or fold decent hole cards when the board doesn't connect. Mastering these nuances is key to succeeding at Texas Hold'em.

Overall, the simple concept of using private hole cards and public board cards makes Texas Hold'em easy to learn for beginners. However, the dynamic communal cards ensure there is substantial depth in gameplay, keeping even experts engaged. This perfect balance of simplicity and complexity underpins why Texas Hold'em has become the world's most popular poker game.

Texas Hold'em Rules

Texas Holdem poker rules are pretty easy to understand and it is played with a standard 52-card deck. The game starts with the player to the left of the dealer posting a small blind and the player to their left posting a big blind. These are forced stakes to start building the pot.

Each player is dealt two hole cards face down. These are private cards that only you can see. The first round of the game begins with the player to the left of the big blind. Players can choose to call the big blind, raise, or fold.

After the first round, three community cards called the flop are dealt face up. All players can use the community cards together with their hole cards to make the best 5-card hand.

The second round starts with the first player still in the hand to the left of the dealer button. Players can check if no one has raised yet, otherwise, they can call or fold.

The fourth community card called the turn is dealt face-up. Another round takes place starting with the first active player left of the dealer button.

The final community card called the river is dealt. The fifth and final round takes place. Players can play or raise to force weaker hands to fold.

If more than one player remains after the final round, a showdown occurs. The remaining players reveal their hole cards and the player with the best 5-card hand wins the pot.

Texas Hold'em Hands & Rankings

In Texas Poker, the thrill of the game hinges on building the strongest hand using your two-hole cards and the five community cards. But with ten different hand rankings, how do you know which combination will win? To help you with that, let's look at how the Texas Holdem poker hands are ranked:

  • Royal Flush:

    The undisputed champion, a royal flush, boasts five consecutive cards of the same suit, ranking A-K-Q-J-10. Imagine the envious stares if you unleash this beauty on the table! (Example: A K Q J 10)
  • Straight Flush:

    Almost as impressive, a straight flush is any five consecutive cards in the same suit, but not necessarily the royal sequence. Think of a winning combination like 9♠ 8♠ 7♠ 6♠ 5♠. A straight flush beats everything except the royal flush and any other straight flush of higher rank. For instance, 9♠ 8♠ 7♠ 6♠ 5♠ would be crushed by a royal flush (A K Q J 10).
  • Four of a Kind:

    This hand features four cards of the same rank, like four queens (QQQQ) with any kicker card (fifth card). The highest four-of-a-kind wins if two players share this glory. A four-of-a-kind only is lower than a straight flush or a royal flush.
  • Full House:

    A combination of strength and balance, a full house is formed with three cards of one rank (e.g., three aces) paired with two cards of another rank (e.g., two kings). Imagine the power of AAA KK! A full house can be defeated by a four-of-a-kind, straight flush, or royal flush.
  • Flush:

    A flush consists of five cards from the same suit, but not in a consecutive order. A winning flush of hearts might look like K 10 7 3 2. A flush is lower than a straight flush, four-of-a-kind, or full house. However, it can outrank a higher straight (explained in point 6).
    Here's where it gets interesting! The remaining hand rankings are compared based on the highest card value within the hand.
  • Straight:

    A straight features five consecutive cards in any suit. Don't underestimate the power of a well-timed sequence, like 7♣ 6 5 4♠ 3♣. A straight is lower than a flush, straight flush, four-of-a-kind, or full house. However, it can beat a higher flush if the highest card in your straight is higher than the highest card in the opposing flush. For example, your 7♣ 6 5 4♠ 3♣ straight would defeat a K 10 8 7 3 flush
  • Three of a Kind:

    Three cards of the same rank, like three eights (EEE), with two unmatched cards create this hand. It's a solid contender, but remember, a higher three-of-a-kind or any of the stronger hands can outrank it. The ranking is determined by the value of the three matching cards.
  • Two Pair:

    As the name suggests, two pairs feature two distinct sets of two cards with the same rank (e.g., two jacks and two sixes) accompanied by a fifth unmatched card. Two pairs is lower than all of the hands mentioned above. The ranking is based on the highest pair, then the second-highest pair, and lastly, the kicker card (the unmatched fifth card) if needed to break a tie.
  • One Pair:

    The foundation for many bluffs, a one-pair hand consists of two cards of the same rank and three unmatched cards. While not the strongest, a clever player can use it to their advantage. One pair is lower than all the previously mentioned hands. The ranking is determined by the value of the two matching cards. If two players have the same value pair, then the winner is determined by the highest kicker card (the unmatched fifth card). If both kicker cards are the same value, then the pot is split.
  • High Card:

    This is the simplest hand. A high card scenario occurs when your five cards don't form any of the above combinations. In this case, the highest individual card determines your fate. A high card is the lowest ranking among all the previously mentioned hands. If multiple players have high card hands, the winner is determined by the highest single card they hold. If players have the same highest card, then the next highest card is compared, and so on.

Remember: In a showdown, the player with the highest-ranked hand according to this list wins the pot! If two players have the same hand ranking (e.g., two flushes), the winner is determined by the highest card within that hand.

Bonus Tip: When comparing hands of the same rank (e.g., two flushes or two straights), suit value doesn't matter. Spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs all hold equal weight.

Now that you're armed with this knowledge, practice identifying hands and their rankings on PokerCircle. With time and some strategic gameplay, you'll be a Texas Hold'em poker hand-ranking expert in no time!

Play Texas Holdem Online on PokerCircle

Now that you understand the rules and hand rankings of Texas Hold'em, you can start playing this exciting poker game on PokerCircle. Here's how to get started:

  • Visit the PokerCircle website to download the mobile app.
  • Create your account and complete the registration process, providing necessary personal and payment information.
  • Deposit funds into your account using your preferred payment method, such as a credit/debit card, e-wallet, or bank transfer.
  • Once your account is funded, navigate to the Texas Hold'em game lobby and join a cash game or tournament of your choice.
  • Take your seat at the virtual table and start playing against other online players.

PokerCircle offers a variety of Texas Hold'em games, including No-Limit and Fixed-Limit variations, to cater to different player preferences and bankroll sizes. You can choose from cash games, where you can buy in and play for real money, or participate in exciting tournaments with lucrative prize pools and potential for even bigger payouts.

Playing Texas Holdem poker online allows you to enjoy it from the comfort of your home or on the go using your mobile device. PokerCircle provides a secure and user-friendly platform, ensuring a fair and enjoyable experience for all players. The platform utilises advanced security measures, such as encryption and fraud detection systems, to protect your personal and financial information.

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner looking to learn the game, PokerCircle offers a range of resources and tools to improve your Texas Hold'em skills. You can participate in free-to-play games, access strategy guides, and join the vibrant online poker community.

Join the online poker action at PokerCircle and experience the thrill of Texas Hold'em like never before. Compete against players from around the world, hone your skills, and potentially win big - all from the convenience of your preferred mobile device. Sign up today and start an exciting poker journey with PokerCircle!