No Limit Texas Hold 'Em is a seven card poker game that takes a few minutes learn, but a lifetime to think you have it mastered. The object of a Texas Hold ’Em Tournament is to be last player in the game with chips. When a player loses all of his/her chips, he/she is out of the tournament and cannot continue playing.
Need a quick refresher? Here is one hand of Texas Hold ‘Em:
1. POST BLINDS. The two players to the left of the Dealer Position will post (bet) the Little Blind and Big Blind.
2. DEAL. Dealer will shuffle the cards and all players will each be dealt two cards face- down. These are the “hole” cards.
3. BET (Round 1). The first round of betting takes place and begins with the player to the left of the Big Blind.
4. THE FLOP. The Dealer will place one card face-down on the table (the “Burn” card) and then places the next three cards in the deck face-up in the middle of the table. These are the first “community” cards and are for all players to use in their hand to ultimately create the best five card poker hand. These three community cards are “The Flop”.
5. BET (Round 2). The second round of betting takes place and begins with the first active player in the hand to the left of the Dealer.
6. THE TURN. The Dealer will “burn” a single card face-down and will then deal a single card face-up into the community. This card is titled, “The Turn”.
7. BET (Round 3). The third round of betting takes place and begins with the first active player in the hand to the left of the Dealer.
8. THE RIVER. The Dealer will “burn” a single card face-down and will then deal a final card face-up into the community. This card is titled, “The River”.
9. BET (Round 4). The last and final round of betting will take place and begins with the first active player in the hand to the left of the Dealer.
10. SHOWDOWN. After final betting is completed, all players still remaining in the hand are asked to turn over their cards so that the winner can be determined.
Your final hand will be made by using five of the seven available cards to you. The seven cards include your two hole cards and the five community cards on the table. With these seven cards, you will make the best possible five card poker hand from the list below. The highest ranking hand will win the pot.
Sometimes the best hand is made by the five community cards alone. For example, if the community cards were 10 J Q K A and you had a pair of Nines (9, 9) as your hole cards, your hole cards would not play as there is a Straight of higher value already showing. This is called playing the board.
The winner is the player who has the highest ranking five card poker hand. Any combination of the seven cards is available for use. In most cases the player will use both hole cards in the hand. In other cases, the player may only use one of the hole cards in his hand. In even rarer cases, the player may be playing the board, and it becomes impossible to win the entire pot at Showdown.
After the winning hand has been determined, the winner will take the chips in the pot.
The Next Hand: All three starting positions (Big Blind, Little Blind, and Dealer) will move one position to the left. The next hand will play out in the same manner as described above. Continue to repeat the process for the entire tournament.
In the event that the Big Blind (the position that would be the subsequent Little Blind) loses all of his/her chips during the hand, the next hand will not have a player in that position to post the Little Blind.
In the event that the Little Blind (the position that would be the subsequent Dealer) loses all of his/her chips during the hand, the player closest to the Dealer position moving counter-clockwise (right) from the Blinds will be the substitute Dealer for the next hand.
In the event that the first player to the left of the Big Blind (the position that would be the subsequent Big Blind) loses all of his/her chips during the hand, the Big Blind position will move to the first player to the left of that position. There is always a Big Blind posted in every hand.
For all players of all skill levels, we recommend the following books (some oldies but goodies!!)
- Doyle Brunson's: Super System 1 & 2
- Mike Caro's: Book of Poker Tells
- T.J. Cloutier's: Championship No Limit & Pot Limit Hold’em
- David Sklansky's: No Limit Hold'em: Theory and Practice
- Phil Gordon's: Little Green Book