One of the most popular variations of poker room games is Texas Hold’em. This is a “community card” variation of poker, which means that some of the cards are placed in the middle of the table face up and are shared by all the players.
Each player has two of their own cards that they alone can see, and they have to combine these with the five community cards on the table to form the best possible five-card combination.
After the players get their two down cards called “hole cards” or “pocket cards” betting begins. Most Texas Hold’em poker room games begin the bets with one or two “blind bets” to the dealer’s left. These bets must be made before even seeing the cards. The game moves clockwise from the blind bets, and each player is allowed to fold, call the blind bet, or raise. The blind bets are allowed to raise themselves when the round comes back to them.
Three cards called the “flop”? are then dealt in the middle of the table face up. Another round of betting begins, starting with the first blind to the dealers left. Another card called the “turn”? is dealt face up, and another round of betting follows again. Finally a last card called the “river” is dealt, after which there is a final round of betting. This poker game is only played for high in most cases, and the best hand wins the pot.