TEXAS HOLD'em Instructions

How to Play

Each player is dealt two cards face down. Five cards are then dealt up in the center of the table as “Board Cards”. After betting, players may use any combination of their two “hole” cards, and the five board cards to make the best five card poker hand.

Betting Basics

The player closest to the left of the dealer button will post a “small blind”. The player seated to the left of the “small blind” will post a “large blind”. After the first two hole cards are dealt, players may call the blind-bet, raise, or fold. This betting round is followed by three (3) cards being dealt face-up, referred to as the “flop”. After betting on the flop, two (2) additional cards are then turned face-up, one at a time, with each one followed by a betting round.


Each player receives the same amount in tournament chips. Tournament play is structured to specific limits increased at specific time intervals. When players are eliminated from tables, the remaining players are then consolidated and play continues until one player has all the chips


Royal Flush – 10, Jack, Queen King and Ace of the same suit.
Straight Flush – Any 5 cards in sequence, and of the same suit.
Four of a Kind Full House – 3 of one rank and 2 of another rank.
Flush – Any 5 cards of the same suit.
Straight – Any 5 cards in sequence.
Three of a Kind
Two Pairs
One Pair
High Card