Official Texas Holdem Rules
If you’re just getting started learning Texas Holdem, keep this guide handy for quick reference. If you ever get confused by the action, read below for some guidance. Each topic contains links to more in-depth articles on that specific aspect of Texas Holdem rules. When you feel you’ve got the hang of it and are ready to play some real money online poker, check out our Texas Hold’em poker site rankings for the best places to get right into a Texas Holdem game online.
Before we get into describing the full rules and game play, here’s a quick glossary of terms you’ll encounter:
How to Play Texas Hold’em
Watch our How to Play Texas Hold’em introductory video below. Then read on underneath for a more detailed look at all of Texas Hold’em’s unique rules. Texas Hold’em is a community card poker game with game play focused as much on the betting as on the cards being played. Although the rules and game play are the same the end goal is slightly different depending on if you’re playing a Texas Holdem cash game or a Texas Holdem tournament.
A Texas Hold’em tournament is the same as any other game of Hold’em with a few added rules and twists. Learn more about the unique rules of Texas Holdem poker tournaments. Meanwhile, a Texas Holdem cash game is played on a single table with 2 to 10 players. The goal is simple: win as many chips as you can, one pot at a time. You win a pot by having the best hand or by having all other players fold before the showdown.
A Texas Hold’em game can be broken up into three main parts:
- Betting Rounds