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Texas Hold ‘Em is one of the most popular types of poker in the world. It can be played either in a casino or at home with friends. However, given the high stakes this game can reach, it might be better to play at a professional gambling establishment that is able to help see that all forfeited bets are properly paid.

Rules

Texas Hold ‘Em is like other types of poker in that it uses the same hand rankings. The best hand is a royal flush, followed by four of a kind, full house, flush, straight, three of a kind, two pair, and one pair. If none of the players manages to put together one of these hands, the player possessing the highest card can beat the others.

In Texas Hold ‘Em, each player gets two personal hole cards. Five community cards are placed in the center of the table, and are visible to everybody. Players can combined the community and hole cards any way they choose in order to compose a high-ranking poker hand.

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Play proceeds in rounds. Whenever it is a player’s turn, he or she must choose whether to raise or fold. To raise means to add more money to the common pot. To fold means to give up, forfeiting the money you have already put into the pot. The advantage of folding is that it prevents you from having to risk even more money.

Endings

One way the game can end is for all players to fold, except for one. Now, this one remaining player, the winner, might not necessarily be the one with the best hand. it is possible that the player with the best hand folded earlier in the game, because he or she believed that other players had better hands, or because he or she ran out of money. Perception is very important in Texas Hold ‘Em, which is why good players must also have people skills or emotional intelligence. It helps to be able to convince other players by subtle cues that your hand is better than theirs, even though this is not true.

The other way the game can end is via a showdown. After most of the other players have folded, the remaining players reveal their cards. Whoever has the higher-ranking hand wins the pot.

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Still, do remember that many games do not end with one hand. Several hands are usually played, which allows expert players to implement a long-term strategy. With this type of thinking, an experienced player realizes that losing sometimes is fine, as long as you win money once everybody has left the table.

Texas Hold ‘Em and Pop Culture

Texas Hold ‘Em features heavily in film and television. Many televised poker games staged between expert card players and/or showbiz celebrities are of the Texas Hold ‘Em variety. The stakes in these games can get very high. In fact, there was one rather notorious game in which several hundred thousand dollars were at risk. Texas Hold ‘Em also features in the recent Bond film Casino Royale, both as a plot point and as an opportunity for a fun set piece.

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