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The Buy-In

You must buy-in a minimum amount of chips when sitting down at your chosen table. The minimum limit is equal to ten times the lower bet limit of the game. For example on a £3/£6 table the minimum buy-in is £30, on a £10/£20 table the minimum buy-in is £100.

The Game

Texas Hold 'Em uses a disc called a dealer button to indicate where the cards are to be dealt. Prior to the deal, the two players to the left of the button place live bets called the small and big blinds. It is called a blind because players must pay this amount before seeing their cards. It's called live because it counts as part of any further bets in the first betting round.

The play begins with two cards dealt facedown to each player. Action starts with a betting round beginning with the player to the left of the blind bets and continuing clockwise around the table. Players may bet, check, raise or fold in turn. The big blind has the privilege of last action and may check or raise the bet.

Three community cards called the flop are then dealt up in the center of the table and another betting round takes place beginning with the player to the left of the dealer button. Another card is dealt face up (called the turn) followed by a round of betting.

The fifth and last card called the river is dealt face up and a final round of betting takes place. Players remaining in the hand will then show their cards and the winning poker hand will be awarded the pot. Any combination of pocket cards and community cards may be used to make the best five-card poker hand.

Sit Down

Up to 10 players are seated around a table.

Dealer Button

In front of one of the players is a round disc or button. This disc determines the order of betting (posting the blinds) and moves to the left one player at a time, after each hand.

Post Blinds

Before the cards are dealt at the beginning of each hand, the two players directly to the left of the dealer button must post blinds. To post a blind is to place a bet before getting cards.

The player to the immediate left of the dealer button posts the small blind, equal to half of the minimum bet e.g. £5 for a £10/£20 game. The player to the left of the small blind posts the big blind, equal to the amount of the minimum bet e.g. £10 for a £10/£20 game.

Pocket Cards

Once the blinds have been posted, the first round of cards is dealt. These consist of two cards face down to each player and are called the pocket cards. Each player can see his or her own pocket cards.

Then the first round of betting takes place, beginning with the player immediately to the left of the big blind and continuing in a clockwise direction around the table.


Bet amounts are fixed by the table stakes. For example, in a £3/£6 table, bets are £3 ($3) in the first two rounds and £6 in the last two. The bet amount can climb a maximum of 3 times in each round of betting. In other words, there can be one bet and three raises in each round until the River card is dealt when there will be no limit to the amount of raises possible.

The Flop Cards

Next, three cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. These cards are called the Flop. All three cards are community cards and can be used by all the players at the table to make up their best possible hand.

After the flop is dealt, a second round of betting takes place, again beginning with the player immediately to the left of the dealer button. All subsequent rounds of betting begin with the player to left of the dealer button.

The Turn Card

Following the flop, a fourth community card is dealt face up in the middle of the table. This card is called the Turn card and can also be used by all players. It is followed by a third round of betting.

The River Card

Finally, a fifth and final community card is dealt face up in the middle of the table. It is called the River card and is followed by a fourth and final round of betting.


Once all betting is complete, players determine the best five-card hand that they can make. The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot. Should multiple hands tie, the pot is split with any odd amount going to the player immediately to the left of the dealer.

Start Again

After a hand is completed and the pot taken by the winner, the dealer button is moved one player to the left and the next hand begins.

Bet Ahead Buttons

These buttons will only be accessible when it is not the player's turn :

During player's turn to act, these buttons will not be accessible and only the 3 main buttons will be accessible (Fold / Check / Raise)

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