Everyone wants to win the chips in the pot. Winning can depend on a few things, inlcuding the quality of the hand, how players bet and whether others fold. Players who have some skills usually dont focus on individual pots, and instead play a long game strategy. They know how to make a better choices and earn money in the long term.
Dealing cards and positions
After players bet the blinds and cut the deck, the dealer button will begin to deal cards,starting with the player to the left, and on to the others. Only one card will be dealt to each player, each round. Each player will hold two hand cards after two rounds.
How to bet
There is a small blind and a big blind in Texas style poker. The dealer button will move to each player in turn (clockwise). The player to the left of the dealer (or the player with the dealer button if there is a permanent professional dealer at the table) pays the small blind. The player to the left of the small blind dealer pays the big blind. The big blind must be double the small blind. During the game, the blinds and antes will be raised over time.
In game, players can choose to bet or raise any amount of chips they have, or go â€œAll inâ€, which is similar to â€œShow handâ€ in Five-card Stud. The smallest bet players pay each time must be more than the big blind. There is no upper limit.
The dealer will shuffle up a standard deck of 52 playing cards. Each player is dealt two private cards (called hole cards or pocket cards) face down.
The first betting round is call the preflop. It starts with the player to the left of the one who pays the big blind and then to others in turn (clockwise). Players can call, raise, or fold.
If there are at least 2 players who've kept their cards after the preflop ends, the dealer button will place down 3 community cards on the table. Then the second betting round (called the Flop) starts. Betting in this round starts from the first player to the left of the dealer button who still has their cards and then to others in turn (clockwise).
After the second betting round ends, the 4th community card is dealt, called the turn card. Players can now engage in a third round of betting. The last community card is called the river card. Players have to bet in the fourth round after the river card is dealt. There may even be a showdown, if necessary.
If there is only a player that chooses to raise the bet and all others fold their hands, this player will win the pot. But, if there are still two players who've kept their hands after the last betting round, they must reveal their cards (called a showdown). The one with the best 5 cards wins the pot.
Players with the same hand split the pot. A single chip which can't be split will be awarded to the first player to the left of the dealer button. Card suits won't count in a showdown.
When there is one or more players that choose to go "All in", the chips that exceed the amount put in by the player going "All in" will be kept in the side pots. Only players who put chips into the pot are eligible to share in the winnings. The final winner wins the pot.
Sample of pot distribution
There are 6 players (A-F) participating in the game. Player F has already folded. Player A went 'All in' with $50 in chips. Player B went 'All in' with $250 in chips. Player C went All in with '$350' in chips. Player D and E went 'All in' with $800 in chips. Player F went 'All in' with $500 in chips. The total bonus pool is $2,750 in chips. The prize pool is $300 in chips (50*6). There are 4 side pots, including side pot A - $1,000 in chips [(250-50)*5], side pot B - $400 in chips [(350-250)*4], side pot C - $450 in chips [(500-350)*3] and side pot D - $600 in chips [(800-500)*2]. If the final hands are F>A>B>D>E>C, player F won't win anything because he already folded. Player A wins the prize pool ($300 in chips). Player B wins side pot A ($1000 in chips). Player D participated in all side pots and his cards are better than the players who participated in side pot B, C and D, winning him all the side pots ($1450 in chips).