Poker Terms:

Limit Texas Hold Em:

implements a pre-determined maximum for each betting round.

No Limit Hold Em:

Allows unlimited betting up to a player's total quantity of chips.

Pot Limit Hold Em:

Similar to No Limit, but it maxes out wagers at the pot's size.

Mixed Texas Hold Em:

Alternates between rounds of Limit and No Limit. Here, the continuous variation can be systematic or random.

In all types of Hold Em, the game begins with an initial wager known as a "small blind." The first player to make a forced bet commits this act, and the second player responds with their wager, which is called the "big blind." The player that posts the big blind is seated clockwise from the first player, and their bet is usually double the small blind.

With Limit games, the big blind matches the small blind. This usually makes the small blind exactly half of the big blind, but it can be increased based on certain stakes. These poker matches are designated by maximums, whereas Pot Limit and No Limit games are simply titled directly after the size of the first two blinds. For example, a $2/$4 Limit match would respectively have small and big blinds of $1 and $2. In contrast, a $2/$4 set-up in the other Hold Em approaches would have small blinds of $2 and big blinds of $4.

Cards are only dealt after the forced wagers are finished. This is where the betting rules come into play. There are five options available to players at this stage. They are detailed right here:


Without a wager present, a player is allowed to check. This move simply passes play to the next clockwise player. This act only forfeits the momentary right to bet, but it does not forfeit a chance of winning the pot.


If there is no current wager, a player may make their own bet. After this occurs, the subsequent players' options are limited to folding, calling or raising.


When a player folds, they immediately cede all interest in the pot's contents. This forfeiture eliminates the need to wager any more money on the present hand, but it prevents any opportunity of winning it.


This move mandates matching the present bet. A player calls when they want to meet the agreed wager made by all prior opponents in the circle.


If betting is already happening in a round, a player may use their turn to raise the pot. To do this move, the player must first match the existing bet; next, they have to exceed the bet by making a bigger one. Because all players must once again call, raise or fold, this act resets the clockwise motion of the table.

Hole Cards:

In Hold Em, every player refers to the two cards in their hands as "hole cards." The first live bet follows the big blind, which places them "under the gun." Ultimately, the action continues moving to the left until everyone has made an equal bet. This entire stage is dubbed the "Pre-Flop."

This is because The Flop occurs when three cards are placed face up in the center to be shared by all players. A new round of betting starts at this point; then, the motion continues until the pot's amount is equal again. Now, it is time for The Turn. This is the arrival of a fourth card, and it spurs yet another round of betting. Lastly, The River is played. This fifth card stokes a final bidding war leading up to The Showdown.

Now, all remaining players reveal their hands, and whoever has the top five-card combination wins the pot. Prizes will be divided in the unusual case of identical hands.


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