The objective of Texas hold ’em poker is to create the best five-card poker hand possible, using two cards you’re dealt in combination with the community cards in the five-card flop. You only have to beat the dealer’s hand to win, not the other players at the table.
The dealer needs at least a pair to “qualify.” If he qualifies, and your hand is better, your play and ante bets pay even money. If he does not qualify and your hand is better, your play bet pays even money, but your ante is a push. No win, no loss.
If the dealer’s hand beats your hand, your play, ante and blind wagers lose.
If your hand ties the dealer’s, all your bets push. No win, no loss.
If your hand is better than the dealer’s and you have at least a straight, the blind bet pays out according to the pay table. If you beat the dealer with less than a straight, the blind is a push. No win, no loss.
The “trips” bonus pays if your final five-card hand is a three of a kind or better. See the pay table for details.
|Four of a kind||10-1|
|Four of a kind||30-1|
|Three of a kind||3-1|
Step by step
Place equal bets for the ante and blind. You can also add an optional “trips” bonus bet.
The dealer deals two cards to each player and to himself, all face down.
You can either check, or make a “play” wager, which must be either three or four times your ante.
The dealer reveals the three-card flop. If you have not yet made a play wager, you can do so now, by betting double your ante. Or you can check.
The dealer reveals the final two community cards. If you have not yet made a play wager, you must either fold or make a play wager equal to your ante. If you have already made a play wager, you can’t make another.
Create your best poker hand using your two cards and the community cards, and compare it to the dealer’s.