As the name suggests, Texas hold’em originated in Robstown, Texas. This variation of poker has been around since the 1900s. However, there is little known around who created this game. It became a massive success in Texas before Las Vegas casinos wanted in. Since 1963, you will find this game in most Las Vegas casinos. The game has risen to become the most popular table game player in the U.S and its popularity is evident globally. Although the gameplay is simple it’s also dynamic, entertaining and fun. The game’s success skyrocketed due to advertisements in magazines, television and in popular literature. This gave it the publicity it needed to become a well-known and hugely successful poker game.
How to play
The rules of the game are simple and easy to follow which is why it’s so appealing to players. This is a great poker game, to begin with, if you’re a beginner but is also enjoyed by all types of poker players. It has now become the most popular game in casinos and online. The rules are as followed:
1. Each player is dealt with two cards. They should all individually check their own cards and not show any other player. These are called ”Hole Cards” or ”Pocket Cards”.
2. The dealer will spread five cards in total. He will start with laying three cards face up (”the community cards”). Then he will deal another, then another (”the flop”). These can be used by all players to make their best possible five-card hand.
3. Players will each take turns to make a bet. This will happen before and after each card is revealed.
4. The player with the best poker hand will win the pot.
So as you can see, the rules are straightforward.
The payouts you can get when playing Texas Hold’em will depend on various things. Firstly, it will depend on the bet sizes on the table. And also, whether or not the dealer opens and how good your hand is. It will also be sized on whether you win the ante bet, the blind bet or the play bet. This will all hold different amounts. You can win all 3 bets if the dealer opens and you have the best hand! And if you win when he doesn’t open, you will just win the blind and play bet.
The ante bet will become a ‘push’ which effectively means it goes back in the pot but you won’t win any of it. And of course, if the dealer opens and wins, you win nothing. Lastly, if you and the dealer tie, all bets will be treated as a ‘push’. And remember that the play bet and ante bet are always even, you will win the same money. So if you bet $200, you win $200.
How the payouts work:
Royal flush: 500 to 1.
Straight flush: 50 to 1.
4 of a kind: 10 to 1.
Full house pays off at 3 to 1.
Flush pays off at 3 to 2.
A straight pays off at even money and any other hand is treated as a push.