HOW TO PL AY
TEXAS
HOLD’EM POKER
Poker is one of the most skillful and fascinating games ever devised,
offering Players the chance to test their skills against other Players rather
than the casino. Poker is as much a game of skill as it is strategy. There
are many variations of Poker, and Texas Hold’em Poker is one variation
in a group known as ‘flop’ games.
THE AIM OF THE GAME
The aim of the game is to have the highest ranked five card hand from a combination
of the Player’s two cards and five community cards. A Player can win by either obtaining
the highest ranked hand or by bluffing the other Players into thinking they have a lower
ranked hand and thereby folding (withdrawing from that round of play).
TEXAS HOLD’EM POKER TABLE LAYOUT
HOW TO PLAY
The Texas Hold’em Poker table seats
10 Players and a Dealer. In order to join
a game the Player must have at least
the minimum table stake. The Dealer will
commence by shuffling the cards and
asking the two Players to the immediate
left of the ‘button’ position to place a first
and second blind bet respectively. If a
participation fee is charged, each Player
on the table must submit the required
amount. All actions in Poker (call, raise,
check etc), unless otherwise advised, occur
in a clockwise direction beginning with the
first active Player after the button position.
The Dealer then deals each Player two
cards face down and a round of betting,
commencing with the Player next to the
second blind bet, takes place. After the first
round of betting is completed, the Dealer
deals three ‘community cards’ and exposes
them simultaneously. This is known as the
‘flop’. Another round of betting takes place.
The Dealer then deals a fourth community
card (the turn) and the third round of
betting takes place.
The dealing of the fifth community card
(the river) is followed by the final round
of betting. If there is more than one Player
still active at the end of the final round
of betting then a showdown takes place.
If, at any time prior to the showdown, there
is only one Player remaining in the game,
that Player is the winner and will be paid
all chips in the pot minus a small
commission fee. If a participation fee
is charged the winner will receive the
entire pot.
During the showdown, the last Player to
be ‘called’ may be required to expose their
two hole cards. Any Player who can beat
the hand of an exposed Player must also
expose their cards. Players who cannot beat
the hand of an exposed Player must push
their cards face down towards the Dealer.
During the game Players may fold, call,
call and raise or check in turn according
to the appropriate rules. Players who do not
have enough table stake to remain in the
game may go ‘all in’. Each of these actions
is described in the glossary of terms section
in this guide.
POKER CODE OF CONDUCT
Players must adhere to the Casino’s Code
of Conduct as failure to do so may result
in the Player being removed from the Poker
area. The following etiquette tips should be
understood by all Players prior to sitting
at a table.
Collusion: any attempt to conspire
with another Player to share knowledge
of cards or to play in a manner that is to
the detriment of other Players, will
be considered as cheating and will not
be tolerated.
Speed of play: from time to time it may
take a Player a longer time than normal to
make a decision. Players who consistently
take excessive time to make decisions will
be given a warning and removed from the
game for further breaches.
Card protection: Players must ensure they
do not show their cards, either deliberately
or inadvertently, to another Player. If a
Player becomes aware of another Player’s
cards then all Players must be shown those
cards.
Hiding or removing chips: provided a Player
maintains at least the minimum table stake,
a Player may remove chips from the table
between rounds of play. Players should be
aware that it is considered bad etiquette
to remove chips from the table.
Keep quiet/body language: During a round
of play only English must be spoken. Foul
or inappropriate language will not be
tolerated. Players not involved in the game
should be quiet and not comment on the
continuing round of play in any manner.
Players must also ensure that they do not
display any form of body language that
could be construed as communication
with another Player.
Integrity of the game: a Player who sees
an error made, or about to be made, must
point out the error to the Dealer.
Announcing your intentions: Players should
announce their intentions eg ‘call’, ‘raise’,
‘all in’ etc. All bets, unless verbally declared,
must be placed in one motion. ‘String
betting’ is deemed unacceptable conduct
and could result in a Player being asked
to leave the table.
STRAIGHT
Five cards of two or more suits
running consecutively in face
value.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
TWO PAIRS
Any two cards of the same face
value, plus another two cards of
the same face value (but different
from the first pair), plus any other
odd card.
All in means a Player bets the remaining
amount of their table stake.
Call means to make a wager that brings
the Player’s total wager to that of the
previous Player.
Check means the Player does not make
an opening bet and remains in the round
of play. A Player may only check when no
other Player has a blind bet or an opening
bet for that round of betting.
Community cards means cards dealt to the
centre of the table which may be used by
all Players to form their best possible hand.
The first three community cards are known
as ‘the flop’, the fourth as ‘the turn’ and the
fifth as ‘the river’.
Fold means a decision by a Player to no
longer continue with their hand for that
round of play.
Hole cards means the original two cards
dealt to each Player.
Pot means the total of all wagers made
in that round of play.
Raise means to make a bet greater than
the amount of the previous wager made.
String betting means a Player does not
place their entire wager in one movement
and does not verbally announce their
intentions.
HOW THE HANDS RANK IN TEXAS
HOLD’EM POKER
ROYAL FLUSH
The highest hand in Texas Hold’em
Poker – the top five cards in the
deck (10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace),
all of the same suit.
STRAIGHT FLUSH
Five consecutive cards of the
same suit, other than a Royal
Flush. The Ace may also be
counted as one.
FOUR OF A KIND
Any four cards of the same face
value, plus any other odd card.
THREE OF A KIND
Any three cards of the same face
value, plus any other two odd
cards.
ONE PAIR
Any two cards of the same face
value, plus any other three odd
cards.
THE ODDS OF WINNING
Texas Hold’em Poker is a card game of
chance and skill in which Players may
improve their chance of winning by using
their experience and skill. After receiving
two cards from the Dealer the Player may
choose to stay in the game by placing the
appropriate wager, or fold (ie withdraw
from the round of play). The original betting
round is followed by three other betting
rounds. Players have the option to remain
or fold during each betting round.
The House may charge a ‘participation fee’
or take a small commission fee for each
round of play. A Player’s odds of winning are
dependant on the number of Players at the
table. For example, if there were ten Players
at the table each Player’s odds of winning
(not accounting for different skill levels)
would be one in ten.
RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING
The casinos promote a responsible
approach to gambling and offer gambling
for your enjoyment. Only you can decide
how much time and money you want to
spend on gambling at a casino. If you think
you may have a problem controlling your
gambling behaviour, please contact:
Gambling Helpline 1800 858 858
gamblinghelponline.org.au
Gambling Help services are independently
run and offer free, confidential support
(available 24 hours).
Bet with your head, not over it.
FULL HOUSE
Any three cards of the same face
value, plus any other two cards
of the same face value, (other
than the face value of the first
three cards).
FLUSH
Any five cards of the same suit,
but not running consecutively
in face value.
HOW TO PL AY
TEXAS
HOLD’EM POKER
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