No Limit Texas Hold em: Play and Rules
In No Limit Texas Hold em, each player get two cards face down (aka: hole cards) and five community cards face-up in the middle of the table. Your hand is determined by using the best five of those seven cards (in any combination) with the best hand winning the pot.
There are four betting rounds in No Limit Texas Hold em. Players may go all in at any time and must act on each betting round (fold, call, bet or raise) unless they are all-in. Betting always proceeds in a clockwise rotation. Starting from the small blind proceeding around the table.
Prior to dealing the cards, two blinds, the Small Blind and the Big Blind are placed in the pot by the two players to the immediate left of the dealer indicated by the dealer button. The blinds are put in to start the action and to insure that there is some risk involved.
After the cards are dealt. The action begins with the player to the left of the Big Blind by folding, calling, or raising. Action continues with all players making one of these decisions. This is the first betting round.
Upon completion of the first round of betting, the dealer then”burns” the top card( by placing it face down and then turns over three cards or “the flop” . This begins the second round of betting. Beginning with this round of betting and throughout the remainder of the hand, the first player with a hand to the left of the button acts first. A player may now check or bet if there is no betting in front of them. If there is betting and/or raising in front of them, they may Call, Raise, or Fold.
Following the flop and that sequence of betting, the dealer burns another card and then turns over another card known as “The Turn” or “Fourth Street”. This begins the third round of betting. The betting then starts again with the player closest to the left of the button.
Upon the turn and that sequence of betting, the dealer burns another card and turns over the last card known as “The River” card or “Fifth Street”. This is the final round of betting. After completion of the final round of betting, the best hand wins the pot.
Betting in No Limit Hold em
Any player can bet the minimum or any amount all the way to all in at any time prior to the flop, turn or river and unlike regular Texas Hold em there is no maximum number of bets (generally one bet that can be raises three times) and or raises.