GAME INFORMATION SHEET
Everything you need to know
TEXAS HOLD'EM POKER
8-9 players at the same time
1 dealer required
Sit-down height: 10 chairs are necessary per table but NOT provided
7 feet long
3.5 feet wide
30 inches tall
125-150 square feet are needed for the table itself as well as everyone around it
Poker is unique because itʼs the only game in the casino where players compete against each other. Because the popularity of Texas HoldʼEm is at an all-time high, if you have any poker players on your guest list youʼll definitely want to include at least one poker table at your casino party.
Texas Hold 'Em is the primary version of poker played in most casinos, and it's the version commonly seen on television shows like the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker.
The Shuffle, The Deal & The Blinds
The dealer shuffles a standard 52‐card deck. (In casinos, the dealer never plays. A round disc – known as a "dealer button" – moves clockwise from player to player with each hand. The button marks which player would be the dealer if the deal were advanced from player to player as the game went along.)
Most Texas Hold 'Em Poker games start with the two players to the left of the dealer (the button) putting a predetermined amount of money into the pot before any cards are dealt, ensuring that there's something to play for on every hand. This is called "posting the blinds." Most often, the "first blind" – the player to the left of the dealer – puts up half the minimum bet, and the "second blind" puts up the full minimum bet.
Each player is dealt two cards, face‐down. These are known as the "hole cards." A round of betting takes place, beginning with the player to the left of the two who posted the blinds. Players can call, raise, or fold when it's their turn to bet.
After the first betting round, the dealer discards the top card of the deck. This is called burning the card and is done to ensure that no one accidentally saw the top card and to help prevent cheating. The dealer then flips the next three cards face up on the table. These cards are called the "flop."
NOTE: Eventually, a total of five community cards will be placed face up on the table. Players can use any combination of the community cards and their own two hole cards to form the best possible five‐ card poker hand.
After the flop, another round of betting takes place, beginning with the player to the left of the dealer (the button). During this and all future rounds of betting, players can check, call, raise, or fold when it's their turn to bet.
Fourth Street (The "turn")
The dealer burns another card and places one more face‐up onto the table. This, the fourth community card, is called the "turn" or "Fourth Street." The player to the left of the dealer (the button) begins the third round of betting.
Fifth Street (The "river")
The dealer burns another card before placing the final card face‐up on the table. This card is called the "river" or "Fifth Street."
FInal Betting and the Winner
Players can now use any combination of seven cards – the five community cards and the two hole cards known only to them – to form the best possible five‐card poker hand.
The fourth and final round of betting starts with the player to the left of the dealer (the button). After the final betting round, all players who remain in the game reveal their hands. The player who made the initial bet or the player who made the last raise shows his or her hand first.
Winning Poker Hands
This is the best possible hand in standard five‐card poker: Ace, king, queen, jack and 10, all of the same suit.
Any five‐card sequence in the same suit (e.g.: 8, 9, 10, jack, and queen of clubs; or 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of diamonds).
Four of a Kind
All four cards of the same value (e.g.: 8, 8, 8, 8; or queen, queen, queen, queen).
Three of a kind combined with a pair (e.g.: 10, 10, 10 with 6, 6; or king, king, king with 5, 5).
Any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence (e.g.: 4, 5, 7, 10 and king of spades).
Five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit (e.g.: 7 of clubs, 8 of clubs, 9 of diamonds, 10 of spades and jack of diamonds).
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same value (e.g.: 3, 3, 3; or jack, jack, jack).
Two separate pairs (e.g.: 2, 2, queen, queen).
Two cards of the same value (e.g.: 7, 7).
If a poker hand contains none of the above combinations, it's valued by the highest card in the hand.