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How to Play No Limit Holdem
by K. Swope of

This type of poker has without compare become the most popular and fastest growing game over the past 10 years. What makes this game so attractive? Simply, the mechanics or how the game is played. Hold’em is a very basic style of poker and is quite easy to learn. Also, when played in the no-limit format offers huge rewards and earning potential on winning hands.

The game of Hold’em may seat up to ten players at one table in either a tournament or cash stakes setting. To begin play a seat is designated as the dealer usually marked by a disc or button.

The two players to the immediate left of the dealer become the force bet small and big blinds.

Two cards are then dealt to each player face down in a clockwise motion. At this time players must decide whether to call the big blind amount, fold, or raise.

During any betting round players may decide to bet all of their chips, known as, moving “all-in”; since there is no limit to the amount a player may wager.


For cash games played in a casino this amount is restricted by how much money a player has on the table at the time of wagering, or referred to as “table stakes”. A player is not permitted to add more money from their person before making any bet.

After each player decides what to do with their hands the dealer then “burns” or discards one card face down and deals three community cards face up in the middle of the table often called the “flop” which all players may use for their hands.

A second round of betting takes place.

When all bets are finished the dealer again burns one card and places another community card face up known as the “turn” or “Fourth Street.”

Another round of betting takes place after which the dealer burns one last card and places the last community card face up on the table. This final card is notoriously named the “river” card. A final round of betting occurs and all remaining players reveal their hands.

Players may use any combination of the two cards in their hand and the five community cards on the board to make the best possible five card hand.

No-limit Holdem uses the standard ranking system for hand combinations with the highest possible made hand of a Royal Flush down to just a high-card.

Aces may be used to make either a high or low straight as shown, AKQJT, or A2345.

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