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Aug 6, 2008
Texas Hold'em has gained popularity throughout the beginning of the 21st century. The first tournaments were held in Las Vegas but the game got its start in Robstown, Texas. A group of Texan men brought the game up to Las Vegas during the 1960's.

The richer gamblers who frequented Las Vegas took a while to catch on to the game. The game took off once it did get into the more glamorous casinos. Numerous books have been written about it and many televised shows have been made.

The most famous televised show is the World Series of Poker. This show began in 2003 during which a man who had won an online contest, Chris Moneymaker, won the entire game. This act created a desire in many to be the next person to win millions from Texas Hold'em.

Of the seven cards in this version of a community type of poker, two are face down for only the players to see and the last five are set into the window. Before the players receive their cards two of them place blind bets, after which the rest of the players ante based on what two cards they were dealt. After all the players have decided if they are going to stay in the game, the dealer then puts out three face up cards called the flop.

Usually in the middle of the table for all the players to see, the window is where the dealer places the community played cards. The community cards, five of the seven, are shared by all the players to make their winning hands. The two cards the players are dealt are face down for the whole game until the showdown.

After the three community cards, or the flop, has been dealt, the real betting will begin. Using the three community cards in the window and the two face down cards they were dealt, the players will determine if their cards could possibly make a winning hand. After this decision, the player will decide if they are going to stay in or fold.

Each time a player bets, the other players have the ability to see the bet, raise the bet, or fold their hand. Seeing the bet is betting the same amount as the original bettor. Raising the bet is betting more than the original bettor.

There are four chances for a player in Texas Hold'em to bet. Once before the flop, once after the flop, and one time each as the last two cards are dealt. Therefore, with these four bets and the raising of bets, the pots in this game can get large.

Texas Hold'em has three different forms. Limit Hold'em, No-Limit Hold'em, and Pot-Limit Hold'em are the three types played. In the limit version of the game, the bets are set amounts called the big bet and the small bet however, No-Limit is the most popular form of Texas Hold'em.

The player to the left of the dealer starts the betting with the small blind and the next players places the big blind. In No-Limit, the small blind is usually half of the big blind. The ante that the other players will bet is equal to the amount of the big blind.

When the last card, the river, is dealt, the final bet is made. The game ends with a showdown between the final players, if more than one player has not folded. Those players show their hands and the one with the best hand wins Texas Hold'em.
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