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Learning how to play a game of Texas Hold'em can seem much more difficult than it really is.

The game itself is actually very logical and simple and requires just a few minutes to learn.

Mastering it, however, will take you a bit longer.

This article provides all the information you need to start playing online poker.

Any time you get confused by the action, read below for some guidance. Each topic also contains links to more in-depth articles on that specific subject.

When you feel you've got the hang of it and are ready to play for real be it in online poker or live, check out our Texas Hold'em toplist for the best places to get started.
Quick Glossary

Before we get into describing the rules and game play, here's a quick glossary of terms you'll encounter.

Blinds: Short for "blind bets," these are the forced bets made before the cards are dealt. In Hold'em, blinds take the place of the classic "ante."
Button: Nickname for the player acting as the dealer in current hand.
Check: Similar to a call but no money is bet. If there is no raise preflop, the big blind may check.
Fifth Street: See River.
Flop: The first three community cards dealt.
Fourth Street: See Turn.
Preflop: Anything that occurs before the flop is dealt is preflop.
River: The final (5th) community card dealt; also known as fifth street.
Showdown: When players reveal their hands to discover the pot's winner.
Turn: The fourth community card dealt; also known as fourth street.

Overview

Texas Hold'em is a community card poker game, with game play focused as much on the betting as on the cards being played.

Although the rules and game play remain mostly the same, the end goal is slightly different depending on if you're playing a cash game or a tournament.

A Hold'em tournament is the same as any other game of Hold'em with a few added rules and twists. If you'd like to learn the rules unique to tournaments, head to this article. (There will also be a link at the bottom of the page).

Texas Holdem is played on a single table with two to 10 players. The goal is simple: win as many chips as you can, one pot at a time.

You win a pot by having the best hand, or by having all other players fold before the showdown.