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Scott Symanski

How to Play Texas Hold'Em



By the end of this presentation, viewers will be able to understand the basics of Texas Hold'Em

Learning Objective

Step Four - Post-Board

Step Three - The Board

Table of Contents

Step Two - Hands

Step One - Pre-Flop and Positions


  • Raise - Add more than required amount of money in play, forces other to match to continue
  • Board - The table cards
  • Flop - The first 3 cards on the board
  • Turn - The fourth card on the board
  • River - The fifth card on the board
  • Muck - Hide your cards when folding/giving back to the dealer so your opponents don't know
  • Blinds - Chip value that 2 players must place in the pot, seperated by big and small
  • Pot - Where the bet chips are placed, generally in the middle of the table
  • Fold - Get rid of your cards, you are out now out of play
  • Bluff - Lie about the strength of your cards
  • Call - Match amount of money in play


If you are the big/small blind*, place your chip in the pot*. Then, the person after the big blind, also known as "Under the Gun" will fold, call, or raise*, and it will go all around the table until everyone has made their move

Step One - Pre Flop and Positions

Quiz #1

Poker Positions Visualized

  • Know if you are a blind* or not
  • Place your chip in if you are a blind
  • Fold* if your hand is weak, call/raise if your hand is good enough to play/you want to bluff*
  • The person "Under the Gun" acts first


First, you want to make sure your hand is either playable or bluffable*, and call and raise accordingly. If you have two of the same card in your hand, you already start off with a pair, known as a pocket pair.Next, when the flop* comes out, you want to see if your hand has connected with the board in any way. If yes, call/raise* to keep playing. If not you can either fold your hand, or bluff the strength of your hand, and hope others fold.

Step Two - Hands

Quiz #2

Other hands are so rare, they do not show up on the chart


This article explains the probability of getting all kinds of hands in poker, from a high card, which has a 50.1% chance of hitting, all the way to a royal flush, which has a 0.000154% chance of hitting
  1. Make sure your hand is playable or bluffable* before engaging in the round, if not, fold*
  2. When the flop does come out, look to see if your hand connected with the board
  3. You have a 91% chance of either having the worst of second worst hand in poker, other hands are far rarer


The board, which is all of the table cards, is what you are looking to connect with.The flop comes out first, which is the first 3 cards, then the fourth card comes out, known as the Turn, and then the fifth card, known as the River, comes out.

Step 3 - The Board

Quiz #3

Video Resources

After the winner has been revealed, there are a few things you can do. If you lost, you should muck* your cards.If you won, you should still muck your cards, however, you can also show your cards. If multiple people are in at the end, they all must show their cards to see who's is strongest. The dealer then pushes the pot to the winner, and everyone still in gives their cards to the dealerIt is good etiquette to say "good hand" to you opponent

Step 4 - Postboard

Quiz #4

Use this resource to see poker hand odds against any opponent, flop, turn or river possible, and use it to answer the question below

Poker Hand Visualization

  1. The best overall strategy when you know you lost, as to not show your opponents how you play
  2. The dealer gives you the pot, not you
  3. Mucking* your cards is when you fold your cards without showing the table
  4. It is good etiquette to say "good hand" to your opponent, win or loss


Chapter Four - Post-board

Chapter Three - The Board

Chapter Two - Hands

Chapter One - Preflop

If you need a recap, please click any chapter link on the side
Now that you know the basics of playing poker, get out there and take your friend's money with confidence and strong fundamentals