How To Play

In Texas Hold’em, each player receives two down-cards as his initial hand. There is a round of betting after these cards have been dealt. Three board-cards are turned simultaneously (the “flop”) and another round of betting occurs. The next two board-cards are turned one-at-a-time with a round of betting after each one. These five board-cards are “community” cards. After the final round of betting has been completed, a player may use any combination of five cards (e.g., one in his hand and four from the board) to determine his best hand. A player may use all of the board-cards, which is termed “playing the board.”

Hold’em uses a flat disc called a “dealer button” to indicate the player who, in theory, dealt the cards for that pot. The “button” (player with the dealer button) is last to receive cards on the initial deal and has the right of the last action on all betting rounds except the first. One or more “blind” bets are used to stimulate action and initial play. “Blinds” are posted before the player looks at his cards. Blinds count as part of that player’s bet, unless the structure for a specific game or situation requires part or all of a particular blind to be “dead.” Dead chips are not part of a player’s bet and are taken into the center of the pot.

Blinds are posted by players who sit in consecutive clockwise order from the button. Action is initiated on the first betting round by the player on the immediate left of the person who posted the furthest blind clockwise from the button. On all subsequent betting rounds, the action is initiated by the first active player clockwise from the button.

Kill Games

“Kill” is a stipulation in some Limit Poker Games that, when a certain criteria is met, the limit from the next hand shall be raised. It may be raised either one half [1/2] of the posted limit (1/2 Kill) or raised to double the posted limit (Full Kill). In the case of a “progressive kill,” the limit may continue to go up by 1/2 or double only if approved by management.

The criteria to initiate a Kill in Hold’em or Omaha High is one player winning two hands in a row. In Omaha Hi-Lo Split, it is one player winning the entire pot.

Kill games can be identified by the indicator on the waiting list or by the sign on the table.