Texas Hold’em, began its rise to dominance in the early 1970s when it became the featured game in the World Series of Poker, the game’s leading annual competition. Here we will explain the basics of Texas Hold’em. In more detail: Each player is dealt two cards face down. These are called your “hole” or “pocket” cards. Next is a round of betting. Players can “check”, “raise” or “fold”. Or just go “all-in” & see the expressions on your opponents’ faces…. After betting, the dealer will “burn” a card and then flips the next 3 cards face up on the table. These cards are community cards & are called “the flop”. Anyone can use these cards in combination with their two pocket cards to form a poker hand. Another round of betting. Another card ‘burnt’. Dealer flips one more card face up on the table. This is called ‘the turn’. Another round of betting. Another card ‘burnt’. Dealers flips final card face up on the table. This is called ‘the river’. Players can now use any of the five cards on the table and the 2 cards in their pocket to form a five card poker hand. Now a final round of betting and then the remaining players will reveal their hands. It is called ‘the showdown’. Make sure to use your best poker face! Let the games begin!