Texas Hold 'Em is a variation of Poker that uses a standard deck of 52 cards, in which players aim to score or pretend (known as bluffing) to have the best five card "hand" from seven available cards. There are no wild cards or jokers involved in the standard version.
Each player receives two personal cards face down from the dealer at the start of each round. Each player views the two cards dealt to them without showing them to any other players; this is required unless the rules demand they are shown to all players.
There is a round of betting where each player in turn has the option to "fold" (withdraw from this round), "call" (match the highest previous bet), or "raise" (increase the highest previous bet). Any folded cards must be removed from the players and placed face down.
The dealer puts three cards face up in the middle of the table. These are community cards that all players remaining in the game combine their own two cards with the three shown on table to make their first five card poker hand.
There is a round of betting like before.
The dealer puts one more card face up in the middle of the table. There are now 4 community cards showing that all players remaining in the round combine with their own two cards to make the best possible five card poker hand. Each player can use 3 or 4 of the community cards, depending on which combination makes them the highest ranked hand.
There is another round of betting.
The dealer puts one more card face up in the middle of the table, this is the last community card. There are now 5 community cards showing which the players remaining can combine with their own two cards to make the best possible five card poker hand. Each player can use 3, 4 or all 5 of the community cards depending on which combination makes them the highest ranked hand.
There is one final round of betting; if there are two or more players remaining the cards of each player are revealed to all and the highest ranked hand wins the accumulated pot of bets. If two or more players have an equal ranked hand the pot is split between those players.
There is a list of the poker hand rankings starting with highest to lowest value; you should make yourself familiar with these hands when learning to play Texas Hold 'Em:
More detailed instructions and rules that deal with the specific details required to play Texas Hold 'Em properly are to follow shortly.