The most popular poker variant for up to 10 players! In Texas Hold ‘Em, your hand is made up of 2 of your own hand cards and/or up to 5 community cards on the table.
You play over four betting rounds and, as with all poker variants, the aim of the game is to come up with the best card combination out of all your fellow players or bluff your way through the betting rounds, causing other players who may have a better hand to fold.
How does Texas Hold ‘Em work?
To begin the game, the two players to the left of the dealer must place their bets. The player immediately left of the dealer is dubbed the “small blind” (half of the minimum stake) and the second player left of the dealer is the “big blind” (minimum stake). The game automatically calculates these bets.
First Betting Round
Each player is dealt 2 hand cards that are visible only to the player holding them. Once all players have received their hand cards, they may choose to buy in, call or fold (quit the round without placing a bet) with the exception of the two players who have already placed the blind bets. Once everyone has decided, the flop, i.e. the laying of 3 community cards on the table, may begin.
Second Betting Round
Starting with the player to the left of the dealer, players are given the chance to bet, call, check (neither bet nor fold) or fold.
If a bet was made in the last round, however, the “check” option will not be available and all subsequent players will only be able to bet, raise or fold. If all players choose to check, then the next card will be dealt.
Players can match other's bets by bidding the same value. If a player would like to raise the bet, they must bet the big blind amount as a minimum.
Once the second betting round has been completed, the fourth community card, or “turn” is laid on the table.
Third Betting Round
This betting round is identical to the previous round. Once complete, the fifth community card, the “river” is revealed. The final betting round will then begin.
Fourth Betting Round and Showdown
If there are any players still in the game at this point, the showdown starts: Here the player with the best 5-card combination is declared the winner (hand cards and/or community cards; the combination may involve both, one or no hand cards). If the best combination only involves the community cards on the table, then the pot will be split amongst all remaining players. Should players show combinations of equal ranking, then the “kicker” will be used to determine the winner.
Once the showdown is over, the role of the dealer moves over to the next player in a clockwise direction and the positions of the players change accordingly. A 'D' will be displayed next to the current dealer.
Upon starting the game, you will enter the game lobby. Here you can join an existing table or open a new table yourself.
You play with chips as your betting currency in all poker variants at GameTwist. 1 chip = 1 Twist.
Set the amount of Twists you would like to take to the game upon starting the game. If you have played all of your chips, click on the "Replenish Chips" button to bring a specific amount of your credit to the table. Once you have left the table or the game has come to an end, any surplus chips you have will be credited back to your player account as Twists.
The following details are shown for each open table: Table name, poker variant, bet amount and limit, number of active players and the maximum number of players allowed. The "Table" tab to the left displays the player names of all active players in a game. A double-click on your desired game (or a single click on the game, followed by the "To Table" button) will take you to the table.
You can also open your own table by clicking on the "New Table" button. You will then be asked to select the game setting: The limit type (no limit, pot limit or fixed limit), the maximum number of players and bets (stake amount, raises, limit, small and big blind). Click on "OK" to start the game.
In the game room, you will see an oval table with 10 chairs. Depending on the number of players allowed to join the table, each empty seat is marked with “Free”. Click on “Free” to take your place at the table. A box will then appear above your figure featuring your player name, your credit and the respective action. In the game, your cards and number of chips available are shown above this box. Once you make a bet, chips will be placed on the table. The red area on the table represents the pot. The total of all bets is shown here.
The navigation field is found in the bottom 1/3 of the screen. It is organised as follows:
- Left - main navigation buttons
- Middle - number of jetons available and game navigation buttons
- Right - chat window
Left field: The following 5 buttons are displayed here
- “Join” and “Sit out”: you can choose to take part in the game by clicking on “Join” or skip the current round by clicking “Sit out” (you remain at the table, but will not receive any cards). You will automatically leave the table after sitting out for 10 consecutive rounds.
- “Replenish chips”: Once you have used all of your chips at the table, grab a top up from your player account using this button.
- “Stand Up”: Use this button to leave your seat.
- “Settings”: Here you can change your keyboard and card display settings amongst other things.
- “Lobby”: Use this button to leave the game and return to the lobby.
Your total remaining credit in your player account is shown to the left of this button.
Middle field: Game Start - taking chips to the table
As soon as you have taken a seat, a large slider is shown in the middle field. Use the slider to determine how many chips you would like to take to the table. Simply select your desired amount and then click on “Join”. Your selected amount will be shown below your player name.
Once the game starts the slider will be replaced by game function buttons.
When it's your turn:
- “Check” or “Call”
- “Bet” or “Raise” (actions may be greyed out dependent on the state of the game)
Your card value will also be shown above these buttons. Once you have selected the “Bet” option you can set your bet amount using the slider in pot or no-limit games.
When it's someone else's turn:
- “For any amount call/check”
- “In any case bet/raise”
- “All in”
If a number is shown in brackets next to a button, it represents the amount of chips that will be played if you select the particular action. As long as an action has not been deactivated you can select it with a click of the mouse. As soon as it is your turn, your selected action will be carried out automatically if possible. Your selected action is only valid for one round. You can decide if you want to play your turn manually or select an automatic action each round.
When a player has their turn the remaining time for their turn is displayed within a coloured bar above their character. If their time runs out the “pass” move will be automatically executed. Simply click on the “Join” button to jump into the next round.
- Royal Flush: The highest flush in one suit
e.g. Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 - all of the same suit (e.g. Hearts). This is the best possible card combination.
- Straight Flush: 5 cards of the same suit in a row
e.g. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - all of the same suit (e.g. Spades).
- Four of a Kind: 4 cards with the same value
e.g. Eight of Hearts, Eight of Clubs, Eight of Spades, Eight of Diamonds and one other card, e.g. Ace of Hearts.
- Full House: 2 and 3 like cards
e.g. King of Hearts, King of Clubs along with Three of Spades, Three of Clubs, Three of Diamonds.
- Flush: 5 cards of the same suit, irrespective of order
e.g. Four of Spades, Six of Spades, Seven of Spades, Jack of Spades, Ace of Spades.
- Straight: 5 cards in a row, irrespective of suit
e.g. Six of Clubs, Seven of Diamonds, Eight of Hearts, Nine of Hearts, Ten of Diamonds.
- Three of a Kind: 3 like cards
e.g. Queen of Spades, Queen of Clubs, Queen of Hearts and 2 other cards, e.g. Five of Diamonds, Seven of Clubs.
- Two Pair: 2 like cards
e.g. Five of Diamonds, Five of Spades as well as Three of Hearts and Three of Clubs as well as another card, e.g. King of Clubs. The higher pair determines the value of the combination.
- One Pair: 2 cards of the same value
e.g. Ace of Diamonds, Ace of Clubs and three other cards, such as Four of Clubs, Nine of Spades and Two of Spades. The other 3 cards are kickers. If 2 players share an identical pair, the kickers (odd cards) decide the win.
- No Pair/High Card: None of the players have the poker hands described. If no player has a pair then highest single card is compared.
What happens if 2 players have the same poker hand?
- Straight Flush: The straight flush with the highest card wins.
- Four of a Kind: The player with the higher four of a kind wins. If 2 players have the same four of a kind the player with the higher kicker wins.
- Full House: With a full house the higher three of a kind wins. If 2 players have the same three of a kind the higher pair decides the win.
- Flush: With a flush the player with the highest card wins. If 2 players have the same highest card, the best subsequent card decides the win (e.g., the best second or third card).
- Straight: The highest card wins here also. When 2 players have the same straight the pot is split between the two players.
- Three of a Kind: The higher three of a kind wins here. If 2 players have the same three of a kind the higher fourth or fifth card wins.
- Two Pair: The higher pair wins here. If the 2 players have the same higher pairs the better low pair decides the round. If the 2 players have the same lower pairs the kicker decides. Should these also be the same, the pot is split.
- One Pair: The higher pair also wins here. If 2 players have the same highest pair the player wins who has the highest third, fourth or fifth card.
- No Pair/High Card: The highest card wins. If 2 players have the same high card then the next lower card will be the decider.
Fees and limits
If a player takes a seat at the table he/she has to pay a fee equal to the amount of the big blinds. The fee doesn't have to be paid if you start at the position of the big blinds.
Another sit-in fee has to be paid if you have missed at least one big blind by opting to “Sit out”.
Players can bet any amount. However, you cannot bet amounts lower than the minimum bet.
Players cannot bet amounts higher than the pot.
This means you only raise the bets by a limited amount in each round. 4 raises (=Cap) are permitted during a betting round. This rule is suspended if only 2 players remain.
Main and side pots
If a player selects “All In” once “call” has been selected he/she cannot win the chips which the other players are paying into the pot. He or she can only win the amount that has been brought by the “All In”. In this case the pot will be divided into “main pot” and “side pot”. The main pot contains the chips, which the All-In-Player can win if he/she holds the best card combination. The side pot contains the chips that the All-In-Player cannot win even if he/she holds the best card combination. If several players decide to opt for “All In”, several side pots will be created.
Table fee (Rake)
The Rake is the fee the bank charges every player for participation in the game. If the Flop hasn't been issued at Texas Hold'Em, no rake will be taken out of the pot (no flop, no drop). The maximum rake depends on the number of players.
If all players bar one choose to fold, the remaining player's bet will be refunded in full (a rake will not be subtracted from this sum).