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How to bet in Texas Hold’em

Knowing your options when it comes to betting in a game of Texas Hold’em is key to sticking to your budget. In other words, you need to know when to hold’em and when to fold’em!

Betting

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When there has not yet been any betting on a round, you have the option of either betting or checking. If you feel you have a good hand (or choose to bluff), you can bet. The other players must now at least match your bet if they want to remain in the hand.

How to Bet

Push your chips over the line towards the centre of the table

What to say

“I bet $4”

Calling

A hand places a stack of chips across a line, next to an existing stack of chips of the same amount.

Calling involves matching the amount already bet to see the next card or to see the showdown, if the last card dealt was the river card. A player will call when he or she is confident they have a strong hand, or that their opponent has a weaker hand and is potentially bluffing.

How to Call

Match a bet, or “call”, by pushing an equal amount of chips across the line in the middle of the table.

What to Say

“Call”

Checking

A hand knocks on the table.

Checking happens in the second and third rounds of betting and allows you to pass to the next player without taking any action. You are deferring your betting rights, but can still raise, call, fold or even check later in the betting round depending on the actions of other players. Novice players will consider checking when they are not interested in investing more money in the hand. More experienced players may use it as a bluffing tactic.

How to Check

Knock twice on the table with your fist

What to Say

“Check”

Raising

A hand places a stack of chips across a line, into an existing pot of chips.

If you like your hand and you feel it could be the best one at the table, you can raise, forcing the original bettor to match your raise if he wants to continue in the hand. Any time you raise, the original bettor has the option to re-raise, which puts the responsibility back on you to match his to stay in the hand. Raising can also be used as a bluffing tactic, to give the impression a hand is better than it really is.

How to Raise

Push your raise amount in chips across the line, into the middle of the table

What to Say

“I raise $4”

Folding

A hand places 2 cards that appear face down, over a line.

Folding is the act of ending participation in a hand. Once you have folded, you are no longer able to make bets. You can fold during any round of a hand, but you must wait until it is your turn to act. Players will often fold if they are unable to make a winning hand.

How to Fold

You can show the act of folding by throwing your cards across the line on the table.

What to say

“fold”

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Folding is a natural part of playing Texas Hold’em Poker so don’t hesitate to fold if you have a bad hand. It’s common for players to fold approximately 80% of the time on the flop.