Texas Hold’em Poker is one of the most popular card games in the world and we’re proud to present our version, Arkadium's Texas Hold'em! 

In this game, you play with 6 other computer players and all of you have 2000 chips each to start. If you want to learn how to play, then you need to start with the basic rules and hands—we’ll describe the rules here. Please note, you can see hints about hands at any time in the game’s menu:

The goal of the game is to use your hand and the cards on the table to make the best possible five-card poker hand. It’s important to keep in mind that exactly five cards are counted. 

For example, if you have a Two Pair hand, the fifth card will still matter, and the highest card will help you win if the other player also has the same Two Pair hand.

In a game of Texas Hold'em, each player is dealt two cards face down (the 'hole cards’).

Throughout several betting rounds, five more cards are eventually dealt face up in the middle of the table.

These face-up cards are called the 'community cards.' Each player is free to use the community cards in combination with their hole cards to build a five-card poker hand.

To get started, you should know that the five community cards are dealt in three stages:

The Flop: the first three community cards.
The Turn: the fourth community card.
The River: The fifth and final community card.

Your goal is to construct your five-card poker hands using the best available five cards out of the seven total cards (the two hole cards and the five community cards).

You can do that by using both your hole cards in combination with three community cards, one hole card in combination with four community cards, or buy using no hole cards.

In Texas Hold’em, you can do whatever works to make the best five-card hand.

If bets cause all but one player to fold, the lone remaining player wins the pot without having to show any cards.

For that reason, players don't always have to hold the best hand to win the pot. It's always possible a player can 'bluff' and get the other players to fold better hands.

Before every new hand begins, two players at the table are obligated to post small and big blinds.

The blinds are forced bets that begin the wagering.

Without these blinds, the game would be very boring because no one would be required to put any money into the pot and players could just wait around until they are dealt good cards and only play then.
The blinds ensure there will be some level of 'action' on every hand.
 In our game, the small blind is 40 chips and the big blind is 80 chips.

When deciding which hands to play and which to not play, your position at the table is one of the most important factors.  You can win more money if you’re in a further position from the blind bets, so try to play more hands from there.

To win, you need to know your odds of hitting a winning hand and the pot odds. Once you know the odds, you simply need to follow them.

Pot odds are a very complex concept that will help you understand whether to call, raise, or fold. We will not address pot odds here, but we highly recommend that you research them to ensure the best chances of winning.

Do not fall into the habit of making decisions based on emotion. Take your time and think about the odds before you decide to call, raise, or fold. If you’re a beginner, it can be overwhelming to think about everything at once, like your position, poker hand ranking, opponent’s cards, and much more but practice makes perfect! 

Learning the rules of Texas Hold'em is only the beginning and the next step is learning proper strategy. Take your time, do some independent research and keep practicing – we believe in you! Good luck and have fun!