In hold’em, the initial step is to get the game started, and for this the players put out a particular sum of money. ‘Posting the blinds’ is the frequently used expression for this play. In the next step, the croupier shuffles the deck of cards and gives out 2 cards face down to each player. A regular deck of 52 cards is used. Then there is the initial sequence of betting. This sequence is often known as a "pre-flop".

After the first betting sequence, the first card is discarded. This tossed aside card is called the "burn card", and this is performed to ensure there is absolutely no dishonestly. The next 3 cards are then flipped face up on the poker table. These cards are known as ‘the flop’. Now comes a second sequence of wagering, after that the dealer tosses out an additional card and flips 1 more card onto the table. Following this, participants can use the sixth card to create a five-card poker hand.

Another round of wagering happens, and in many types of games, here is where the wager amount increases. There is another round of throwing away a card, and a closing placing of a card face-up on the table. This is referred to as the "river". Competitors can now employ any of the five cards on the poker table, and/or the two cards that they are holding, to form a five-card poker hand.

To wrap it up there is an additional round of wagering. Then, all the remaining players start to show their hands. This is referred to as the "showdown". Obviously, the bettor who holds the strongest hand wins. When players have equal hands a splitting of the winnings is considered.

Texas hold’em is a basic game to learn, but to achieve expertise one needs a large amount of practice.