In Hold’em, there are always two players who must bet, the bet is called on Swedish blinds and English blinds. Who has to bet is determined by the deal button that goes clockwise. There are small blinds and big blinds (small and big blinds). The small blind is 50% of the large blind. How big this bet depends on which table you participate in, when it comes to tournaments, the darkness increases with, for example, 5-minute intervals. At cash tables, $ 0.1-0.2 blinds are common.

Here comes a round of Texas Hold’em from start to finish.


In Hold’em, as with other forms of poker, there are five steps you can take before each step in around. These are fold, check, bet, call and raise. In Swedish, it will be folding, fitting, investing, calling, and increasing.

You always have the opportunity to go to bed. Here are the different steps in Poker:

  • Pre-Flop: After everyone has seen their private cards, each player is allowed to play their hand by calling or raising the big blind. You can of course also go to bed. When you call, you simply bet the big blind. If you want to increase, you must at least double the big blind. All this with the blind and how big the bet should be, however, the poker client handles very smoothly so it is not something you need to know immediately. Everyone who has seen the biggest bet can now see the flop.
  • The flop: Three cards are now dealt on the table for all to see. This is called the “flop”. A new round of betting begins again. If you have hit something on the table, it may now be time to invest in this. If not, can you either pass or maybe bluff through a bet?
  • Turn card: The fourth and penultimate card is now dealt. New betting round.
  • River: Last card and last betting round.
  • The short display: In no-limit hold ’em, in particular, the game comes this far quite rarely. It is often a player who bets so much that everyone else bets. If more than one player calls all the way, then the players get to show their hands, the player with the best five-card hand wins of course.

After this, a new round is started. The dealer button is moved clockwise and a new player gets the big blind.

Some tips for you as a beginner:

  • Play at a beginner’s table with play money in the beginning so that you learn the rules correctly.
  • When you feel ready, enter one of the lower levels. Beware of No Limit cash tables, even at the lowest limits, a lot of money can be wagered so that you can go all-in (bet everything you have) at the table (you only take part of your balance to each table, however).
  • Feel free to start with so-called Sit & Go tournaments at $ 1-2 in stakes. You then get chips, such as 1500 chips, and then you play with them. You then play until you have lost all your chips or are the last man left (sort of knockout poker). A Sit & Go with 10 people and 1500 chips each usually takes about 60 minutes.
  • Many beginners make the mistake in the beginning that they play too many hands. A good rule of thumb at a 5-10 person table is to play around 30% of the hands or maybe even under it. It is usually the most patient who wins in Texas Hold’em.
  • Good hands that you should almost always raise with pre-flop are two aces (AA), two kings (KK), two queens (QQ), and aces and kings (AK). Are you patient to play only dressed hands where both cards are dressed, ie jacked up to ace (YES) and cards of the same denomination (eg 22, 55, 1010)? Then it does not matter how green you are, you will still have a good chance of winning against fewer patient players, ie the majority of poker players.

Texas Hold’em is an incredibly deep game with an incredible number of different strategies. Find yours and refine it, so maybe you will win a penny too.