Texas Holdem is the most exciting poker game. However, the game's rules are quite easy and can be explained in less than half-page. It goes exactly like this:
Every player's aim in the game is to make the best five-card combination.
First of all, to enter the game each player should make a bet. The first to make it is the Small Blind, the first person to the left of the button. There is a new button during each new game this position moves around the table clockwise. So, there is also new Small Blind during every new game. After the small Blind bets, the Big Blind should make his contribution. Big Blind's bet should be twice bigger than the Small Blind's one.
As soon as the forced bets are made, all the other players can bet.
Than everybody is dealt two cards face down. These are called hole cards and can be observed only by those who hold them.
After the third betting rounds goes, the flop. The flop consists of three cards face-up. They can be observed and used by all players at the table and that's why they are called community cards.
Than the fourth betting round goes and one more community card is dealt. It is called the Turn.
Another betting round (the fifth one) is done and the last community card, the River, is revealed. Than goes the last betting round and there is a showdown.
The showdown is the last stage of the game, when everybody opens his cards and the best hand is estimated.
During the betting rounds players can call (to make a bet, equal to the one, made by the previous player), raise (to make a bet, higher than the one, made by the previous player) and check (to make no a zero bet in case there were no bets before in this round). In No Limit games players also have an option of going all-in, which is to put all his chips in the pot. If this bet is called, the game stops and all the remaining cards are revealed, no matter what stage it was.
Players also can fold (to exit the game) at any stage. In this case all the player's chips remain in the pot.