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The rules of a Texas Hold’em Sit and Go tournament
A sit and go tournament is a poker game between usually 6 to 10 players which takes between 20 and 60 minutes. They pay a fixed buy-in and get the same amount of poker chips. Whoever loses his chips is out of the tournament. The last 3 or 2 players at the table win the prize money which is made of the buy-ins of all players.
Almost every poker variant can be played as tournament. In the next paragraphs we introduce you to the most popular game: Texas Hold’em poker.
How does Texas Hold’em Poker work?
Texas Hold’em Poker is played with a deck of 52 cards. Every player gets two cards, hidden from the other players. In four betting rounds, the players bet chips on their cards – or fold their cards and wait for the next game.
Step 1: Two players post a blind bet
One player is always marked as the “dealer”. The two players next to him are forced to put some poker chips, called the "blinds":
- Small blind: paid by the player directly next to the "dealer"
- Big blind: twice as high, paid by the player next to the small blind
Because every new round the role of the "dealer" moves to the next player, everybody has to pay the blinds equally. Special to a tournament is, that the blinds increase over time.
Step 2: Cards are dealt and first betting round starts
Every player gets dealt 2 cards face down. Now the first betting round starts with the player to the left of the Big Blind and goes on to the left. Here are the possible actions:
- Fold: You throw your cards away. If everyone gives up, the last player with cards wins the game immediately.
- Bet: If nobody has bet before you, you can put any amount of your chips in the pot. If your opponents want to continue in the game, they must at least match your bet. Betting all your chips is called going all-in. You will automatically be in the hand until the showdown and cannot be forced to fold.
- Call: If someone before you has bet, a call means to match this bet.
- Raise: A raise puts additional chips to a bet before you. Your opponents need to pay extra or to fold.
- Check: If no one has bet before you, then you can check. This means that you don't place any bets and let the next player act.
The action goes around the table clockwise. When all the bets are matched and there is more than one player left in the game, the bets are collected in the middle of the table – this is called the pot.
Step 3: Flop and second betting round
Three cards are dealt open on the table. They are called the flop. Everybody can use them to build his poker hand, that's why they are also called community cards. Now the 2. betting round takes place, which works the same as the first betting round, except that now the player on the left of the dealer starts the action.
Step 4: Turn and third betting round
Another community cards is dealt, the turn, and the 3. betting round takes place.
Step 5: River and last betting round
The fifth and final community card is dealt, the river, and the last betting round takes place.
Step 6: Showdown
At the showdown all the players who are still in the game reveal their cards to find out who has the best poker hand and will win the pot.
How to build a poker hand
A poker hand always consists of exactly five cards. You construct your hand from your two hidden cards which were dealt to you and the community cards. You won't always need both of your hole cards to form your poker hand, though. You can use four of the community cards, or even all five.
There is a number of different combinations that can form a hand in poker. All the possible hands are divided in certain ranks. The player with the highest ranked poker hand wins the pot at the showdown.
The following list explains the different ranks of poker hands from weakest to strongest.
|High card||If you don't even have a pair, your highest ranked card counts.|
|Pair||Two cards of the same rank. The other three cards are called kickers. If two players have the same pair, then the one with the highest kicker wins.|
|Three-of-a-kind||Three cards of the same rank.|
|Straight||Five consecutive cards.|
|Flush||Five cards of the same suit.|
|Full House||A combination of a three-of-a-kind and a pair.|
|Four-of-a-kind||Four cards of the same rank.|
|Straight Flush||Five consecutive cards of the same suit.|
|Royal Flush||Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten all of the same suit, e.g. spades.|
Now you know the rules of Texas Hold’em Poker and how a Sit and Go tournament works.
If you want to make the first steps in winning money with Sit and Go Tournaments, you should continue with our easy to learn Sit and go beginner strategy.
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