Players combine their hole cards with the community cards to make the best possible 5-card poker hand.
Both hole cards, one hole card or no hole cards (play the board) can be used to comprise a hand.
Texas Hold'em Poker is the most popular poker variation in the world and the one you've most likely seen played on TV.
Holdem is a community card game that can be played with anywhere from 2-10 players and most often you'll find in No-Limit format - meaning any player can put all of his or her chips in at any time.
Here's a quick spin through the basic rules of Texas Holdem; for a more extensive look, head to our Texas Holdem rules page.
See our Poker Rules for All-In Situations and our Side Pot Calculator here: Rules for Poker All-In Situations | Side Pot Calculator As you can see from our extensive list of rules pages above, poker can be played in many different forms and formats.
For starters you can play Texas Holdem in both cash game and tournament format, which changes the rules and strategy substantially.
Many different varieties of Holdem poker tournaments also have different rules and processes (Turbo, Bounty, Progressive Knockout, Spin & Go, etc) so be sure you're well aware of the rules of the particular poker tournament you're playing.
If it's a form of Texas Hold'em, though, the basic rules of hand rankings, dealing and betting will be fairly consistent and easy to pick up.
The next most popular form of poker to Texas Hold'em is definitely Omaha, which has many rules similarities to Holdem but a couple of key differences.
Foremost are: It seems like a small difference but it alters the optimal strategy for each game substantially.
We highly recommend you try it out and see just how much fun Omaha poker can be.