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Texas Hold'em

Texas hold'em is by far the most popular form of poker played on the Internet. Like seven-card stud, it's a game in which the best five-card hand is made from seven available cards. But there's a world of difference between the two games.

In Texas hold'em, each player receives two cards dealt face down - the only private cards to be dealt during the hand. After players glance at them, a round of betting - the first of several - begins. Some players drop out at this point rather than wait for the remaining five cards.

Those remaining cards are communal, and can be used by any player. They'll be turned face up in the center of the table by the dealer. Those common cards - shared by those still active in the hand combine with each player's two private cards to form his strongest five-card poker hand.

The mechanics of Texas hold'em are simpler than seven-card stud: You're freed from the drudgery of constantly asking yourself, "Which cards did my opponents throw away?" In hold'em, all cards you're concerned with are either in your own hand or right in the center of the table for you and everyone else to gaze upon - happily or wistfully, as the case may be.

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