Short for Texas Hold Em, an absolutely wonderful card game where skill is highly utilized. To appreciate the game fully, one must play it and learn the ins and outs. "The Cadillac of Poker", Texas Hold Em
Let's have a hold em tourney.
by stinar28 January 24, 2006
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greatest variation of poker invented. A game where players are dealt two cards face down, then 5 cards are dealt face up in the middle. the best 5-card hand wins. many high schools such as my own (TCI) play for quarters and loonies and so on. Also known as texas hold em or Texas Hold-em'
danny: hey free money petric come over and play some poker
jason: k sure
danny: yo chris watcha up to?
chris: doin my project worth 35%... its due tommorow and i havent started
danny: come play some poker
chris: whos all there
danny: jason, ar-
chris: fuck yea ill be right over
by iNf3Rn0 December 6, 2004
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The superior form of poker: each player is dealt 2 cards, face down. A round of betting ensues. Then 3 cards are dealt in the middle of the table, face up. Bet. Another card in the middle. Bet. Again. Bet. Your hand is not required to include the initial facedown cards and standard poker rules apply.

If a winner fails to shout “yee-haw” before grabbing her chips, she mist shout 5 “the starts at night are big and bright,” each followed by 5 short claps of the hands and a joyous “DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS!”

Anyone who forgets the Alamo must be shot.
Let’s play Texas Hold ‘Em
by BillieJeanIsNotMyLover July 16, 2019
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Ok quick sidenote with all the Texas Hold 'Em on TV how the hell is there no definition for it yet on here? Oh well, I guess I get the honors!

Texas Hold 'Em is a type of poker game that can be played with 2-10 players. The dealer can either be a designated dealer who does not play or the dealer can be a player. Texas Hold 'Em is called a community game which means that there are community cards that everyone who has bet or checked into the hand can use. It can be played with either a limit or with no limit, the later of the 2 being the one you'll see on TV.

Texas Hold 'Em follows the poker set of winning cards: high card, pair, 2 pair, 3 of a kind, straight, flush, full house, 4 of a kind, straight flush, Royal Flush.

Texas Hold 'Em is played with a set of rules which may vary in some cases. The cards are dealt either to the left of the dealer or to the left of the button which is used in designated dealer games. There is then a round of betting after which the dealer burns, or discards a card, and shows 3 cards face up on the table which is called the flop. Another round of betting happens after this and then the dealer discards another card and shows another card face up called the turn. This same process is repeated and the last card is called the river. A final round of betting follows and players still in the hand reveal their hands to see who wins the pot.

In almost all poker games Texas Hold 'Em has a system of how to play your hand. During the betting periods a person can fold, or give up, their hand; they can call, or equal the previous bet or raise; they can raise or put additional money into their bet; they can check if they are on the big blind (that comes later) or if everyone before them has checked; after the flop, turn or river they can bet and lastly they can go all-in and risk all of their chips.

There are also some additional rules to the game. With antes everyone contributes the same number of chips to the pot but with blinds the 2 people either to the left of the dealer in a dealer-plays game or to the left of the button in a designated dealer game put in blinds. The person closest to the button or dealer puts in the small blind and the person to their left puts in the big blind which is the starting bet. The person who puts in the big blind is the last person to act on their hand in all rounds of betting and can initially check on the big blind. The person who puts in the small blind can call the big blind and puts in chips equal to the amount of the big blind which includes the money they already put in with the blind. In the case that 2 players come out with the same exact winning hand there is a split pot in which both players receive exactly half of the chips or money in the pot. In the case that 2 players both have something like a full house or flush a high-card dominant standard is used. If a player is forced to go all in yet other people who still have money to bet want to put in addition money then a side pot is started which the all-in person can not win; this is done with each person who is all-in with other players who wish to bet more chips. A player is eliminated from the game when they have no more money or chips left.
We played poker last night and the only game Johnny knew how to play was Texas Hold 'Em, he'd seen it on TV so much but had no clue how to play Low Chicago or The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.
by Sid Barrett August 7, 2007
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A version of poker, most notably the variant played at the world series of poker.

Each player is dealt two cards, face down, three cards are then placed in the center of the table, face up. Then two more cards are dealt.

Another popular version is No Limits Texas Hold 'Em, where a player has the option to go all in which means that they bet all their chips.
It takes some balls to play texas hold 'em... Especially with some big greasy mafia types right behind you.
by Hyland February 2, 2004
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A highly skill-oriented and highly entertaining game of Poker in which players are dealt two cards face down, then five community cards face up. The best five-card hand wins.

The game is the most popular form of Poker today, publicized largely by the movie Rounders and the World Series of Poker. Also called "Hold-Em'" or "Texas" for short.
Texas Hold-Em' is the purest form of Poker there is.
by ACG2x January 5, 2004
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