There are two low limit poker games that are popular with beginners in the casino. Seven-card stud and Limit Texas Hold'em. I chose to learn how to play Hold'em. The rules of the game are fairly easy to learn. Limit Hold'em has structured betting and the lowest limit you will find in most casinos is a $3/$6 game. That means the minimum bet is three dollars during the first two rounds of betting and the minimum bet is six dollars during the last two betting rounds. You use the limits when you raise as wll. Other limits you may find are 5/10 or 10/20 or higher. I will explain the 3/6 game. Texas Hold'em can be played by up to eleven players. Ten players are an ideal game and some nice pots can be won.
Since the casino supplies a dealer one player must be the designated dealer who will last act during the betting rounds. A disk or "Button" is used to identify the dealer and this is rotated to the left after each hand. To start a new hand two "Blind" bets are put up or "Posted". The person immediately to the left of the player with the dealer button puts up or "Posts" the "Small Blind" which is approximately half the minimum bet. Since there are no 50 cent chips, the small blind for the three six game is one dollar. The player to the left of the small blind posts the "Big Blind" which is equal to the minimum bet in this case three dollars.
The rest of the players do not put up any money to start the hand. Because the dealer button rotates around the table, each player will eventually act as the big blind, small blind and dealer. It will cost you four dollars every time the deal makes a complete rotation around the table.
After the blinds are posted each player is dealt two cards face down with the player on the small blind receiving the first card and the player with the dealer button getting the last card. The first betting round begins with the player to the left of the big blind either putting in three dollars to "Call" the blind bet, or putting in six dollars to "raise" the big blind or folding his hand. This goes around the table in order until it reaches the player who posted the small blind. That player can call the bet by putting in two dollars since a dollar bet was already posted. The last person to act is the big blind. If no one has raised, the dealer will ask if they would like the option. This is the option to raise or just "check". By checking the player does not put in any more money.
There can be up to three raises per betting round. After the first round is completed the dealer will "burn" or discard the top card on the deck. This is done to make sure no one could have accidentally seen the top card. Three cards are dealt and turned face up in the middle of the table. This is known as the "Flop". These are community cards used by all the players. Another betting round begins with the first active player to the left of the dealer button. The minimum bet for this round is also three dollars.
After this round the dealer burns another card and turns a fourth card face up in the middle of the table. This is sometimes referred to as the "Turn". The minimum bet after the turn is now six dollars and begins again with the first active player to the left of the button. When this round is complete the dealer will burn another card and turn a fifth card face up. This is called the "river" or Fifth Street and the final betting round begins with six dollars being the minimum bet.
To determine the winner, the players may use any combination of their two down cards and the five cards on the "Board" (Table) to form the highest five card hand. In some rare cases the best hand will be the five cards on board. In that case the active players will split the pot. A sixth card is never used to break a tie.