Texas Hold ‘Em

At Cheryl’s we learned and Texas Hold ‘Em, and we’ll play again at Ginny‘s house on Nov 21.

If you would like to learn by watching, here are 6 full games of Celebrity Poker Showdown, which aired on Bravo back in 2004. Each video is about 90 minutes. You can see a tournament-style game with players of varying skill levels, and the season finale (episode 6) has the 5 winners from the previous episodes. If you are only going to watch one of them, this is the one to watch!

  • Season 4 Episode 1: Christopher Meloney, Matthew Perry, Stephen Root, Sarah Silverman, Michael Vartan
  • Season 4 Episode 2: Bobby Cannavale, Tony Hawk, Cheryl Hines, Dennis Rodman, Ryan Stiles
  • Season 4 Episode 3: Macaulay Culkin, Neil Flynn, Sara Gilbert, Ricki Lake, Kevin Nealon
  • Season 4 Episode 4: Chevy Chase, Donny Deutsch, Shannon Elizabeth, Kathy Griffin, Neil Patrick Harris
  • Season 4 Episode 5: Dave Navarro, Emily Procter, Angela Basset, Jeff Garlin, Mekhi Phifer
  • Season 4 Episode 6: Championship Game featuring the previous 5 winners!

Looking for a quick run-down of the rules without watching hours of TV?

Let’s start with the hands: Here is the 2-minute explanation of how poker hands are ranked:

Then here’s another, even shorter video, about the basics of gameplay, including betting, for Texas Hold ‘Em:

We had some exciting hands at Cheryl’s on Nov 7, including some split pots (perfect tie hands!) like these:

Split Pot - Straight with Kings

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