Pine Brook Jewish Center’s Inaugural Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament

When: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Time: 4:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 174 Changebridge Road, Montville, NJ 07045

REGISTER HERE – To register, go to “Event Sign-up” after logging into PBJC ChaverWeb site. If you do not have a Username, click on “Create A Guest Account” and follow the instructions.

For questions or more details about this event, please contact Seth Friedman @ sethfriedman21@outlook.com

The Pine Brook Jewish Center is pleased to announce that it is hosting a Texas No-Limit Hold ‘Em tournament, to be held in Montville, New Jersey. The dealers and floor managers are professionally hired and the event will feature complimentary catered food and drinks as part of your buy-in.

The first 50 entrants to register online will receive extra chips to start.

About Our Tournament

4:00pm-4:30pm Registration
4:30pm-8:30pm Tournament

$75 Buy in

$75 Re-Buys for the first hour
Player must be below original chipstack at Buy in to re-buy
$75 Add-on at the end of the first hour

REGISTER HERE – To register, go to “Event Sign-up” after logging into PBJC ChaverWeb site. If you do not have a Username, click on “Create A Guest Account” and follow the instructions.

TOTAL ESTIMATED PRIZE POOL OF $2,500

1st Place winner – $1,000 (estimated) in the form of VISA Gift Cards. Remaining prizes are awarded to the top 10%. Actual award amounts are based upon total players, re-buys and add-ons. Must be 21 to play. Complete rules available at registration office.

Texas Hold’em consists of 4 Betting Rounds. Throughout the Texas Hold’em game each player receives 2 facedown “Pocket Cards”. 5 face-up “Community cards” placed in the center of the Texas Hold’em Poker Table to be shared by all the players. Each player on the Texas Hold’em Poker Table creates the highest valued Poker hand, using any combination of his/her 2 Pocket Cards and the 5 Community cards.

Texas Hold’em Rules

Driven by the popularity of televised poker, particularly the main event of the World Series of Poker, Texas Hold’em (more commonly, ‘Hold’em’) has become the world’s most popular poker game, both in live casinos and online at PokerStars.

Before you begin playing Hold’em, you’ll want to learn the rules. In Hold’em, each player is dealt two private cards (known as ‘hole cards’) that belong to them alone. Five community cards are dealt face-up, to form the ‘board’. All players in the game use these shared community cards in conjunction with their own hole cards to each make their best possible five-card poker hand. In Hold’em, a player may use any combination of the seven cards available to make the best possible five-card poker hand, using zero, one or two of their private hole cards.

How to Play Texas Hold’em

THE BLINDS

In Hold’em, a marker called ‘the button’ or ‘the dealer button’ indicates which player is the nominal dealer for the current game. Before the game begins, the player immediately clockwise from the button posts a forced bet, known as the ‘small blind’, and the player immediately clockwise from the small blind posts another forced bet, known as the ‘big blind’ (which is usually twice the size of the small blind). Depending on the exact structure of the game, each player may also be required to post an ‘ante’ (another type of forced bet, usually smaller than either blind, posted by all players at the table) into the pot.

Now, each player receives his or her two hole cards.

PLAYER BETTING OPTIONS

In Hold’em, as with other forms of poker, the available actions are ‘fold’, ‘check’, ‘bet’, ‘call’ or ‘raise’. Exactly which options are available depends on the action taken by the previous players. Each poker player always has the option to fold, to discard their cards and give up any interest in the pot. If nobody has yet made a bet, then a player may either check (decline to bet, but keep their cards), or bet. If a player has bet, then subsequent players can fold, call or raise. To call is to match the amount the previous player has bet. To raise is to not only match the previous bet, but to also increase it.

PRE-FLOP

After seeing his or her hole cards, each player now has the option to play his or her hand by calling or raising the big blind. The action begins to the left of the big blind, which is considered a ‘live’ bet on this round. That player has the options to fold, call or raise. For example, if the big blind was $2, it would cost $2 to call, or at least $4 to raise.  Action then proceeds clockwise around the table.

Note: The betting structure varies with different variations of the game. Explanations of the betting action in Limit Hold’em, No Limit Hold’em, and Pot Limit Hold’em can be found below.

Betting continues on each betting round until all active players (who have not folded) have placed equal bets in the pot.

THE FLOP

Now, three cards are dealt face-up on the board.  This is known as ‘the flop’. In Hold’em, the three cards on the flop are community cards, available to all players still in the hand. Betting on the flop begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the button.  The betting options are similar to pre-flop, however if nobody has previously bet, players may opt to check, passing the action to the next active player clockwise.

THE TURN

When the betting action is completed for the flop round, the ‘turn’ is dealt face-up on the board. The turn is the fourth community card in Hold’em (and is sometimes also called ‘Fourth Street’). Another round of betting ensues, beginning with the active player immediately clockwise from the button.

THE RIVER

When betting action is completed for the turn round, the ‘river’ or ‘Fifth Street’ is dealt face-up on the board. The river is the fifth and final community card in a Hold’em game. Betting again begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the button, and the same betting rules apply as they do for the flop and turn, as explained above.

THE SHOWDOWN

At the end of the final betting round, if there is more than one remaining poker player, the last person to bet or raise shows his or her cards first. If there was no bet on the final round, the player immediately clockwise from the button shows his or her cards first. The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot. In the event of identical hands, the pot will be equally divided between the players with the best hands. Hold’em rules state that all suits are equal.

After the pot is awarded, a new game of Hold’em is ready to be played. The button now moves clockwise to the next player, blinds and antes are once again posted, and new hands are dealt to each player.