Texas Hold’em is the most popular form of poker played in poker rooms today, both land-based and online. As the chosen game of the World Series of Poker Finals, it is the game by which ultimate poker skill is measured.
Texas Hold’em is a fast-paced, exciting type of poker, with lots of betting action. Each player is dealt 2 cards, and then 5 communal cards are dealt to the board, over the course of 3 betting rounds
This means that all the players at the table can see 5 out of the 7 possible cards that everyone will use to build their strongest hand for the showdown.
Contrast this with 7-Card Stud where each person only has two cards visible, and 5 cards cannot be seen by the other players. The upshot is that it is easier to predict what hands your opponents could be holding.
Which, on the one hand, is an advantage, but also means that it can be harder to bluff. This makes for a fast, aggressive game in which you’ll need to know your stuff to survive.