Texas Hold Em Poker | Casino Games | Spirit Mountain Casino | Spirit Mountain Casino
Spirit Mountain Stars Spirit Mountain Stars

Oh no - your browser is out of date, so some of the features on this site may not function properly. Please upgrade or download Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for the best experience.

With the current rise in COVID-19 cases, Spirit Mountain Casino is implementing the temporary safety measure of making the entire casino facility non-smoking effective 11/17/20. This includes 20 feet from all entrances, lodge, casino, lobbies, etc.  This measure will stay in place until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Spirit Mountain Casino Requires Face Masks & Smoking is not allowed indoors or within 20 feet of any entrance. For details on our safety measures please see our Health & Safety Plan


Texas Hold Em Poker

Most likely, you’ve seen Texas Hold ‘Em played on ESPN, the Travel Channel, or in a friend’s living room. Come see what all the fuss is about.


As the most popular poker variation in U.S. casinos, Texas Hold ‘Em takes minutes to learn but much longer to master. The combination of poker and bluffing skills makes Texas Hold ‘Em a game that requires practice and finesse. It was invented in Texas, just as its name suggests, and was brought to Las Vegas in the late 1960s. The poker game rose to popularity in the 2000s after it was highly televised and introduced in online game play. In Texas Hold ‘Em, bluffing expertise is crucial and poker players often spend years perfecting their poker face. Visit Spirit Mountain Casino to try your hand at Texas Hold ‘Em and read the game’s rules and a few tips below.


In Texas Hold ‘Em, all players are dealt two pocket (or hole) cards. Then, a total of five community cards are revealed by the dealer. After all rounds of betting are finished, the best five-card hard, using any combination of pocket and community cards, wins. While the casino dealer is always the one to physically deal the cards, a dealer button is rotated around the table so that each player is in the dealer’s position once per round. This allows the blinds to be set. A “blind” is a mandatory bet posted before the cards are dealt used to stimulate the action on the first betting round. Normally, two blinds are used, to indicate the two players that will put antes, or a stipulated amounts which must be posted by each player before cards are dealt, into the pot. It is also possible to play Hold ‘Em with one blind, multiple blinds, an ante, or a combination of blinds plus an ante. Be sure to ask the casino dealer which format is being used at your table. To start play, the dealer deals each player two pocket cards face-down. Then, a round of betting ensues. After the betting, the dealer burns one card and reveals three community cards face up. This is called the flop. After the flop, there is a second round of betting. The dealer then burns another card and reveals one more community card (the turn, or fourth street), and then the third round of betting takes place. After the third betting round, the dealer burns one more card and reveals one final community card. This card is called the river, or fifth street. There is then a final round of betting, followed by a showdown in which each remaining player shows their hand with the bettor showing first.


Two pocket cards and three community cards

One pocket card and four community cards

Zero pocket cards and all five community cards


After posting your blind, that money is no longer yours, just like an ante. Don’t think that you need to defend the blind by calling raises even when you don’t have a great hand. All this will do is lead to wasting additional money on marginal hands. Also, don’t just always call with the small blind with the assumption that you might as will pay the other half of the ante. If you have nothing, you have nothing. Saving that half of the ante will pay for your next small blind, and get you into the game when your hand is hot. Choosing whether or not to continue playing after seeing the flop can be a tough decision. It can also be a costly decision if you continue with a weak hand. Keep in mind that the flop determines about 71% of your hand. After those three community cards come out, you’ve seen 5/7 of the final hand. This should give you enough information to determine whether or not to continue. If you feel that you have the top hand after seeing the turn, go ahead and bet. “Calling a bet” means you intend to match the amount of the wagers made up to that point. If you simply check, you may lose a few bets. You may “check” whenever you are first to act, or when the players acting before you have checked. “Check” is simply choosing not to bet, but reserving the option of remaining in the action if other players do bet. Most players will call you in a straightforward low-limit game. If your hand truly is the best, why not make them pay? Remember, you’re playing against the other players at the table. Don’t give them a free card. Take them out of the game when you can.
Poker at Spirit Mountain

Learn more about poker at Spirit Mountain Casino!

Learn More
Visit Spirit Mountain

Nestled in the heart of Polk County, Spirit Mountain is just 60 minutes south of Portland.

Get Directions

More Ways to Play Poker

60 miles
from Portland
Follow Us

Oh no - your browser is out of date, so some of the features on this site may not function properly. Please upgrade or download Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for the best experience.