How To Shuffle Cards Like A Magician
Dealing a heads up Texas Holdem game is a little trickier than dealing a full, nine-handed poker game. This article will explain exactly how to deal heads up Holdem games, including who posts which blinds, how to deal the cards, and who acts first (preflop and postflop).
Before the cards are dealt, whichever player has the Dealer Chip (a small button that signifies who holds dealer position for the hand) posts the small blind. The player who is not in dealer position posts the big blind, which is twice the size of the small blind. If antes are in use, both players also post an equal sized ante at this time.
The dealer shuffles the cards, then burns (discards) the top card in case either player happened to see the top card during the shuffle. Then, the dealer deals one face-down card to the player not in dealer position. The next card (also face-down) goes to the player who is in dealer position. The third card (still face-down) goes to the player not in dealer position, and the fourth (and final) face-down card goes to the player in dealer position. This leaves both players with two face-down hole cards.
Once the cards have been dealt, the player in dealer position (who posted the small blind) acts first – he/she can either call the big blind, raise the big blind, or fold, which would result in a win for the player in non-dealer position. Once the player in dealer position has acted, the player in non-dealer position can check (if the dealer called the big blind), fold (if the dealer raised the big blind), call (if the dealer raised the big blind), or re-raise (if the dealer raised the big blind). Once both players have an equal amount of money in the pot, the game moves on to the flop.