The Basics of Texas Hold ‘Em – Rounders Quote

Al the Almost was among the first to arrive, so as he helped Roderick the Rock set up, they got talking about their favorite movies.

[AA] “Rounders is my all-time number one movie by a mile. It came out in 1998, five years before Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker, so Rounders can take a lot of credit for helping fuel the Texas Hold ‘Em boom. I’ve seen it so many times, I can quote most of the movie by heart. Like when Mike McDermott narrates how the game works {Al goes into his best Matt Damon impersonation}:

No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em is the Cadillac of poker1.

Each player is dealt two cards face down.

Five cards are then dealt face up across the middle.

These are community cards everyone can use to make the best five card hand.

He could have added that two forced bets, the small blind and the big blind, are made before the deal, and betting rounds follow the deal, the three-card flop, the one-card turn, and the one-card river. But that’s pretty much it for the major rules2. Truly a “minute-to-learn, lifetime-to-master” game.

The key to the game is playing the man, not the cards.

Bet an eight-ball3.

There’s no other game in which fortunes can change so much from hand to hand4.

A brilliant player can get a strong hand cracked, go on tilt5

and lose his mind along with every single chip in front of him.

This is why the World Series of Poker is decided over a No-Limit Hold ‘Em table.

Some people, pros even, won’t play No-Limit.

They can’t handle the swings.

But there are others, like Doyle Brunson, who consider No-Limit the only pure game left.

[RR] Roderick had just finished setting out the last of the chips and could only gasp at Al’s memory, “Man, I gotta watch that movie again now.”


  1. Doyle Brunson, one of the original inventors of Texas Hold ‘Em, is credited with this quote.
  2. If you’re a neophyte, here’s a somewhat longer but still brief explanation of the rules.
  3. An eight-ball, from the obvious pool analogy, is $800.
  4. McDermott clearly never played Guts with someone like Viktor Blom ;-).
  5. Play too emotionally. Pinball manufacturers added a tilt detector to their machines when players started saving balls from draining by jerking the cabinet around violently.

{ The Hold ‘Em at Home blog is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. }


One thought on “The Basics of Texas Hold ‘Em – Rounders Quote”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Brought to you by THETA Poker Pro for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV.