There may be a casino full of slot machines on every corner in Bozeman, but did you know that you can play live poker in Bozeman?

Bozeman isn't necessarily known for its poker scene, but if you love the game of Texas Hold'em, there are a few live tables where you can sit down and play 7 days a week.

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Texas Hold'em has attracted many new players as a result of the popularity of the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Here's the definition of Texas Hold'em according to the Official Montana Poker Rule Book.

In Texas Hold'em, players receive two downcards as their personal hand (hole cards), after which there is a round of betting. Three board cards are turned simultaneously (called the “flop”) and another round of betting occurs. The next two board cards are turned one at a time, with a round of betting after each card. The board cards are common cards used by all players, and a player may use any five-card combination from among the board and personal cards. A player may even use all of the board cards and no personal cards to form a hand (play the board). A dealer button is used. The usual structure is to use two blinds, but it is possible to play the game with one blind, multiple blinds, an ante, or a combination of blinds plus an ante.

Personally, I love Texas Hold'em and hit up the poker tables in Bozeman on occasion. One of my favorite tables is the Molly Brown Card Room at the Molly Brown Bar. The table is open 7 nights a week starting at 8:00 p.m. Minimum buy-in is $20. My friend Spencer runs the table. He's a great guy and knows a lot about the game of poker.

You can also play poker at the Cat's Paw on N. 7th Ave. in Bozeman. The Cat's Paw has two tables, and you can play 7 days a week from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

If you live in Belgrade, you can play Texas Hold'em at the Friendly Tavern on Jackrabbit Lane on Thursday & Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Click here to view the Official Montana Poker Rule Book.

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