poker is really similar to Texas
Hold'em, but the big difference is that players are dealt four
hole cards instead of two, and must make their best five-card poker
hand using ONLY two of their hole cards and ONLY three of the community
Everyone antes and each player is dealt their four cards
face-down, the hole cards. A button is used to show who the dealer
is for the round, and it shifts in a clockwise motion from player
to player after each round. The player to the left of the dealer
posts what's called the Small Blind (half of the minimum bet), and
the player to the left of that posts the Big Blind (equal to a full
bet). Players can then look at their cards and betting begins to
the left of the player who posted the Big Blind. Because the blinds
are considered bets, players have the option of checking, calling,
raising or folding. This is known as the Pre-Flop.
After betting is over, the dealer burns a card and then
lays down three cards face-up in the middle of the table. This is
called the Flop, and they are community cards that any player can
use. After this comes another round of betting, starting with the
player to the left of the dealer this time and from now on.
The dealer burns another card and then lays down another
one face-up, called the Turn card or Fourth Street. At this point,
if you aren't playing a No Limit or Pot Limit betting
structure, the minimum bets are doubled and another round of
Another card is burned, and the final community card
is laid, called the River or Fifth Street. There is a final round
of betting and then the Showdown where players still in the game
show their cards and what hands they've made.
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