Players are handed two down cards (hole cards) for their hand in Hold’em, after which there is a round of betting. When three board cards are turned over at once, a new round of betting begins (called the flip). After a betting round, the following two board cards are each individually. Players may use any five cards from the communal board and their cards in any combination. A player can still create a hand with no personal cards and only board cards (“play the board”). It would help if you pressed the dealer button. The game can be played with one blind, several blinds, an ante, or a mix of blinds and ante in addition to the standard two blinds.

Rounds of Betting

Each player is dealt two face-down cards, often known as “hole cards” or “pocket cards,” at the beginning of the game. Any player may call, raise, or fold the big blind during the first betting round, starting with the person to the left of the large blind. The big blind can raise a pot that has not yet been submitted.

The flop is when three community cards are dealt face up after the dealer burns a card. The first three cards are the flop, and all community cards make up the board.

Second Round of Betting: Starting with the player to the left of the dealer button, any player may check or bet. After a wager is made, every player has the option to raise, call, or fold.

In turn, the dealer discards the fifth card and adds a fourth face-up card to the community cards. The fourth card is the turn card, also referred to as the fourth straight.

While the stake is frequently doubled in limited games, the third betting round is conducted similarly to the second.

The River: Before adding the fifth and final card to the community cards, the dealer burns it. The fifth card is the river card, also referred to as the fifth straight.

The last betting round follows the same format as the previous two rounds.

The Showdown: Using the most potent five-card combination from their hole cards and the community cards, the remaining players reveal their hands, starting with the gambler or last raiser. The player with the most substantial five-card hand takes home the pot. (In the event of a tie, the pool is distributed equally among the successful hands.)

Additional Rules for Texas Hold’em Poker.

Only irregularities should be subject to these rules. See Using buttons and blinds for more information on how to use them.

The deal will be deemed incorrect if you display the first or second dealt hole card. The dealer takes the card, reshuffles the deck, and then deals another round of cards. The deal is finished when another hole card is revealed as a result of a dealer error. There is no way to store the exposed map. After the hand is over, the dealer replaces the card with the top card of the deck; the exposed card is then used as the fire card. If more than one hole card is visible, the deal is a mistake, and you must start over.

If the flip has too many cards, it must be redealt. This is still true even if you can tell which card is the extra.

If the flop must be redone because the cards flipped prematurely before all betting was finished or because the loss had too many cards, the board cards are mixed with the remaining cards in the deck. The table still has the fire card out. After shuffling, the dealer cuts the deck and hands another flop without burning any cards.

For further information on this agreement, see Notes, discussion #2.

The fourth card on the board is removed from the game if the dealer deals it before the betting round is finished, regardless of whether the following players decide to fold. The wager is now over. The dealer discarded the fourth card and then dealt with the fifth card. After this betting round, the dealer reshuffles the deck, including the card taken out but not the burned or thrown cards. The dealer cuts the deck and flips the final card without burning a card. The deck is reshuffled, and new cards are dealt if the fifth card is revealed before the game ends.

For further information on this agreement, see Notes, discussion #2.

The extra card is returned to the deck and used as the fire card if the dealer delivers the first player an additional card after everyone else has received their opening hand. When the dealer inadvertently deals with more than one other card, it is a misdeal.