Texas Hold'Em Rules
In hold'em, players receive two downcards as their personal hand (holecards), 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 community cards, and a player can use any five-card combination from among the
board and personal cards. A player can 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
combination of blinds plus an ante.
ROUNDS OF BETTING
1. Opening deal - Each player is dealt two cards face down, which are known as hole cards or pocket cards.
2. First round of betting - Starting with the player to the left of the big blind, each player can call the big blind, raise, or fold. The big blind
has the option to raise an otherwise unraised pot.
3. The flop - The dealer burns a card, and then deals three community cards face up. The first three cards are referred to as the flop, while
all of the community cards are collectively called the board.
4. Second round of betting - Starting with the player to the left of the dealer button, each player can check or bet. Once a bet has been
made, each player can raise, call, or fold.
5. The turn - The dealer burns another card, and then adds a fourth card face-up to the community cards. This fourth card is known as the
turn card, or fourth street.
6. Third round of betting - It follows the same format as the second round, but the size of the bets have usually doubled in limit games.
7. The river - The dealer burns another card, and then adds a fifth and final card to the community cards. This fifth card is known as the
river card, or fifth street.
8. Final round of betting - It follows the same format as the second and third rounds.
9. The showdown - Using the best five-card combination of their hole cards and the community cards, the remaining players show their
hands, with the bettor or last raiser showing first. The highest five-card hand wins the pot. (In case of a tie, the pot is evenly split among
the winning hands.)
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