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Learning to Play Texas Hold'em
In Texas Hold’em each player receives two down cards as the initial hand. There is a round of betting after these cards have been delivered. Three board-cards are turned simultaneously *(which is 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 one. These board-cards are community cards and after the final round of betting has been completed a player may use any combination of five cards (one in their hand, four from the board, etc.) to determine their best hand. A player may also use all of the board-cards, which is termed “playing the board”.

Texas Hold’em uses a flat disc called a Dealer button to indicate the player who in theory dealt the cards for that pot. The button (player with the Dealer button) is the last to receive cards on the initial deal and has the right of last action on all betting rounds except the first. One or more blind bets are used to stimulate action and initiate play. Blinds are posted before the player looks at their cards. Blinds count as part of the player’s bet, unless the structure of a specific game or situation requires part or all of the particular blind to be “dead”. Dead chips are not part of a player’s bet and are taken into the pot.

Blinds are posted by players who sit in consecutive clockwise order from the button. Action is initiated on the first betting round by the player on the immediate left of the person who posted the furthest blind clockwise from the button. On all subsequent rounds the action is begun by the first active player from the button.

Check and raise is permitted. A bet and three raises are allowed. There is not a limit of raises with only two players remaining. A player who put a single chip into the pot that is larger than the bet to said player is assumed to have called the bet, unless said player announces the “raise”.