Here is a rudimentary look at Texas Hold 'em.
In the World Series of Poker, dealers do not play. A button is used to indicate the player who acts from the dealer position, being the last to receive cards and the last to bet. After each hand, the button passes to the next player on the left.
Before the deal, the two players to the left of the button put money, called a blind, into the pot. The first player posts the small blind, usually half the amount of the minimum bet, and the second player posts the big blind, usually the full amount of the minimum bet.
The hole cards
Each player is dealt two cards face down, known as the hole or pocket cards. A round of betting takes place, beginning with the player to the left of the big blind and moving around the table to the left.
After the betting, the dealer discards, or burns, one card, and then deals three cards face up on the table, commonly known as the flop. Players can use the face-up cards in combination with their hole cards to make a five-card poker hand. Another round of betting takes place, beginning with the small blind.
The dealer burns a card and deals one card face up, commonly called the turn. Another round of betting takes place.
The dealer burns a card and deals one card face up, commonly called the river. Players can use their hole cards in combination with any three of the five face-up cards to make their hand. A final round of betting takes place. The best hand remaining at the end wins.
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