Second Round of Betting

After the first round of play is complete, t he dealer flips three community cards faceup in the middle of the table. These are available for use by everyone ( as we shall see), a nd they stay there throughout t he hand. We call t he t hree community cards ( and the moment they are dealt) the flop. I n every hand of Hold'em, the fop is a signal moment; for each player stiil in the hand, these three new community cards are l ikely to confirm his high hopes for the hand or all b ut shatter them, s ince there are j ust two cards stiil t o come. S ince the blinds are used only during t he first round of beting, the first remaining player who is closest to the left of the button begins the action in the s econd round. You might suppose that this i s the same player who had to post t he small blind before any cards were dealt, but it's quite possible, even likely, that t he small blind, t he big blind, and other players have folded during the first round because the early-position players didn't like t heir own hands or because someone raised.

This person, the one who begins the second-round action, may now check (make no bet a t all, b ut not fold his hand either; in effect, he i s saying, " I'm not betting right now, but I r etain my

Hold'em Flop

option to call bets or even to raise, later in the hand"), fold (you should never fold until someone has made a bet that you would otherwise have to at least call), or bet. It's possible that everyone wiil check, the pot remaining just as it was; in this case, too, this round of play is complete. But the appearance of the three flop cards on the table wiil change everyone's view of the hand.

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