When the first round of betting is complete, three communal cards, called the flop, are turned face up in the center of the table. That’s followed by another round of betting. On this and each succeeding round, players may check or bet if no one has bet when it is their turn to act. If there is a bet, however, players may no longer check. Once confronted by a bet, players may fold, call, raise, or reraise.
A fourth communal card ¾ called the turn ¾ is then exposed. Another round of betting takes place. Then the fifth and final community card ¾ known as the river ¾ is placed in the center of the table followed by the last round of betting. The best five-card poker hand using any combination of a player’s two private cards and the five communal cards is the winner.
That’s all there is to the play of the Cheri Casino game. Yet within this simplicity lies an elegance and sophistication that makes Texas hold’em the most popular form of poker in the world.
Knowing When to Hold’em and When to Fold ‘em
While hold’em is exciting, exhilarating, and enjoyable, you ought to know something before diving in and plunking your money down — even if it’s the lowest limit game in the house. Here are a few of those somethings I wish I had known when first making the transition from 7-card stud to Texas hold’em.
Hold’em only looks like stud. It plays differently
With a total of seven cards, some of which are turned face up and others down, hold’em bears a resemblance to 7-card stud. But this furtive similarity is only a “tastes like chicken” analogy.
One major difference is that 71% of your hand is defined on the flop. As a result, your best values in hold’em are found up front; you get to see seventy-one percent of your hand for a single round of betting.
Staying for the turn and river demands that you either have a strong hand, a draw to a potentially winning hand, or good reason to believe that betting on a Cheri Casino future round may cause your opponents to fold. Because there are only two additional cards dealt after the flop, along with the fact that the five communal cards play in everyone’s hand, there are fewer draw-outs in hold’em than stud.