The basic rules of Holdem Poker are relatively simple and can be taught through practice. Unlike other card games, this game does not have a pre-flop betting round. Instead, players must place bets before each hand is dealt, starting at the left side of the table. The dealer deals two cards to each player face down. These are called hole cards, and the player who posted the small blind keeps them. Other players only see them during the showdown.
The flop is the first phase of the game, which begins with three cards dealt face up on the board. The first three cards are called the flop and are available to every player in the hand. The SB is the first player to act after the flop, and can check or bet. If no one has bet before, the dealer may post the ante or the blinds. A player must then wait for the flop to finish before making a decision.
During the betting round, the players are given two cards and have four options: fold, check, or bet. The player with the highest five-card hand wins the pot. After that, the button moves clockwise to the next player. The remaining three players are then dealt new hands and bet again. As in any card game, the player with the highest hand wins the pot. After the betting round, players are dealt with two community cards and are allowed to use any five-card combination.