Once the first betting round (preflop) is over, the dealer places three uncovered cards in the middle of the table. These three cards are known as the flop.

These cards are the first three of a total of five known as community cards or cards of the table, which can be used by any player in conjunction with their two cards covered with the objective of forming the best possible combination of 5 cards.

After the flop cards have been placed in the center of the table, another betting round begins. In it, the first player to the left of the dealer button and still in play is the one who acts first. In this betting round there is no blind stance so that the first player to act (usually the small blind) may pass or bet.

In non-limit Texas Hold’em, a bet must be equal to or greater than the initial big blind. In the limit hold’em, the bet must match exactly the amount of the big blind.

If everyone passes or if a player bets and the rest of the players match their bet or withdraw, then the betting round is over and the game continues with the turn.

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