Players in Holdem poker make forced bets before the hand is dealt. A player can either fold, check, raise, or bet the full amount of the big blind. The small blind is half the size of the big blind. The big bet is the initial bet of the hand, and it must be called or raised before a player can move on to the next stage of betting. After the flop, the action continues clockwise around the table until all players have placed equal bets.
After a player has won a hand, the button moves clockwise to the next player. The blinds and antes are posted and new hands are dealt. This process is repeated until the pot is won. The game is then decided by the winning hand. The pot is awarded to the first player to raise his bet. If more than one player has a winning hand, the pot is split evenly among the remaining players. If a player wins the pot, he or she has the best hand, and the next player's turn comes up.
The game begins with one player sitting at the center of the table. The dealer, also known as the ‘button', will post the first forced bet and move clockwise. The dealer's turn will be to post the small blind, which is the first bet. The next player clockwise from the button will post the big blind, which is twice the size of the small blind. In a home game, the player with the button will not deal the cards.
After the initial round of betting, the dealer will deal two cards from the board, which become the community cards. The player on the dealer's left will bet first in the subsequent rounds. The remaining players can check, call, raise, or fold. This betting cycle continues until all players have folded or the pot amount has been equaled. If all players have no cards, the dealer will turn the final two cards of the deck to complete the flop.
After the initial betting round, each player receives two cards as their personal hands. The button moves clockwise to the next player, who in turn posts the small blind, followed by the big blind, who posts the same amount of money as the small blind. As the game progresses, the dealer may decide to post the next two cards on the board. These two players will then bet to determine the winner. Once the pot is awarded, the button will move to the next player's left.
Once a player has made the best hand, the dealer will bet the next round. The player with the best hand wins the pot. The next round of betting will be a showdown. The dealer will call first and place the button on the table. If the dealer does not call, the game continues with a new round of betting. Depending on the stakes, the dealer will be the one to post the button. After the initial betting round, the dealers button will move to the next player's left and the flop.