Each player is initially dealt four hole cards, the values of which they keep hidden from other players. Players use three of the community cards, which are yet to be dealt, and two of their hole cards to make the best poker hand possible. The hand must be made up of these exact quantities of cards.
In the preflop, each player gets the option of calling, raising or folding after seeing his hole cards. Each player takes a turn moving clockwise around the table. After each player has made his wager, the flop, or the first three community cards, comes out on the table. Each player again chooses whether to call, raise or fold.
After the second round of wagering, one more community card is dealt. This card is called the turn. There is another round of wagering, and then the final card, the river, is dealt to the table. One last round of betting ensues.
Players who have not folded now reveal their cards. The player who holds the best hand wins the pot, and a new hand begins.