How to Play Flop Poker

By Hobbies, Games & Toys Editor
Poker can be played with anywhere from 2 to 8 people.

Flop poker is a new table game that is increasing in popularity in casinos throughout the South and Midwest. In this poker-based game players use 3 dealt cards and 2 of 3 community cards (the "flop") to build 5-card poker hands. The players are also competing against each other for a collective pot of money. To learn how to play this easy and addictive game, follow these steps.

Make an ante wager and a pot wager. The pot wager is usually the table minimum and the ante wager usually starts at $5, but can be more depending on the table. The pot bets are placed in the middle of the table for the player with the best hand.

Receive 3 cards face down. Do not look at them until the dealer tells you to. You are usually not allowed to tell other players what you have since you are competing for a community pot.

Decide whether you are going to raise or fold. Remember that you are going to play with 2 of the dealer's flop cards, so don't be so quick to fold a hand that you might think is bad.

Watch the dealer turn over the flop-3 community cards. Each player can use 2 of these cards in conjunction with the 3 cards in their hand to make their strongest 5-card poker hand.

Wait for the dealer to go through each player's cards to determine who has the best hand. A pair of jacks or higher will pay on the ante. The player with the best hand will win the pot.

Tip

Play every hand since you don't know what the flop might bring. Play blind (raise without looking at your cards) to add a little more excitement to the game.