Flop Games

Community Card Poker Game

by Jesse Knight


Flop Games - A style of poker game that includes community cards and a three card flop.

The three main types of poker games include flop games, stud games, and draw games. The fundamental difference between these game types is the method in which the cards are delivered to the players. In a flop game, players are dealt their own private hole cards, or pocket cards, at the start of the hand. These cards are dealt face down, so that the other players in the game do not see them. Only the player to whom the cards are dealt may have access to them.

After the hole cards are dealt, there is an initial round of betting. At the conclusion of the first betting round, the community cards are dealt. The dealer places the community cards face up on the board, for all players to share. There are ultimately five community cards delivered, and they are dealt in segments, with a betting round occurring after each delivery of cards. The first group of community card to be delivered is called the “flop,” and it consists of exactly three cards. This is followed by the “turn,” which consists of one card, and the “river,” which likewise consists of one card.

Flop games are also sometimes called “community card games,” because stud and draw games do not typically use community cards, except in some rare and very specific situations. There are many different poker games which fall into the category of flop games. These include Hold’em, Omaha, and Pineapple. Flop games have increased in popularity over the past decade or so, and they are now the most frequently played type of casino poker, both for live action as well as tournaments. The most popular of all flop games is Texas Hold’em, which can be played as a limit, spread limit, pot limit, or no limit game. No Limit Hold’em has been described by Doyle Brunson, one of the world’s preeminent poker players, as “The Cadillac of poker games.”

Hold’em is the flop game which is preferred over other game types by a wide variety of players, and by the house as well. There is a good reason that flop games in general, and Hold’em specifically, have become so popular. Players at all levels like Holdem because of the nature of the game. It is straightforward and easy to learn for the novice player, and luck plays almost as strong a role as skill, allowing even the worst players to win big from time to time. More advanced players like the layers of complexity and deep strategic thought the game within the game requires. While luck plays a strong role in the short run in a Hold’em game, the ability for weak player to win is largely a mirage. While they may win from time to time, in the long run, skill wins out, ultimately giving the advanced player a very profitable edge. In a no limit or pot limit Hold’em game, the luck factor is greatly diminished and the skill factor is intensely magnified, leading to a very big edge for the experienced player.

Hold’em is a fast paced game, much faster than stud or draw games, and this is appealing to the players and the house alike. The house likes a fast paced game, because they typically drop (rake) each hand. This means the faster that the hands are dealt, more revenue will ultimately be taken in. One of the reasons a Hold’em hand moves so quickly is because community cards are used. This makes the game a lot faster, because the dealer does not have to take the time to deliver each player their own cards, as he would in a stud game or a draw game. Other flop games like Omaha and Pineapple are slower than hold’em , because unlike Hold’em they are often played as hi/lo games, and both employ more than the two hole cards, which is the standard in a Hold’em game.

Usage: I Prefer Flop Games, Crazy Pineapple and Lazy Pineapple Are Flop Games.

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