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This term is used to refer to a group of cards in certain types of poker, such as Omaha or Hold ‘Em games. Flop cards are shared by all players. They are dealt out and placed in the center of the playing area, face-up so that they are visible to all participants. This feature is such a major part of game play that any game using flop cards can be classified as a “flop game.”

Remember that all of the cards are shared. Use is non-exclusive, in other words. If a player wants to use a certain card among the shared ones, there is nothing to stop you from using that same card, as well. If community cards were displayed to all but used exclusively by individual players, game play would be impossible because you would simply run out of community cards. So there is no need to be anxious about somebody else “taking” a card away from you.

The presence of flop cards can be a double-edged sword. It will be easier for you to guess what cards your fellow players have at their disposal. Then again, the same can be said about you.

By itself, the word “flop” refers to the combination of cards laid out for common usage. Players can think about good flops and bad flops, for instance. Of course, a good flop is one that provides cards that can be advantageously combined with a player’s hole cards.


Some Specifics: Texas vs. Omaha

In Omaha Hold ‘Em, which is one of the most popular poker variations, five flop cards are dealt. All players are required to use three of them, in addition to two of the four “hole cards” (personal, hidden cards) they have been given. Therefore, we can say that even though all the flop cards can be seen by everybody at the table, the secrecy of your hand still has a great deal of protection, because it is up to you which flop cards you want to use.

In Texas Hold ‘Em, the rules concerning hole and community cards are different. As with Omaha Hold ‘Em, you have five community cards. However, the difference is that you only get two hole cards, as opposed to the four in Omaha Hold ‘Em. This might seem rather restrictive. However, you are allowed to use any combination of the flop and hole cards in order to compose your hand. This is one of the reasons why Texas Hold ‘Em is such a popular game.

Some Advice

Remember that when you choose which cards to use, the point is to make the best possible five-card poker hand. This might mean ignoring some rather high-value cards if they cannot form a good hand with the other cards available. This implies the following: do not assume that all the players at the table will jump on a high card. If there is a King among the flop cards, for instance, a player might choose to ignore it if he or she can form a straight flush with cards of value 3 to 7 of the same suit.

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