Stormy Weather Poker is a draw poker game that uses three community cards. It is one of the more complex draw poker games, and is suitable for 3-8 players.
Before the deal, each player antes up, or puts a small equal sum of money in the pot. Then the dealer gives each player four cards face down. He also places three cards face down in the center of the board. Those are community cards. Each player examines the cards they have been dealt, and the first round of betting begins. The player to the left of the dealer begins the betting round and the action moves clockwise around the table.
When a player’s turn to bet comes up, they have three main choices. They can call the current bet (called checking if no more funds are required to meet the current bet), they can raise the bet, or they can fold. If a player folds, they are out of the game. Once all the players have either met the current betting level or folded, the draw begins.
In the draw phase, each player returns as many cards as they choose to the dealer, and get an equal number of cards back. Players may choose not to return any cards to the dealer. After all the players have had an opportunity to draw, there is another round of betting.
After this round of betting, the first community card is turned over. This is followed by another round of betting. Then the second community card is turned face up. After another round of betting, the third community card is turned face up. There is one more round of betting, and then the showdown. In the showdown, each player shows their cards. The hands are made up of the four cards in the player’s hand and one of the community cards. The best poker hand wins the pot.