Poker – The Smarter You Play, the Luckier You Get

There are different versions of pokeravailable, few are well-known and played all over the world. The more popular ones are played and offered on poker online sites. These games are generally played in land-based casinos and poker rooms.

Common poker terms to further your vocabulary

Before you dive into playing poker, there are a few terms every player, including a prospective player, needs to know:

  1. Ante – You must gamble the minimum amount to get into action.
  2. Blinds – Money is generally in the form ofchips, and is put on the table before the cards are dealt. There are typically two blinds called the “small” and the “big” that ensure money is being wagered with each hand. Blinds rotate from player to player with each new deal.
  3. Call – When a new wager has been placed, a “call” indicates that player’s willingness to match the raised amount.
  4. Rise – The player wishes to increase the table bet.

At “friendly” tables, the dealer often has the choice of deciding the type of game. These are some popular versions of poker that you may encounter at your weekly dealer’s choice poker game.

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When someone asks if you play poker, they generally mean Texas Hold ‘Em. This game has become increasingly popular over the past decades.  Texas Hold ‘Em is the most played version!

Texas Hold ‘Em

This game played in the World Series of Pokeris the most popular poker game. In this game, players are dealt two “pocket” or “hole cards” then wait for 5 community cards to be revealed.

Betting takes place in four rounds:

  • Once when the hole cards are dealt
  • Once when the first three community cards are revealed, referred to “the flop”
  • Once when the fourth community card is revealed, “the turn”
  • Lastly, when the fifth community card is flipped, “the river”

Players must make their best hands with any combination of 5 cards; meaning the hole cards and the communal.

Popular poker games

The main types being stud, draw, and community card games.

In “stud,” players are dealt a number of cards typically 5 or 7, and must use those original cards to make their best hand.

In “draw” games, the players may decide to trade in some of their cards, generally up to 3, in an effort to improve their hand.

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In “community card” game, the players are dealt “hole cards” face down with cards that are uniquely theirs,and then play off the community cards to make their best hand.

Omaha

This is another type of Hold ‘Em that can be played by 2-10 players at a time. There are 4 rounds of betting, each player is dealt 4 hole cards, and the 5 community cards are immediately revealed. Players must make their 5-card hands from two of their hole cards and three of the common.

7-Card Stud

Before the popularity of Texas Hold ‘Em spread, 7-Card Stud used to be the most widely played version of poker. In this game, each player is dealt 7 cards, three down, and four up. Players must make best possible 5-card hand from their 7.

5-Card Draw

This is less strategy oriented than other poker games, and it has simple rules. Probably, this is the first type of poker that people learn how to play. It’s a popular game to play at home, and is listed in poker online sites too! Each player is dealt 5 cards, but on the initial go-around, the player may choose to trade in up to 3 of them.

High / Low Chicago

This stud game is played for the highest hand or the lowest! In High Chicago, the player with the highest spade facedown wins half the pot. In Low Chicago, the player with the lowest spade facedown wins half the pot.  The other half pot is won by the player with the best hand. If someone has the best hand and winning spade depending high or low version, that player will win the entire pot.

The best part of poker is there’s no downside

The poker games are played in the traditional way around a table, challenging your opponents for money. In casinos, you’ll notice the traditional varieties being played, like Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha. Stud games are usually played at some larger casinos!

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