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Rules of Poker

Rules of Poker:

Texas Holdem:
Texas Holdem is today’s most popular form of poker. It was introduced during the 1970’s and since than has quickly grown to be extremely popular, and the game of choice for most avid players. There are three variations of play in Texas Holdem.

No Limit Texas Holdem: No limit is easily the most popular type of holdem. In no limit, a player may wager all of his or her poker chips at any time by declaring “all in”. No limit makes for an exciting game but remember, one wrong move and your whole bank roll can be lost.

Pot Limit Texas Holdem:
Pot limit is played in the same manner as no limit except that a player may only wager the amount that has already been bet, which is the amount that is already in the pot.

Limit Texas Holdem: Like pot limit, limit holdem is also played the same way as no limit except there are predetermined betting increments. Commonly the betting structure looks similar to $2/$4, $3/$6, $5/$10 and so on. A player may bet the small bet before the flop and on the flop. During the last two betting rounds, a player may bet in the large bet increments.

The hand begins with the two players left of the dealer button posting two forced bets known as the “blinds” The player directly to the left of the dealer is the “small blind” and the player two positions left of the dealer is known as the “big blind”. Once the blinds are posted, the dealer will begin to deal two down playing cards to each player starting with the small blind. Once all cards are dealt, the play will begin the player seated to the left of the big blind. This player has the option to call the amount of the big blind, raise the hand, or fold. Once all players have acted accordingly, the dealer will discard one card, and place three community cards face up on the board. This is known ad dealing the flop. Each player still in the hand can use community cards to make their best five card poker hand. After the flop is dealt, play begins with the small blind. He or she has the option to “check” passing play to the next player, or raise the pot. After all players have again acted accordingly, the dealer discards another card, and deals a fourth community card known as the “turn”. Another round of betting occurs, and than the dealer discards a final card and deals a final card known as the “river” or “fifth street”. After all players have acted, if there is a showdown between two or more players, they will turn their two down cards up to the dealer. The best five card combination will be used to make a players hand. The player with the best hand made from their two down cards, and the five community playing cards will win the hand.

Omaha is another variation of poker that has recently become very popular, usually among more advanced players. There are normally two types of Omaha.

Limit Omaha: (there is a specific betting limit applied in each game and on each round of betting, similar to limit holdem)

Pot Limit Omaha: (A player can bet the amount of chips that is already in the pot).
Omaha is exactly like Texas Holdem in almost every way that it is played except for one exception. In an Omaha game, each player is dealt four down cards instead of two like in Holdem. A player can only use two of his four down cards to make their best poker hand. Everything else such as the betting and the flow of the game is the same as Texas Holdem.

7-Card Stud
Each player contributes a set ante amount to the pot before play begins. The dealer begins to deal cards to the left of him. Two cards are dealt to each player and are placed face down. These two cards are known as the hole cards. The next card is dealt face up to each player and at this time the players may look at their two down cards. The betting starts with the player showing the highest value card that is face up. After the first round of betting is complete, each player that is still in the game is dealt another card face up. Another round of betting begins with the player showing the best hand that is face up. This continues until each player that is still in the hand has six cards, two face down and four cards face up. During the final round, the players are dealt their seventh card face down, and then subsequently begin the final round of betting. After all the betting is finished, the player with the best five card hand from the seven cards that are dealt will be the winner. In a stud game, players must pay close attention to the cards that other players have discarded or are showing face up in order to properly calculate which cards are still available to draw to, thus good focus and sharp memory are important attributes to have in a stud game.

Normally under regular circumstances, there is a maximum of four bets allowed per betting round (one bet and three raises). When four bets occur, this is known as “tapping” or making the maximum four bets. After betting is complete the hand will move to the next round of “street”. Folding is the only option that a player may make at any time. Once a player has folded, he or she is out of the hand and has no right to the pot even if they would have made a winning hand after the show down occurs.

5-card draw
Each player contributes a set ante to the pot before the dealer begins to deal the cards. Once each player has contributed their ante, the dealer will begin to deal cards to the left. Five cards are dealt to each player face down. Betting begins in a clockwise sequence with the player to the direct left of the dealer. Players may place an opening bet or check. A check defers action to the next player. Once betting has begun, players must either call the current bet, or make a raise in order to stay in the game. If a player does not wish to call the current bet amount, he or she may chose to fold his or her hand. After the first round of betting, a player may choose to stand with his current hand “pat” or choose to discard up to four of his cards and draw up to four new cards. Once every player has discarded and received his new cards a second round of betting begins with the opening player. If a bet is not called, the better may “muck” his cards without showing his or her hand and collect the pot. If the bet is called, a showdown occurs and the best hand will win the pot.

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