Texas Hold 'Em is a seven card poker game with simple rules that a beginner can easily learn and begin to play immediately. In spite of the simplicity, it is a fast and complex game that takes skill and practice to master. No wonder it has become one of the most popular forms of poker played today.
Texas Hold 'Em uses a disc called a dealer button to indicate where the cards are to be dealt. Prior to the deal, the two players to the left of the button place live bets called the small and large blinds. It's called blind because it's made prior to seeing any cards. It's called live because it counts as part of any further bets in the first betting round.
The play begins with two cards dealt face-down to each player. Action starts with a betting round beginning with the player to the left of the blind bets and continuing clockwise around the table. Players may bet, check, raise, or fold in turn. The large blind has the privilege of last action and may check or raise the bet.
Three community cards are then dealt face up in the center of the table and another betting round takes place beginning with the player to the left of the dealer button. Another card is dealt face up followed by a round of betting. The fifth and last card is dealt face up and a final round of betting takes place.
Players remaining in the hand will then show their cards and the winning poker hand will be awarded the pot. Any combination of hole cards and community cards may be used to make the best five-card poker hand.
All players in the game are dealt with three cards that face down. These are called pocket cards. In the first betting round, the dealer will turn over three community cards (called the flop) face up in the middle of the table. During the second round of betting, all players must discard one of their pocket cards. The dealer then proceeds to turn over one more community card (called the turn). The third betting round will involve the dealer to turn over the final community card (called the river). During the final betting round, the showdown takes place.
Omaha and Omaha HiLo
Omaha is a form of Hold 'Em that brings a few variables to the table. First you'll receive four cards face down prior to the flop and you must use two cards from your hand combined with three cards from the board to form your best five-card poker hand. Throw in the 8 or better hi/lo variable and you've got a challenge for poker players at all levels.
Omaha is a nine-card poker game that uses a dealer button and blinds as in Texas Hold 'Em. The play begins with four cards dealt face down to each player. Action starts with the first player to the left of the blinds beginning the betting. Players may bet, check, raise, or fold in turn.
Community cards are then dealt face up in the center of the table in the same manner as in Texas Hold 'Em with betting after each round.
After the final betting round, the players remaining in the hand will then show all their cards. To qualify for a winning low hand, a player must have five cards of 8 or lower with no pair using two from their hand and three from the board. Straights or flushes may be used for the low hand if all the cards are 8 or below.
If there is a qualifying low hand, it splits the pot with the winning high hand. Other wise, the high hand takes the entire pot.
Remember, you must use two cards from your hand and three from the board to make the best five-card poker hand.
Seven-Card Stud is easy for beginners to learn, yet challenging enough to hold the interest of seasoned players. In Seven-Card Stud, each player receives two cards face down and one card face up. The player with the low card opens the betting. Each player in turn must call, raise, or fold. On all subsequent rounds, the player with the best hand open the betting.
Each player is then dealt 3 cards face up with a betting round following each card.
The last card dealt to each remaining player is face down with the final betting round following.
Players remaining in the hand will then show their hands and the winning poker hand will be awarded the pot. Suits are not used in determining the winning hand, and tied hands will split the pot.
Five Card Stud (Sökö)
All players place a small wager known as an 'ante'. The dealer then deals each player two cards, one dealt face down, known as the 'hole' card and the other face up.
The player with the lowest ranking up-card must place the opening bet.
Each player to the left of the player making the opening bet must in turn either call the opening bet, raise it or fold.
When this round is complete each player is then dealt another card face up followed by a round of betting. This continues until all players have five cards, one face down and four face up or until only one player remains.
From the third card onwards, the betting is started by the highest poker hand showing.
All players have five cards in their hand, one down and four up.
If there is a showdown, players show all five cards. The winning hand is the highest ranking five card poker hand.
There is difference with the regular poker combinations ranking, after 1 pair there is 4 card straight and 4 card flush, the regular poker hand ranking continues after those 2.