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Texas Hold'em

texas-holdemTexas Hold'em is played with a standard deck of 52 cards and up to 10 players may participate in the game. Players must buy-in according the table minimum, and before any cards are dealt, the two players sitting to the immediate left of the dealer must place live bets called big and small blinds.

They count as part of any additional bets in the first betting round and are called 'blinds' because they are made prior to seeing any cards. The dealer position is indicated by the 'button', which is passed to the left at the end of each game.

At the beginning of the game, each player receives 2 cards face down known as 'hole' cards. The betting round begins with the player situated to the left of the big blind and rotates clockwise around the table. Players can bet, check, raise or fold in turn. The big blind has the advantage of making the last move and can check or raise the bet.

Following the first betting round, three community cards called the 'flop' are dealt face up in the center of the table. An additional betting round begins with the player to the left of the dealer until all players have finished making their bets. Once the round has been completed, the fourth card, called the 'turn', is dealt face up. This is followed by another round of betting until all bets are completed.

The final card, known as the 'river', is then dealt face up and the final round of betting follows. The last person to make a bet or to raise is the first to reveal their cards. The winner is the player with the highest hand ranking, which is determined by the best 5-card combination made between the two hole cards and the community cards.

The Betting

Betting begins with the player located to the left of the big blind and moves clockwise around the table. In each round, one bet must be made with the possibility of raising three times.

Texas Hold'em is by far the most popular poker variation.  The best online poker rooms are going to offer many other poker games to choose from.

Omaha Holdem

omaha-holdem-pokerThe rules of Omaha are very similar to those of Texas Hold'em, with two exceptions. For one, after the big and small blinds are posted, each player receives 4 hole cards instead of two.

Secondly, to determine hand ranking, a player must use two of their four hole cards and three of the five community cards.

A variation called 'Omaha Hi-low Split', is played in a similar way to Omaha Hold'em with one unique difference. After the final betting round, the pot is split between the players with the highest and lowest hand rankings. The low hand winner must have no higher than an 8-down, which means that if such a hand does not occur in the game, the hi card winner takes the whole pot.

The Betting

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There are 4 betting rounds, just like in Texas Hold'em. Every round consists of standard betting, which may then be followed by 2 possible raises and a call.

7 Card Stud

7-card-studThere can only be up to 8 players at the table in 7 Card Stud Poker. All players must put in their ante before the cards are dealt, which is an amount proportionate to the table limits; the lower the limit, the lower the ante.

To begin, 2 cards are dealt face down and 1 face up in a clockwise direction starting with the player to the immediate left of the dealer. A betting round follows, beginning with the person holding the lowest open card, and then another card is dealt face up.

Cards continue to be dealt face up after each betting round until the seventh card, which is dealt face down. A final betting round ensues and the winner is the player with the highest hand ranking. Player hands are determined by combining the best five cards from the seven.

The game has three variations: 7 Card Stud High, 7 Card Stud Low, and 7 Card Stud High-Low Split.

The Betting

The game has betting limits, with the lowest usually between 2$ to 4$, and the highest between 8$-16$, or 10$-20$. These betting limits inform the player about the character of the game and the size of the bankroll needed before beginning to play.

Once the initial 3 cards are dealt, the player with the lowest card will start the first betting round with a bet equal to half the lower limit. If this player doesn't make the bet, it passes on to the player on the left. The next player located clockwise in relation to the opener can call the bet, raise it by betting the low limit, or fold.

The dealer delivers the players another 3 face up cards and betting rounds take place after each card is dealt. Unlike in the first betting round, the following rounds designate the opener as the one with the highest hand.

Once the final card is dealt face down, the last round of betting occurs with the possibility of betting the higher limit.

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