If you ask someone who’s never opened a pack of cards in their life to name a card game, it would probably be poker. Little wonder, considering poker has been around since the early 1800’s, in one guise or another.
Today, with the advent of gambling on the internet, poker and its derivatives can be played from the comfort of your armchair. What though, are the most popular forms of poker played by the rank amateur, to the professional gambler?
Texas Hold’Em Poker
Wherever one looks, Hold’Em comes out on top for being one of the most popular poker games anywhere. Its popularity has seen a massive surge, since its introduction as a game on a well known social media site some years ago.
In Texas Hold’Em, two cards face down are dealt to each player, and the first round of betting takes place. A further three (community) cards are dealt face up, and another round of betting ensues. After all bets are laid, a fourth community card, and finally a fifth and final card, are laid out. Betting continues after each card is laid, and continues until all players have raised, checked, or folded.
Another popular poker game, many poker instructors believe learning the intricacies of Omaha, will provide good ground work for those who wish to get serious about Texas Hold’Em. Similar to Hold’Em in its game play; in Omaha each player, up to ten per table, are dealt four pocket cards, and the five community (face up) cards, laid down immediately.
The player has to make his best hand from two of his pocket cards; plus three of the five community cards. The betting is structured similarly to Hold’Em, starting with the blind round and proceeding from there, choosing whether to check, raise or fold.
With four cards dealt per player, the chances of flushes, runs, straights, or full houses coming up, is much higher. Consequently aggressive play is not a good idea, and bluffing should be minimal. However, the need for caution and patience, should stand the prospective Hold’Em player in good stead.
With 7-Card Stud, each player is dealt seven cards, three face down and four face up. Of the seven cards, each player has to form their best hand from five.
Considered to be the original game of poker, each player is dealt five cards. Once all cards are dealt, and blind betting completed, a player can trade in a maximum of three cards for three others, in an attempt to improve their hand.
The rules of all variants of poker, and there are many, are easy to learn. The skill comes, not from knowing the rules. But, if you want to make money, in the words of a very famous country song, ‘You gotta know when to hold’em, and know when to fold ‘em.’