Poker Guide and Poker Tips

Learning to play poker and video poker isn’t difficult, especially when you have the correct poker guide to lead you on your path to poker success, or in our case – online poker success. Our website, for example, contains information regarding the most popular poker variations, as well as rules and all the other things a poker beginner should know before experiencing the reality of online poker and playing for money rather than for fun

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Texas Hold’em Guide

This poker variation, also known as simply “Hold’em,” has become one of the most popular poker games in the world over the last few years. The players get 2 hole cards – personal, face down cards, and 5 communal cards – open cards that belong to all players around the table. Each player has to make his best poker hand of 5 cards out of any combination of the 7 cards mentioned above. The best hand, as in most poker games, wins the entire pot. Another way to win the pot is by bluffing so that other players fold instead of staying in for the showdown.

Hold’em consists of 4 betting rounds. Limit Hold’em rounds contains a single bet and 3 raises. Players who aren’t “all-in” have to call until the end of the round in order to stay in the game.

The game course is as follows:

Before the cards are dealt, the first 2 players to the left of the dealer put in the small and big blinds. The blind bets’ size is determined by the game limits.

The two hole cards are dealt, the 3rd player on the left of the dealer bets first and the round continues clockwise. The players bet, call, raise, or fold.

Three community cards, “the flop”, are dealt face-up, and after which the second round of betting takes place. The player sitting left of the dealer acts first. This round is also called “3rd street”.

A 4th community card, “the turn”, is dealt face-up for the “4th street”, followed by the third round of betting.

The 5th and last community card, “the river”, is dealt for the “5th street”, for the final betting round.

The Showdown takes place, and the best hand left wins the entire pot.

 

Seven Card Stud Guide

The players are dealt 7 cards, 3 face down and 4 face up. The best poker hand at casinos, consisting of 5 out of the total 7 cards available, wins the game – and the pot. The game consists of 5 betting rounds, and in limit games, there can only be a single bet and 3 raises per betting round.

The game course is as follows:

Everyone puts a predetermined sum of money, called the “ante,” into the pot before dealing the cards. The ante, as well as the betting limits and bring-ins are determined by the game’s limit.

Every player gets three cards, two of which are face down, the third facing up. The upcard is called the “door” card.

The lowest door card is the first to place a “bring in” bet. When the two lowest doors are of the same value, clubs is the lowest suit, then diamonds, then hearts, and spades are the highest suit. The first betting round takes place.

The 2nd betting round takes place after another upcard is dealt. From here on, the highest showing hand (consisting of upcards) begins the round by betting or checking. If a pair is showing in this round, the player may choose to double bet, rather than single bet. If a player places a double bet, his raise will only be of an equal amount.

Another face up card is dealt, called Fifth Street, followed by the third betting round. The betting amount is doubled and from now on, all bets remain in the double values.

The sixth street card is dealt face-up, and the fourth round of betting begins.

The last card, called the “River,” is dealt, face-up. The final betting round begins.

Once the betting round ends, the strongest poker hand wins the entire pot. Really interesting poker game.

 

Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Guide

This stud game is a variation of Seven Card Stud, only with a split-pot – meaning that both the highest and the lowest best hands win, and get half the pot each. The highest hand, on some occasions, can win the entire pot, when no hand qualifies as the best low hand.

The game is played exactly the same as the ordinary Seven Card Stud, with the single difference of pot splitting when there is a qualifying low hand. Qualifying for the low hand requires having a hand of five cards between Ace and eight. The hand with the lowest high card is considered the lowest hand. The best low hand, A-2-3-4-5, is called the ‘bicycle’ or the ‘wheel.’ When two or more players have a low hand with the lowest high card, the winner is determined by the second lowest high card, and so on. For example  2, 3, 4, 6, 8 is better for a ‘low’ hand than A, 2, 4, 7, 8.

A few important factors to remember when playing Seven Card Stud free are:

On ‘low’ hands, straights and flushes will not count against a player.

The ‘high’ and ‘low’ hands can include different cards.

In the event of a split pot, the chip that has been left over will go to the high hand.

If a player wins both for the high hand and the low hand, he ‘scoops’ the pot.

 

Omaha High

In Omaha, players share five community cards that are dealt face-up in the center of the table. Players begin with four ‘down’ cards. When playing Omaha a player needs to use two of their four down cards along with three community cards to form a hand. When the betting rounds are over, the player with the best hand is the pot winner.

A game of Omaha consists of four betting rounds. In a limit Omaha High game, one bet and three raises are permitted in a betting round. In order to continue play, players need to call all action to them on every betting round, unless they are “all-in”. The following describes the Omaha procedure.

Before cards are dealt, the two players to the left of the dealer must place blinds. The two blinds are called the small blind and the big blind, and these two wagers go into the pot.

All players are dealt four down cards. The player immediately left of the big blind will begin an action by folding, calling the big blind, or raising. The game will then continue, moving clockwise from player to player.

Three cards, which are referred to as community cards, are dealt face-up. This stage is known as “The Flop.” After the flop, there is the second stage of betting. Action in the stage will begin, and remain this way throughout all other rounds, with the player immediately to the left of the dealer.

The fourth card is dealt face-up and is referred to as “The Turn” or “Fourth Street.” This is followed by the fourth betting stage, where bet size doubles in limit games.

Before the final betting stage, a final card is dealt face-up, and referred to as “The River”, or “Fifth Street”.

When all betting is finished, the player who holds the best hand is the winner of the pot.

 

Omaha Hi/Lo

This is another version of Omaha, which can be referred to as a “split pot” game. The player with the best high hand will win half of the pot, while the lowest hand will win the other half of the pot. The exception to this is games in which no one has a qualifying hand. If no one has a qualifying hand, then the top hand wins the whole pot. In order for a hand to qualify, it needs to be a five-card hand with differing numerical values between ace and eight. The best low hand for any player is A, 2, 3, 4, 5 which can be referred to as a ‘wheel’ or ‘bicycle’.

A winning low hand is awarded to a player who has the lowest high card. When two, or more players hold the same high card, the one with the second lowest high card in his hand will win the pot. Important factors to remember when playing Omaha Hi/Lo are:

On ‘low’ hands, straights and flushes will not count against a player.

The ‘high’ and ‘low’ hands can include different cards.

In the event of a split pot, the chip that has been left over will go to the high hand.

If a player wins both for the high hand and the low hand, he ‘scoops’ the pot.

Ties: In case two or more players “tie” for one side of the pot, they will split that half into equally divided portions. If there is an odd chip, it will go to the person closest to the left of the “button”.

Key to Remember: To determine your hands in Omaha 8 or Better, players MUST play two of your their 4 “down” cards with three of the community cards.