Poker is a significant part of today’s culture. It inspired many songwriters and screenwriters to create some of the most memorable poker-themed pieces (remember Lady Gaga’s Poker Face or 2006 Casino Royale with Daniel Craig?). So, it’s more than a game; it’s a skill, or even more – it is a lifestyle. In addition, poker has so many variants any gambling enthusiast should try. These are our top four.
At first glance, a Seven-Card Stud may appear challenging to master, but the reality is quite the opposite. It is a pretty straightforward game even a beginner can cope with easily. \
Seven-Card Stud begins with each player getting three cards, one dealt face up and the other two face down. In addition, each player has to place a bet to build a pot.
Then, those who decide to continue playing receive three more cards, all dealt face up. It is essential to know that each card is followed by a betting round.
Finally, to complete a hand, each player pulls a seventh card face down. Now, with seven cards at their disposal, a player should make the best possible five-card combination.
Also, there’s no such thing as community cards in the Seven-card stud, so you are ‘limited’ to seven cards you’ve received. Consequently, the winner is the player with the strongest five-card poker hand.
Many experienced players opt for Omaha due to its resemblance to Texas Hold’em. Omaha is also a community poker game. However, each player gets four face-down cards, and they are allowed to use two of those plus three community cards.
The goal is to make the best possible five-card combination in order to win a game.
However, as the name suggests, Omaha is a ‘limit game.’ It means you can only bet on the pot. So, if the pot is, let’s say, $50, you can only bet a max of $50. But, it gets pretty interesting because the next pot can be worth $100, and the next player can only bet that amount. So, as you can see, the winner can take a considerable amount at the end of the game.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is our pleasure to welcome the star of the show – Texas Hold ’em (standing ovations)! Yes, it would be just like this if Texas Hold ’em was a rockstar. The game is so popular that playing online is as popular as playing live, and today you can easily find many online casinos where you can play Hold ’em poker.
The main paradox around Texas Hold ’em is that it is a straightforward game. You can learn the rules in a couple of minutes, but to be a skilled player, well, as Mike Sexton once said – “it takes a lifetime to master.”
How to Play Texas Hold ’em
The rules say the table can comprise anywhere between two and ten players. Once the players have positioned themselves around the table, the two players on the dealer’s left must place initial bets called blind – small and big.
Then, each player gets two hole cards, and the first betting round begins. Players can either call – bet the same amount as blinds, raise – bet the higher amount, or fold – back out of the game.
The game continues if at least two players are still in the game. Then, the dealer distributes three community cards, and the new betting round begins. Next, the fourth card is dealt; we call it the turn. Finally, the fifth card dealt is called the river.
Now with five community cards, players that are still active must show their two cards. It’s time for each player to make the best five-card combination out of seven available cards – two face-down and five community cards.
The winner is the player with the strongest five-card hand. Still, bluffing is an essential part of poker, so sometimes, the winner is the player who made other players fold their hands. That’s not all because there’s a third possibility – if two players have the best hand, they split the pot.
Regardless of the variant, poker is the game of luck, knowledge, experience, strategy, and bluffing. When playing a five-card draw, rely on strategy, a bit of luck, and your bluffing skills.
Each player gets five cards. Then, the first round of betting takes place. After that, each player can exchange up to three cards and wait for the next betting round to begin. Finally, the winner (a player with the best five-card hand) takes it all.
As you can see, it’s not rocket science, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy to master. Most experienced players spend years learning how to ‘read’ opponents because it is a proven method for winning the game.
The great thing about poker variants is they are all pretty much the same. However, as we have said earlier, don’t let the ease of rules fool you. Remember, theory and practice often differ.