Poker Basics

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“Shuffle up and deal.” Chances are, if you are in a casino, you will hear that at a poker table. Poker has become one of the most popular games in any casino. However, there are many forms of poker to choose from. There is traditional poker, which features players playing against each other, with the house taking out a percentage. This is the version played on TV. Within this, there are many different games.

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There is also casino poker, where the player takes on the house. This includes games like Caribbean stud, Three Card Poker and Pai Gow poker.

The more popular form of poker is played at a table against other players. There are many forms of poker – five card draw, seven-card stud, Omaha, Razz, etc. The most popular is Texas Hold ‘Em, and it is the game most often featured on television.

In Texas Hold ‘Em, players are dealt two hole cards face down that only the player can see. Then there is a round of betting. Then three “community” cards are dealt face up. This is called the flop, and it is followed by another round of betting. After that comes another community card, called the turn, and another round of betting. Finally, the last community card is dealt, and it is called the river. After one last round of betting, a winner is revealed.

The rank of winning hands in any form of poker is as follows: 1) Royal Flush (five consecutive suited cards, A-K-Q-J-10); 2) Straight Flush (five consecutive suited cards); 3) Four of a kind; 4) Full house (three of a kind and two of a kind); 5) Flush (five cards of the same suit); 6) Straight (five consecutive non-suited cards); 7) Three of a kind; 8) Two pair; 9) One pair; 10) Highest card.

Poker is extremely popular in casinos and on Web sites, and many people play home games as well. Unlike many casino games, it is a game of skill combined with a small amount of luck.

By taking some time to learn the basics, you can become a successful poker player.

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