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The Poker Rules of the Various Games

Jul 7, 2008
Each of the variants of poker has its own set of rules. In order to play well, you need to be very knowledgeable in poker rules as well as the jargon associated with the game. Since the two most popular poker games are Texas Hold'Em and Omaha, these are the games for which you should really learn the rules of the game.

Texas Hold'Em Rules

All games begin with a betting hand. Each player has to ante (or post a blind), which means they each have to place money in the pot before receiving any cards. Then players receive two cards each ace down so that the other players don't see what the others have. In casinos, the dealer is not one of the players, but in casual games players take turns being the dealer. The players look at the cards and the first round of betting begins. Players who feel they do not have a good combination of cards at this point will fold. As their turn comes, players can bet, call a player who has made a bet or raise the bet to a higher level.

After this first round of betting, the dealer discards the first card on the deck just in case someone accidentally saw the card and made a bet knowing what card would come next. The dealer then lays three cards face up in the middle of the table. This is called the flop. Then players bet on the combination of these cards and the ones they hold in their hands. Players can choose not to bet, but to stand on their current bet. This is called checking. Players can fold, call, raise or make a further bet in their turn.

The dealer discards another card and then lays a fourth card face up on the table. This is called the turn. Then a third round of betting begins. Then, the dealer adds a fifth card, called the river, in the same manner. This is the final round of betting in which players can use the combination of what they hold in their hands and the five cards on the table to make a winning hand. The players reveal their hands and the one with the best combination wins the pot.

Omaha Rules

Omaha is very similar to Texas Hold'Em except that instead of dealing to each player at the beginning, the dealer gives each one four cards. A player cannot use all of the cards dealt to the community, or the middle of the table. He/She must use two from their hand and three from the five on the table.

There are several variations of this poker game, such as high/low split. In high/low split, a player makes a separate five-card high combination using two of the cards in his/her hand and another five-card low combination from the other two cards. The low combination must be cards eight or lower. The pot is then split between the high and low hands, which must be the same player.
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