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Poker Rules and Strategies

Draw Poker
Draw Poker is the basic form of Poker and the place to start when introducing new players to the game. It's fairly uncommon these days in the casinos, but it is the form from which all other Poker games are derived.

The essence of Draw Poker is that the player builds a hand from 5 cards. After the initial round of betting the player may discard some or all of their cards and receive replacements. The players cards should never be revealed until the final Showdown, and are only then if absolutely necessary (more on that later). During the game, all cards are dealt and discarded face down.

There are two main things to learn when it comes to Draw Poker. The first is Poker's 5-card hands and their ranking. The second is the course of play including when and how to bet.

Poker Hands

A poker hand is made from the best arrangement of five cards and are ranked as follows, highest first:

  • Royal Flush: A-K-Q-J-10, all same suit
  • Straight Flush: any five consecutive cards, all same suit
  • Four-of-a-Kind: four cards, same value (eg. four 7's)
  • Full House: Three-of-a-Kind and a Pair
  • Flush: any five cards of the same suit
  • Straight: any five consecutive cards
  • Three-of-a-Kind: three cards, same value
  • Two Pair
  • Pair
  • No Pair: five dissimilar cards, mixed suit

There are no wild cards in Draw Poker. All suits are ranked equally.

The Course of Play

A round of Poker begins with determining the Dealer. The Deal usually rotates around the table from the right: if you've just dealt then the person on your left deals next.

The Ante

Once assigned, the Dealer receives the deck and shuffles. Each player pays the "ante" which is a small, flat fee you pay to purchase the right to play that round. If you don't ante it means you are "sitting out". These monies and all others in the game go into the center of the table in a pile called "the pot". Once the antes are in, the Dealer deals one card at a time, face down, to each player around the table, beginning on the Dealer's left. Then the second card is dealt to each player, and so on until each player has 5 cards, all face down.

Pass, Bet or Fold

Players pick up their cards and assess their hand. The player to the Dealer's left opens the betting round by either placing a Bet, indicating a Pass by placing no bet, or Folding by discarding their hand.

Call and Raise

The next player to the left now has the opportunity to Bet. Or they can Fold. If the previous players Passed then they can Pass too or place a Bet of their own. If other players have Bet and they wish to stay in the round they must Call by matching any outstanding bets. They can then Raise by placing a bet of their own.

The betting then moves to the next player on the left, then the next, and so on back to and including the Dealer.

Once the Dealer has placed their bet, the other players must Call any outstanding bets or Fold. Generally speaking, no Raises are permitted once the betting has passed around to the Dealer.

Discarding

Players may now Discard any or all of their cards based on their hopes of building a better hand. Cards are discarded face down and collected by the Dealer.

Replacements

The Dealer now deals each player, starting on the left, their replacement cards, face down.

As before the Player on the Dealer's left begins the betting and the betting proceeds around the table.

Again, the Dealer gets the final Raise. Then everyone else must Call or Fold. Finally, the remaining players are ready for the Showdown.

If at any time there is only one player left in the game they take the pot. This player is encouraged to keep their cards hidden and muck them to the Dealer.

Showdown

After the final betting round, and all the necessary Calls, the players still in the game have reached the Showdown. The player's hands are revealed. The best hand wins and the winner takes the pot.

If there are tied winning hands then the rank of the individual cards determines the winner. For instance Full House of Aces over Jacks beats a Full House of Kings over Jacks. If it's still a tie and there are no kickers (spare cards not used to build the final hand) then the pot is split.

If the rank of the individual cards doesn't determine the winner, then the kicker(s) of higher rank determines the winner. If it's still a tie, the pot is split.

If there are no "name" hands (all players have No Pair), then the highest ranking single card is declared the winning hand. If it comes to a dead tie (no clear winner, all cards same rank) then the pot is split.

Suit is never used to determine a winner in Poker.

Omaha Hi
Omaha Hi is a version of Texas Hold'Em where players are dealt four hole cards instead of two. But there's a catch: two and only two of the hole cards can be used in making the final hand. Omaha Hi is also known as Omaha Hold'Em or simply Omaha.

The four hole cards make Omaha a nine-card game and having more cards to choose from means players will typically finish with stronger hands. Poker players being the people that they often are, the possibility of higher hands typically means that players stay in longer and the pots will grow accordingly.

In practice, Hold'Em players will find that the focus in Omaha Hi tends more towards playing the cards than playing the other players.

Basic Rules

For the basics of Omaha, see Texas Hold'Em rules below. The only variations are:

  • the player is dealt four hole cards.
  • the player makes their final hand from two of the four hole cards and three of the five community cards.

Strategy

Since the name of the game in Omaha is to assemble the killer hand, it essentially becomes a drawing game. You take the possibilities you're dealt with the hole cards, determine what you can make out of it, watch the community cards as they fall with a careful eye on what they're doing to your chances and bail if it becomes clear that things are going sour. You can burn off a lot of chips hanging around to see if things improve.

The strategy guidelines for Omaha run into the dozens because of the number of cards in play and the two-from-four rule. To make a long story short, it's generally advised that you stay in if your hole cards integrate well --that is, they form the beginnings of several good hands-- and muck them if they don't.

Rookie Omaha players are often suckered in by a solid pack of hole cards or a strong string of community cards. Remember, Four to a Flush in the hole is useless because you only get to keep two of them. Ditto with the community cards. There is no point to betting on cards you can't keep so remember: two hole cards, three community cards, no exceptions, period.

Watch out for busted hands in the initial deal: two cards might start a Straight and the others a Flush, but there's no crossover in that you can't recombine the cards to form yet another hand, like a Straight Flush for instance. To avoid chasing rainbows, muck pairs of orphans unless they're top-nut beginnings.

Beware of "second nut" hands, those where even if you got what you needed it still wouldn't be a boss hand. Many an Omaha player has gone home with empty pockets and the haunting feeling that they should've learned something from the experience. Second nut is second place --if you're lucky-- and you should play accordingly.

Finally, don't stay in hoping things will get better. If the flop goes against you, muck out because if those three cards haven't helped you the chances are that nothing else will. The smart money says keep your chips for the next hand.

Texas Hold'Em
Texas Hold'Em is the darling of pro Poker players, spectators, and the media. It's an aggressive, flashy, intense and unpredictable game that gets the dollars on the table and changing hands like no other contemporary form of Poker. All that and it looks deceptively simple to play. The old hard-nut players may prefer 7-Card Stud, but everyone else is in love with Hold'Em. It's no coincidence that Hold'Em is the game that players at the World Series of Poker play to determine who takes home $1,000,000 and the champion's custom 14-karat gold bracelet.

Hold'Em is clearly a descendant of 7-Stud in that players form a five-card hand from seven available cards, but that's where the similarity ends. In fact, only two cards are actually held by the player as pocket cards. The other five are open, dealt to the middle of the table and shared by all players. Of course this means there are less cards in play, which is why Hold'Em typically seats nine or more players at the table.

The dealer in Hold'Em is marked by a disk called the button. For each hand the button rotates to the left. Players are identified by their seat position. The dealer is seat one, the player to the dealer's left is seat two and so on, clockwise around the table to the player on the dealer's right which is typically seat nine.

In practice, casino Hold'Em has a fixed (house) dealer and the button rotates around the table simply to mark the rotation of theoretical dealer. Betting position significantly affects a player's opportunities so the button's position in not simply symbolic.

Hold'Em comes in many low-limit/high-limit forms. Beginner games are typically $1-$2 or $2-$5, but the high end can be as much as $300-$600, $500-$1000 or more. Regardless of the limits, Hold'Em is designed to be a money game. Instead of a small ante in 7-Stud, Hold'Em uses two forced bets, the blinds, to get Bets on the table right from the beginning of the game.

The Open

The first player to the dealer's left -- seat two -- is the small blind and must kick in half the lower limit ($5 in a $10-$20 game). Seat three is the big blind and must kick in the full value of the lower limit ($10 in a $10-$20) game.

The deal rotates clockwise around the table beginning with the player to the big blind's left. Each player is dealt their first pocket card in turn, then their second.

Since the blinds opened with their forced bets, seat four, the player to the big blind's right, bets first. They Call by matching the big blind ($10, the lower limit) and may also Raise by kicking in the big limit, $20 in our $10-$20 example game. In this round Checking is not permitted so a Check is the same as Folding.

The blinds in Hold'Em are live in that they can Call, Raise or Fold when the betting has returned to them.

The Flop

Once the first betting round has completed, the dealer lays out the first three community cards in the center of the table. This is called the flop.

This betting round begins with the blinds, or the first remaining seat on the dealer's left. Checking is permitted now and for the rest of the hand. Bets are placed at the lower limit ($10 in our example).

The Turn

A fourth community card it dealt onto the table.

Betting begins with the blinds, as before. Now, and for the rest of this game, Bets and Raises are at the high limit ($20). As such, the turn is the first expensive street.

The River

The fifth and final community card is dealt.

This is also an expensive street: Bets and Raises are all at the high limit ($20).

The Showdown

As in 7-Stud, the best 5 card hand wins. Players may form their final hands from any combination of the table cards and their own pocket cards, even ignoring the pocket cards and using only the table cards if they wish.

One point on which Hold'Em departs from other poker games is the option for any player to see another player's pocket cards once they've been mucked. Provided the requesting player has Called or Raised the last Bet made, they simply ask the dealer and the mucked cards will be retrieved and shown.

To the newcomer this move may seem incredibly invasive, especially if they come from a Draw poker background where such a move would be heresy. However, in the Hold'Em context, it's one of the few ways to gain insight into an opponent's play style. And how and when the pocket cards are played is a critical part of the game.

5-Card Stud
5-Card Stud is one of those games that puzzles people. Whenever you mention it people say something like "you mean 7-Card Stud?" or "how's that different than Draw Poker?" But 5-Card Stud is a game unto itself although you'll seldom see it played these days. There are a few good reasons for that, but let's cover the basics first.

Betting Limits, Buy-In, Bankroll, The Ante, and the Deal are all pretty much the same as 7-Stud (listed below). Keep in mind that because 5 Stud is seldom played in the casinos these rules often vary. The truth is that 5 Stud is mostly played as a social game these days, so the rules flex according to the player's tastes.

The Open

A round opens with the dealer giving each player two cards. Traditionally the first is a pocket (hidden) card and the second is open (face up). There are variations on this and we'll see why shortly.

Now it's time for the first bets. Low card opening is standard but it's not uncommon for high card to open. The game progresses the same either way. The betting round circles the table and it's on to Third Street.

Third Street

The third card is dealt to each player as an open card. Betting typically follows 7-Card Stud's Third Street play (Low Limit bets).

Fourth Street

Another open card, typically played per 7 Stud's Fifth and Sixth Street (High Limit bets).

Fifth Street

The final card, usually also an open card. Betting as per 7 Stud's Seventh Street (High Limit bets).

7-Card Stud
When it comes to Poker games, Draw Poker is old school, 5-Card Stud is too rare to speak of, but 7-Card Stud is alive and well. Texas Hold'Em gets all the press and makes a better spectator game, but 7 Stud is the game of choice for the hard-nut players.

Stud demands strategy and skill and it takes a lot of play to develop the winner's edge. Top caliber players are few and far between but they have one thing in common with the rookies: every player of the game is still learning, even the masters.

Let's begin with the basic rules.

Betting Limits

Stud games are defined by their betting limits. The low stakes online games are usually $2-$4 while the higher games are typically $8-$16 or $10-$20. I've seen land casino Stud at $100-$200 or higher, but these stakes are very rare on the web.

The game's betting limits tell the Stud player pretty much everything they need to know about the nature of the game, the expectations of the players, and the size of the bankroll you should have before you sit in.

Buy-In and Bankroll

Your minimum Stud Buy-In is typically 10-times the low limit, or $20 for a $2-$4 game. But playing with the minimum is not recommended.

Choosing your Game

Anything below the $10-$20 level is generally considered a beginner's game. The skill and strategy levels required in the higher games are substantial and such games generally do not provide a friendly environment for the Stud player still learning their way around.

The Ante

Ante in Stud is mandatory and changes depending on the betting limits. The low games usually require a 10% Ante, so a $5-$10 game will have a $0.50 Ante. The high games get up to 25% on the Ante: that's $25 on a $100-$200 game. The percentages may vary somewhat but 10% is the typical minimum.

Dealing

We'll use a $10-$20 game as our working example, so the Ante is $1, 10% of the low limit.

The dealer deals clockwise starting on their immediate left. They deal one card at a time around the table until each player has two pocket cards (face down) and a single up (the "door" card).

At this point the dealer indicates which player will open the betting, determined by the lowest door card. If there's a tie for low door, suit resolves it: spades over hearts, followed by diamonds, and finally clubs is the lowest.

Betting

Once the initial cards have been dealt, the game begins. At this point we've got three cards on the table per player and that's called "Third Street".

Third Street

The player holding the lowest door card must "bring it in" by opening with a bet equal to twice the ante ($2 in our example game). If the low door player doesn't make this bet, they're forced to Fold and the opener passes to the player on their left.

The next player clockwise from the opener can Call by matching the opener, Raise by betting the low betting limit ($10) or Fold. Throughout third street all Bets and Raises are fixed at the low betting limit ($10).

Fourth Street

The dealer gives each player another open (up) card. Unlike third street, the opener in the fourth and remaining streets is the high hand as determined by the open cards. They may Check (Pass) or Bet. It they Bet it's at the low limit ($10) and that fixes all raises in this round to the same.

If the high hand is an open pair, the opener can Bet at the upper limit ($20) and this fixes all Raises in the round to the same.

Fifth and Sixth Street

Again, the card is dealt up and high hand opens. All Bets and Raises are at the upper limit ($20).

Seventh Street

The last card, called the "river", is another pocket card (face down). All bets and raises are at the high limit ($20).

Showdown

After the Bets and Raises have been resolved, the remaining players enter the Showdown. The opener reveals his pocket cards. If a player wishes to compete with this hand they too reveal their pocket cards, or they can yield and muck out (Fold).

At the casino it's the dealer's responsibility to call the winner, as determined by the best 5-card hand under normal Poker rules. In online games, the software will designate the winner and the pot will be passed to them.

It is any player's right to request to see any final hand that has been mucked, though this is primarily intended for casino play.

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Playing weak players should be done with simplicity. You need to understand that weak players don’t have a good understanding of the game, and they won’t fall for fancy tricks that you’ll try to employ.
A Winner’s Attitude
The professionals know that the only way to win with consistency is to stop fighting the current and to turn around and start swimming downstream, regardless of the bad beats they suffer along the way.
Stay Off the Casino Floor
Proper bankroll management includes only using your poker bankroll for poker games. Not for blackjack or roulette. If you like to sports bet or play casino games you should have separate bankrolls for that activity.
Knowing They Have a Big Hand
One of the best situations you can be in at a Texas holdem table is holding the nuts while your opponent, or opponents, are sitting on a big hand. This spot would seem to be cut and dry, get your chips in there and win as much as you can.
Complaining Costs Money
Poker is more than just a game we play. It’s a test of our will and how well you can adjust to adversity. When faced with bad luck many players will go off on rants about how poorly someone is playing, or how bad their luck is, etc.
Value Betting the River In Position
One aspect of poker that many novice and intermediate players often play poorly is value betting the river when they’re last to act. This play is a no-brainer when you have the nut hand, but that’s usually not the situation that you’re in.
Early Multi-table Tournament Strategy
Do you ever wonder why so many familiar faces are on final tables on television? They do it by building a big stack in the early stages of the tournament, when play can be controlled with a few simple strategies.
Omaha Hi - Low Starting Hands
Once you play enough Texas Hold’em you start to look for other action. Many players will try out other games like 7-Card Stud or Omaha. One favorite that many try is Omaha Hi/Low Split, or also known as Omaha 8 or Better.
Playing in Vegas
For some poker players, playing in home games and their local casino or poker room is the extent of their poker experience. But if you want to test your game in a more grand setting, you can plan a poker vacation in Vegas.
Taking Notes
Poker is no different than any other form of gaming in this sense, and dedicated poker players take the time to document any advantage they come across as they play. You should have a notebook where you keep important information that will improve your game.
Choosing the Table for Your Style
Beating a poker game is a difficult task for the best players out there. Luck plays a big factor, and we all know how that can run sometimes. One way to improve your chances in a game is to select the right table for you.
Poker Tools
The poker industry has lots of different teaching tools that promise to make you a better player. Some will do just that, teaching you odds and giving sound advice that will make you better. But some tools just make you a lazy poker player.
Isolating an Opponent
Isolating opponents is not only a way to improve your chances in a hand; it’s often a method of taking advantage of some playing styles you’ll run into out there.
Recognizing Collusion
There are always some people out there that try and cheat at poker. They’re too lazy to try and improve their skill level, and instead they spend their time trying to win money dishonestly.
Hearts Game Play And Mechanics
Hearts is turn-based and is played in 'rounds', where the deck is shuffled and dealt, cards are passed (if a passing round in the Black Lady variant), the play of tricks, and the scorekeeping. In the traditional game play, each player will ante up the same number of chips before the round begins.
Hearts Strategy - Shooting The Moon
A hand that appears doomed (by virtue of being capable of winning almost all the tricks) may be excellent for the purpose of moon-shooting. The element of risk involved in shooting the moon is one of the appeals of the game, since a player may attempt to get all 26 points and fail by only getting 24 or 25, in which case the player suffers a massive penalty.
Hearts - A Card Game Strategy
In addition to sheer luck, winning Hearts is dependent on several factors.
An important element is passing: Heart's strategic element first appears in the 3-card player-to-player pass for the Black Lady variant. Intuitively, the function of this pass is to rid one's hand of undesirable cards, or to get a head start on clearing a suit.
What winning Texas Holdem should be about?
Contrary to what most rookies might think, beating Texas Holdem online is not an easy feat to accomplish. Being a game of small edges and of high luck-induced variance, it's not easy to beat even if someone is playing at a table full off fish.
Poker online vs. offline
So, how do you choose between playing online in the comfort of your own home, or getting in the car and living the experience in person?
To Show Or Not

There are many little things a good poker player will do to increase their chances of a winning cash-game session or a high tournament finish.  One thing they can do is use a well-timed show of their cards to let other players know they were either bluffing or had the nuts.
Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean stud poker was first played on Aruba near a pristine powder white beach not far from a high-class designer jewelry boutique.
Video Poker Hand Guide

So you want to play video poker. First, you're going to need to know what makes a hand. Sure, the video poker machines have paying hands on the display, but it's almost always the names of the hands.
Playing Ace-King

Of the thousands of different hands that a Hold 'em player can receive as their hole cards, there are only a few that really get their blood pumping.  One of them is Ace-King (AK). 
Poker As A Career

With the popularity of poker as high as it is right now, the game is seeing more and more people who have crossed over from other careers to make playing poker their full-time occupation.  

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