Poker Card Games Played in Poker Rooms Online
The Most Important Poker Rule for playing poker card games in poker rooms online: Hold ’em only when you have very good cards and fold ’em early and often. You should be in the game only when you believe the odds are in your favor. Unfortunately in 8 out of 10 hands you won’t have good enough cards and you should fold early, before you put too many chips into a pot you won’t win.
Most Popular Poker Card Games played in poker rooms online:
Texas Hold ’em
In Texas Hold’em, each player is given 2 pocket cards. The game continues with a total of 5 community cards face up, first 3, then 1 after the other. Between each deal there is a round of betting.
Hold’em is played with two blinds (a bet before the pocket cards are received). The first two players after the dealer pay the blinds. The small blind is posted by the first player and the big blind by the second.
In heads-up games, the player seated after the dealer pays the big blind. The first two betting rounds are played with the lower limit while the last two rounds of betting are played with the higher limit.
Omaha poker card games are derived from Texas Hold’em. Each player is dealt four cards (“hole cards”), which belong only to that player. Five community cards are dealt face-up on the “board”. All players use three of the five community cards together with two of their hole cards to make the best five-card poker hand.
The player with the best five-card hand for high wins half the pot, and the player with the best hand for low wins the other half. In Omaha, players must use two and only two of their four hole cards in combination with three cards from the board. In the event of identical hands, the high and low shares of the pot will be equally divided between the players with the best hands. In the event that no hand qualifies for low, the best hand(s) for high wins the pot.
For a five card hand to qualify for low, it cannot include cards higher than 8 or contain any pairs. Aces can be used for both high and low. When comparing low hands, the winner is the hand with the lowest high card, thus 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 is better than Ace, 2, 3, 4, 8. The best possible low hand is Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Seven Card Stud
In Seven Card Stud poker card games, players are dealt seven cards throughout the course of the hand, but only the best five-card hand possible for each player is used to determine the winner.
Before a game of Seven Card Stud starts, all players ante a nominal amount, for example $1 in a $10-$20 game. Each player is dealt two hidden hole cards and one exposed card. The player with the lowest exposed card is the “bring-in”, and is forced to make a wager of either a half a small bet or a full small bet (for example, either $1 or $2 in a $2/$4 game). Action continues clockwise around the table until betting is complete for the round.
In the unlikely event that all 8 players are still in the hand on the river, the total number of cards needed for all the players to receive their own card would not be available in a standard deck of cards. In this case the river card is dealt face up on the table and it will be used as a community card.
Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo
The player with the best five-card hand for high wins half the pot, and the player with the best hand for low wins the other half. In the event that no hand qualifies for low, the best hand(s) for high wins the pot.
Other variations of poker card games are offered in poker rooms online, but the above are the ones you will encounter most often.
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