Four Kinds of Five Card Poker

If you’re new to the world of poker, much of the lingo you hear in the movies, or even delivered with confidence by friends and colleagues, sounds impenetrable. And while the jargon can be intriguing, it can also be quite off-putting, especially if you’re interested in playing for fun, but are too embarrassed to ask someone for help.

 

Thankfully, then, there is an abundance of sites out there offering with sites like skypoker.com offering poker games online that can easily be played and practised from the comfort of your sitting room. Rules and tips are provided so you are able to learn the game without being judged by high and mighty pros. Before embarking on a game, let’s take a look at the (very) basics of four of the most popular varieties of the game…

 

Texas Holdem

By far the most famous and widely-played variant of poker, Texas Holdem is played on video poker machines and at tables in pubs and casinos (not to mention dining room tables) across the world.  It’s flexible – poker can be played by anything between two and ten people – which is a key element to its mass appeal. Each player is dealt two ‘hole cards’ (face down). Five ‘community cards’ are dealt (face-up) for all participants to choose from. The player with the highest five card hand wins.

Omaha Hi

A variation of Texas Holdem, Omaha Hi instead deals four hole cards, with the same five community cards shared by everyone. Players must combine two of their hole cards with any three community cards in order to get a five card hand to beat the rest.

 

Seven Card Stud

Seven Card Stud starts with an initial Ante, followed by five betting rounds. Each player receives three cards face down, and four community cards. Again, the object is to get the highest five-card hand.

 

Five Card Draw

Five Card Draw is one of the oldest variations of the poker in the world. Anything from two to five players bet on an initial Ante. This is followed by two rounds of betting, after which each player is dealt five cards (face down). From these, they must either discard or draw, ending up with five cards. The player with the highest five-card poker hand at the end wins the pot.


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