So, by now, you have probably have figured out where you want to play, be it at a bricks casino or at an online casino. Whatever the case, now its time to choose your game. This is harder than it may seem at first, simply because there are so many different varieties of poker.
Right now, Texas Hold Em is probably the reigning champion in terms of popularity. Its a challenging game but, on the plus side, its incredibly easy to figure out. The combination makes it perfect for both experienced players and novice players.
Its considered the simplest variety of poker. You dont have to ante up, you dont have to discard. You only ever have to deal with two cards of your own. You have to bet on just those two cards as well. You are also dealing with the Flop, the Turn, and the River. Each of those have a betting session as well.
The dealer deals the Flop, which consists of three community cards. They are face up, whereas your two cards are face down. You can use the Flop to make the most of your hand. The fourth card, also dealt face up, is the Turn. There is a betting session after it is dealt, as well, and a fifth session once the final face up card, the River, is dealt.
Omaha High is another popular variation of poker. In this game, you begin by receiving four cards, dealt face down. By and large, that is where any similarities to Texas Hold Em end. Omaha High is considered a much trickier, exceedingly more difficult game. As such, it is not recommended for beginners unless you are playing casually with a group of friends, solely for fun.
A betting session follows the dealing of the four cards. However, players are not allowed to discard. Following this, the Flop is dealt three cards, face up. As with Texas Hold Em, any player can use these cards to supplement their own hand. The tricky bit is that you have to use two out of the four cards you are originally dealt, in addition to the three Flop cards.
Once the Flop is dealt, another betting session follows, then comes the dealing of the Turn. You may now use the best three of the four community cards as well as two in your own hand. Your combination can change. Last, the River is dealt, followed by a final betting session. Yet again, you must use the best three cards in the community pile, as well as two of your own.
Seven Card Stud
Seven Card Stud (or Seven Card Stud High, if you want to get specific as opposed to Seven Card Stud High/Low, of course), is a rather well known variation of poker. However, just because it is well known does not mean you should not be well aware of the rules and strategies involved in playing it.
In this game, the players put up antes; so, every player antes up, as opposed to only certain players putting down the blinds. Each player gets three cards at the onset two of them are face down and one of them is face up. The person with the lowest card face up has to begin wagering, with the bring in. The other players follow in a clockwise motion.
A betting session follows, then the players are dealt a fourth card, also face up. A betting session follows this as well and so on, for seven rounds. The idea here is to make the best hand with five out of seven of your cards.
Deuce to Seven Lowball
Deuce to Seven Lowball may be something of a secret to those more inexperienced poker players out there. In this game, four rounds of betting occur and, in all, each player gets five cards, all of which are dealt in the face down position. To that end, the game is a bit like Five Card Draw.
The difference is that, in this game, you are allowed to draw a total of three times basically, during most of the betting sessions. One betting session occurs when players get their initial cards; then, each time the players are allowed to draw, another betting session occurs.
In this game, the ultimate goal is for you to make the five lowest cards that you can without any pairs, straights, or flushes. Ace cards count as the highest possible cards rather than as ones. Thus, in Deuce to Seven Lowball, just as the name suggests, the ideal hand is: 2 3 4 5 7. However, any regular flushes, straights, or straight flushes will count against you. So, you do not want a 6 in there.
So, say you have 4 6 7 8 9 in off suits, but another player has the exact same hand in all diamonds. They lose by virtue of having a flush.
Where Should You Play?
One thing beginning players often want to know is, where should they play poker? What is the best venue for them to learn the game? After all, since there is money involved sometimes quite a lot of it many novice players are understandably wary about starting off in a casino. In truth, there are lots of venues available to ease you into learning how to play the game to the best of your abilities.
For starts, you can play online. In fact, a lot of online casinos have demos which will allow you to play poker in real time, without betting real money. You can do everything all the paying players can do, but you do not have to risk the money. However, by going this route, you can become comfortable with the betting process.
As any experienced poker player will tell you, however, nothing beats playing live with other people. The good news is that you can do that as well. You can always start up a poker night between yourself and some of your friends. You’ll have a good time, and you’ll learn to play poker in front of others. That means perfecting your bluffs and discovering your tells.
I’m Jason Rockwell. When I’m not winning playing online poker, I enjoy writing about my love of the game. Thanks for visiting!