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Online Poker

With a debatable history, Poker is without a doubt the best card game in which the victory depends upon the hand ranking. With so many hand-formation possibilities, Poker is truly the real gambling. Although basic or 5-card poker is played with a usual deck of 52 cards, Poker has grown up to be popular enough to have different variants, the most popular obviously being Texas Hold'em Poker.

Contrary to card games like Blackjack or Baccarat, Poker does not require you to focus on card counting and totaling of the number combinations. Though Poker game-play is all about creating a good hand out of the 11 possible poker hands, the game gets challenging when you have to make decisions about Betting, Call, Raise and Fold, once you have dealt with five cards by the dealer. Online Poker provides you with liberty of playing for free and with guideline instructions to see before you start. From suggestions to betting tips, online poker makes casino gaming an experience to relish.

Steps to Play

The game starts with 5-cards and the objective is to create a card hand with better and higher ranking, when compared to the card hands of other players on the table. But before the players are given their cards, each one has to put a bet on the table.

Once the bet is made and cards are dealt, players get option of Call, Raise and Fold. While Call and Raise are betting decisions to be taken by the player, Fold means quitting the game or withdrawing out of it. A player can decide these based on his/her cards. The objective of Poker is to create a higher ranking card hand among the other players on the table.

Step 1 - Player must click on the betting chips to choose the wager value

Step 2 - Clicking on ‘Deal’ button draws cards for player and for the other player or the house.

Step 3 - Based on the hand made with current cards, player gets different options including surrender or to raise the bet.

Step 4 - Based on the hand and the bet money, if player wishes to continue with the hand he/she must raise the bet by adding extra betting chip.

Game Rules

The game is popular for it's the psychological stress involved in it. It is said that bluffing is its main rule or key factor that must be implied with care, especially during betting.

The game has so many variants to it, but A standard game of Poker is played with a regular deck of 52 cards. The ranking of cards is based on its value and poker rule says these cards must be ranked in descending order starting from Ace, King, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and again Ace. A card of Ace can be either used as a higher ranking card or lower ranking card. The suits in the cards are equal and no suits is higher in rank than another.

Poker Hand

Poker is entirely based on hand rankings. Players are dealt with five cards each and rest depends upon their ability to form a better hand, out of the 11 possible hands. Player who gets the higher ranking poker hand, compared to the card ranking of opponents, wins the game.

The most popular card hands (with descending ranking) are

  • Five of a Kind
  • Royal Flush
  • Straight Flush
  • Four of a Kind
  • Full House
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • Three of a Kind
  • Two Pair
  • Pair
  • High Card

When two Poker hands are identical in value and ranking, they are judged as a copy hand and it means the dealer wins.

Different Poker Variants

Poker variants largely differ in community, as each community of Poker games has its own set of variants. Given below are top 3 most popular Poker communities and their variants-

Community Card Poker

  • Texas Hold'em Poker
  • Omaha Hold'em

Draw Poker

  • Five Card Poker

Stud Poker

  • Five card Stud
  • Seven card stud

Game Strategy

In order to play a game like Poker, you need to adopt few strategies to support your moves in the game. Bluff only when it's required and is a part of your tactic or game play. Bluffing for the sake of bluffing can put you in difficult situations too. While playing Poker, you need to keep a close eye on the body language of other player's as well as the cards being played.

Few Tips

Good Poker tips work by stopping a player from making unnecessary mistakes while playing poker, such as:

  • Poker is an exhausting game that can put a player into lot of psychological stress, thus a player should avoid a big game like Poker when going through emotional stress.
  • Players who are new to the game of poker must stay away from playing every hand on the table.
  • It is important that a player must be aware of the cards that are being played on the table.

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