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Texas Hold'em 7 Card Stud
Omaha Hi 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo
Omaha Hi/Lo 5 Card Stud
 
 

 
 

Texas Hold'em

Texas Hold'em is the most popular poker game online. It, of course, is tremendously popular in casinos and offline play as well.

In the game, players are dealt two cards, face down. These are the hole or pocket cards. Five cards are then dealt in the middle of the table, face up. The cards are shared by all the players at the table, and are called community cards. Players then try to construct the best possible five card hand they can, using the community cards combined with their hole cards. The player with the best hand wins.

The game is played as follows:

First, be aware that many tables have betting limits. A minimum, and a maximum bet. For example, a 25¢/50¢ game means the minimum bet is 25¢. The maximum bet is 50¢.

One player is the dealer. The two players to the left of the dealer make "blind" bets. The first player makes a bet that is equal to half the minimum bet at the table. This is known as the "small blind". The second player makes a bet equal to the minimum table bet. This is the "big blind".

Two cards are dealt face down to each player on the table. The player to the left of the Big Blind begins play. He/she may choose to call (which means match the bet on the table), raise, or fold. This continues to the left until the betting round is completed.

The first three face up cards are then dealt at the same time. This is known as the "flop".

The next betting round begins with player to the left of the dealer and continues to the left. If there is no bet on the table, a player may bet or check (which means to neither bet, nor fold - the turn simply passes to the next player). If there is a bet on the table, a player may call, raise or fold.

After the close of the betting round, the next card is dealt, face up. This card is called the "turn".

The next round of betting occurs. For this and the final round the value of a bet increases to the table maximum.

After the close of the betting round, the final card is dealt. This card is known as the "River"

The final betting round takes place. At the conclusion of betting, the best hand takes the pot.

Remember:

  • A round of betting is finished when all players have acted, and contributed equally to the pot. There can be at most three raises per hand.
  • During the first two betting rounds all bets and raises are equal to the table minimum bet.
  • During the last two betting rounds, all bets and raises are equal to the table maximum bet.

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Omaha Hi

Omaha Hi, a game for between 2-10 players, has gained popularity, both in the US and abroad, due to its fast paced play and relatively simple game rules. Omaha Hi consists of 4 Betting Rounds. Throughout the game each player receives 4 facedown “Pocket Cards”. 5 face-up “Community Boardcards” are placed in the center of the Table, to be shared by all the players. Each player creates the highest valued Poker hand, using any 2 of his/her 4 Pocket Cards and any 3 of the 5 Community Boardcards.

Omaha Hi Step-by-Step

Step 1: Posting the Blind Bets The first Member Sitting-in in a clockwise fashion to the left of the Dealer Posts the Small Blind Bet (half the Table’s Lower Limit Stake). The second Member Sitting-in in a clockwise fashion to the left of the Dealer, Posts the Big Blind Bet (equal to the Table’s Higher Limit Stake).

Step 2: The Pocket Cards: The First Deal The Dealer distributes four facedown Pocket Cards to each Member. The cards are dealt in a clockwise fashion, one at a time, starting with the Member to the left of the Big Blind.

Step 3: The First Betting Round: The first Member Sitting-in to the left of the Big Blind begins the first Betting Round. The Betting Round then proceeds, in a clockwise fashion, around the table, with each Member acting in Turn. This Betting Round is set at the Table’s Lower Limit Stake. In this Betting Round, each Member is required to at least Call the Big Blind, in order to remain in the game.

Step 4: "The Flop" : The Dealer places three Community Boardcards, face-up, in the center of the Table. These cards are shared by all the Members.

Step 5: The Second Betting Round: The first active Member (who has not Folded) to the left of the Dealer begins the second Betting Round. The Betting Round then proceeds, in a clockwise fashion, around the table, with each active Member acting in turn. This Betting Round is set at the Table’s Lower Limit Stake.

Step 6: "The Turn" : The Third Deal The Dealer places a fourth Community Boardcard, face-up, in the center of the Table.

Step 7: The Third Betting Round The first active Member to the left of the Dealer begins the third Betting Round. The Betting Round then proceeds, in a clockwise fashion, around the table, with each active Member acting in turn. This Betting Round is set at the Table’s Higher Limit Stake.

Step 8: "The River" : The Dealer places a fifth Community Boardcard, face-up, in the center of the Table.

Step 9: The Fourth Betting Round The first active Member to the left of the Dealer begins the fourth Betting Round. The Betting Round then proceeds, in a clockwise fashion, around the table, with each active Member acting in. This Betting Round is set at the Table’s Higher Limit Stake.

Step 10: The Showdown: Once the fourth Betting Round is completed there is a Showdown (if more than one Member remains). In the Showdown, each active Member combines any two of his/her four Pocket Cards, and any three of the five Community Boardcards, to create the highest valued Poker hand possible (see Poker Hand Value Chart). The active Member who creates the highest valued Poker hand wins the Pot, minus the Rake.

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Omaha Hi/Lo

Omaha 8 or Better is the Hi/Lo version of Omaha. It is a "split pot" game. Over the past few years, Omaha 8 or Better has been the fastest growing poker game in the world. Players love it because it is an action game.

Basics:

Players start with four "down" cards. Players share five "community" cards (which are dealt face-up in the center of the table). You MUST use two of your four "down" cards with three "up" cards to form your hand. There is no qualifying on the "High" side - the best high hand automatically wins half the pot and could win the whole pot. To win the "Low" side of the pot, however, you must qualify (which is why the game is named Omaha "8 or Better").

To qualify for Low:

It takes a five-card hand with different numerical values from Ace through eight (with the Ace being the lowest) to qualify for the "Low" half of the pot. The best "Low" hand is A, 2, 3, 4, 5 (also known as the "wheel" or "bicycle"). The winning "Low" hand goes to the player with the lowest high card. For example, a player with a 2,4,5,6,7 would have a better "Low" hand than someone with an A,2,4,6,8. If two or more players have the same high card, the player with the second lowest card (or third, fourth, or fifth if necessary) in their hand wins the low side of the pot.

Here is the procedure for Omaha:

Prior to dealing the cards, two blind bets (the Small Blind and the Big Blind) are placed in the pot by the two players to the immediate left of the dealer. The blinds are put in to start the action.

Everyone is dealt four "down" cards. The action begins with the player to the left of the Big Blind folding, calling, or raising. Play continues with all players making one of these decisions. This is the first betting round.

Upon completion of the first round of betting, three cards are dealt face-up in the center of the table (community cards known as "the Flop"). This is the second round of betting. Beginning with this round of betting and throughout the remaining rounds of betting, the player to the left of the dealer button acts first. A player may now Check or Bet (if there is no betting in front of them). If there is betting and/or raising in front of them, they may Call, Raise, or Fold.

Upon completion of the action on the "flop," another card is dealt face-up (known as the "The Turn" or "Fourth Street"). This is the third betting round. The size of the bet doubles on this round of betting. The betting again starts with the player closest to the left of the button.

Following the completion of action on "the turn", the dealer turns over the last card (known as "The River" or "Fifth Street"). This is the final round of betting.

Upon completion of the final round of betting, the best hand wins the pot.

Important:

  • Straights and flushes do NOT count against you when qualifying for "Low"
  • You are permitted to use different cards in your hand for the "High" side and different cards for the "Low" side or the same cards for both the "High" and "Low" sides. In a split pot, any leftover odd chip goes to the "High" side of the pot.
  • Ties: In case two or more players "tie" for one side of the pot, they will split that half into equally divided portions. If there is an odd chip(s), it will go to the person(s) closest to the left of the "button". (One player winning the "High" side and two players who tie for the "Low" side is not uncommon in Omaha 8 or Better.)
    Key to Remember: To determine your hand(s) in Omaha 8 or Better, you MUST play two of your four "down" cards with three of the "up" cards (community cards). You may play different cards for the "High" and "Low" sides. A player "scoops" the pot when they win the whole pot.

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Seven Card Stud

Seven Card Stud is a popular, well-known form of poker. Players receive seven cards, three "down" cards and four "up" cards. Your "hand" is determined by using the best five of seven cards.

Basics:

There are five betting rounds in Seven Card Stud. One bet and three raises are allowed on each betting round. To continue to play, players must call all action to them on each "street" or betting round (unless they are all-in).

Here is the procedure for Seven Card Stud:

Everyone "antes" (puts a predetermined amount in the pot before the cards are dealt). This amount is based on the size of the game.

Each player is dealt three cards (two "down" cards and one "up" card). The "up" card is also known as the "door card" or "Third Street". The lowest "up" card must initiate the action with a "Bring-In" bet. (If two or more players have the same lowest card, the person who brings it in is determined by suit order progressing from clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.)

Upon completion of the first round of betting, another card is dealt face-up to each player that still remains in the pot (those who didn't fold on "third street"). This is "Fourth Street" (the second round of betting). From "Fourth Street" on, the highest hand showing begins the action by checking or betting.

If a pair is showing on "Fourth Street", players have the option to make a single or double bet. If your opponent makes a single bet, you may call, raise a single bet, raise a double bet, or fold. If your opponent makes a double bet and you wish to raise, you may only raise an equal amount.)

Upon completion of the betting on "fourth street", another card is dealt face-up to those who remain in the pot. This is called "Fifth Street" (the third round of betting - which doubles - and continues at this amount for the remaining betting rounds). The highest hand showing again starts the action by checking or betting.

Upon the completion of betting on "fifth street", another card is dealt face-up. This is "Sixth Street" (fourth betting round).

The final card is dealt down. The last card is also known as the "River Card" or "Seventh Street" (final round of betting).

Upon completion of the final round of betting, the best hand wins the pot. (The pot may also be won by someone who bets without being called at any time during the hand.)

Very seldom, a situation occurs where there are not enough cards left in the deck to give each player their own river card. In this event, the dealer will turn one board card face-up and it will be used as a community card.

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Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo

Stud 8 or Better is the Hi/Lo version of Seven Card Stud. It is a "split-pot" game that is quite popular. Players receive seven cards, three "down" cards and four "up" cards. Your hand(s) are determined by using the best five of seven cards for your high hand and your best five of seven cards for your low hand (if you qualify for low). The game is played like Seven Card Stud (with the exception that you cannot make a double bet on "Fourth Street" if a pair is showing). If someone qualifies for "Low", the pot is split.

Basics:

There is no qualifying on the "High" side - the best hand automatically wins half the pot and could win the whole pot. To win the "Low" side, however, you have to qualify (which is why the game is called Seven Card Stud "8 or Better").

To qualify for Low:

It takes a five-card hand with different numerical values from Ace through eight (with the Ace being the lowest value) to qualify for the "Low" half of the pot. The best "Low" hand is A,2,3,4,5 (also known as the "wheel" or "bicycle"). The winning "Low" hand is the one with the lowest high card in it. If two or more players qualify for "Low" but have the same highest card, the second lowest high card (and if necessary progressing down to the third, fourth, or fifth lowest high card) would be the winning hand. For example, a 2,3,4,6,8 would be a better "Low" hand than an A,2,4,7,8.

Important:

  • Straights and flushes do NOT count against you on the "Low" side.
  • You may use any combination of cards for the "High" hand or the "Low" hand or you may use the same cards for both the "High" and "Low" sides.

Split Pots:

Any leftover odd chip goes to the "High" hand. If two or more players tie for the "High" side of the pot and there is an odd chip, the player with the highest card in their hand is awarded the odd chip. (If they have the same high valued card, the suit takes preference going from Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs.) If two or more players "tie" for the "Low" side of the pot and there is an odd chip, that chip is awarded to the player with the lowest card in their hand. (If they have the same lowest card, the suit takes preference in the order of Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, and Spades.)
When a player "scoops" a pot, they win the whole pot.

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5 Card Stud

5 Card Draw is one of the most popular forms of poker in home games across the world. Unfortunately, it is not as popular on the internet. But, you can find 5 Card Draw being dealt on the tables of Planet Poker. It is also a good place to learn the rules. If you visit the room, these are the rules they play by:

Game Description:

Draw is played by a maximum of eight players.

Draw is a poker game in which each player receives five cards dealt face down.

There are two betting rounds. Those players who stay in on the first round have a chance to change or improve their five-card hands by replacing none, some, or all of their cards.

After players receive replacements (in an exchange known as the draw), there is a second round of betting, followed by a showdown. At that point, the highest hand among active players (those remaining in contention for the pot) wins the pot.

Betting
The betting starts after five cards are dealt to each player. At this point, there is a round of betting.

After all bets have been equalized, active players draw to their hands. A second round of betting follows, and then the showdown.

Check-and-raise is allowed in all Draw games on the second round.

On the first round, a player, on his turn, must either bet or fold.

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