Poker Basics – Online Poker and Sports Betting
Poker has been called the most popular game in the world and it is very likely this will continue to be the case as people continue to play this exciting game. Poker is any of several card games where players wager over what hand is best based on the rules of each game. There are two types of poker: holdem poker and sit down poker. There is also Omaha Poker, but that is not the type you will start out playing if at all.
There are several different versions of holdem. One is a very simple variation in which there is no actual money at stake. This is called “house” poker and is a version of the game that most people know. “Real” poker is a variation that includes money and the cards in the deal. All Holdem Poker variants can be played on Internet sites that support the different variations.
Regular Holdem means that all the cards are dealt at the same pace and the same way. The last two players in a pair are dealt differently than the first two. The last two players in a pair are always dealt aces, kings, queens, jacks, tens and nines, and a seven or six of any other suit.
Player A is always the “Dealer”. He or she begins the game by laying out the initial five cards face up in front of them. Then the players begin betting, counting the amount of each bet from one to five. Whenever a player bets the amount of the bet that he or she has won, the dealer breaks the bet and adds it to the pot. After the fifth bet, the dealer breaks the pot and starts over with the new pot, paying out new amounts to the players.
A Wild Card consists of one or more cards that are un-dealt. It represents either an Ace, Queen, King Jack, ten, or an Ace and King Jack. If you are playing a seven-card wild card game you may only have five cards to deal with, but because each player is dealt three cards face down, there is a chance that someone could get a wild card. There is only a certain amount of wild cards that can be dealt per round of poker. No matter when you are playing stud poker the rules for wild card poker stay the same.
Straight poker, or simply straight poker, is the most basic poker game. In straight poker the dealer will deal five cards face down. When this is done the players immediately start betting. The betting occurs by writing the number of the cards that are on the table, on the betting card, in permanent marker. The players who have bet the least amount of money at the beginning of the betting round, will be the ones who win, and the person who has bet the most money at the end of the betting round is the one who loses.