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Understanding Poker

Poker is a family of old card games that share betting rules and hand rankings. Poker games differ in a way they are dealt how hands may be formed, whether the high or low hand wins the pot in a showdown (in some games, the pot is split between the high and low hands), limits on bets and how many rounds of betting are allowed. In most modern poker games, the first round of betting begins with some form of forced bet. The action then proceeds to the left. Each player in turn must either match the maximum previous bet or fold, losing all further interest in the hand. A player who matches a bet may also raise, increasing the bet. The betting round ends when all players have either matched the last bet or folded. If all but one player fold on any round, the remaining player collects the pot without showing his hand. If more than one player remains in contention after the final betting round, the hands are shown and the winning hand takes the pot.

Here are some of the popular variations of poker:
  • Straight. Oldest in the poker family. A complete hand is dealt to each player, and players bet in one round, with raising and re-raising allowed.
  • Stud. Next oldest in the poker family. Cards are dealt in a prearranged combination of face-down and face-up rounds or "streets", with a round of betting following each.
  • Draw. A complete hand is dealt to each player, face-down, and after betting, players are allowed to attempt to change their hand (with the object of improving it) by discarding unwanted cards and being dealt new ones. Five- Card Draw is the most famous variation in this family.
  • Community. A variation of Stud, players are dealt an incomplete hand of face-down cards, and then a number of face-up "community" cards are dealt to the center of the table, each of which can be used by one or more of the players to make a 5-card hand. Texas Hold-em and Omaha are two well-known variants of the Community family.
Poker's popularity spiked in 21st century and gave birth to online poker game and online poker rooms.


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Its not an easy task to understand poker gameseasily. It needs some research done on it. But as you've heard about" practice makes a man perfect" It also applies here. Do more & more practice to be a perfect poker player.

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