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How to Play Texas Holdem

Texas Hold 'em Texas Holdem - This popular casino game is also known as Hold 'em. There is a blind bet and a blind raise, and then two cards are dealt face down to each player followed by a betting round.

The first active player to the dealer's left bets first in each round. Next, three cards (called the "flop") are dealt face up to the community hand.

There is another betting round and then the community hand is dealt a fourth and fifth face-up card, with a betting round after each.

In the showdown each player selects his best five cards from the seven available. Beware that the majority of the strong cards are shared by everyone. It usually takes two pairs or better to win this game

(Quick Tip No 1: - Remember The Flop, The Turn, The River, Showdown. This is the order the deals come in.)

(Quick Tip No 2: - Know when to Hold em, know when to Fold-em, daft as it sounds you will win more by folding than by playing a losing hand. Learn to recognise weak hands.)

(Quick Tip No 3: Texas Hold Em is a Seven card game if you have a low pair in your hand and the flop isn't kind to you fold.)

How to Play Omaha Hi/Lo

Omaha hi/lo is a popular online casino game similar to Texas Hold 'em except that each player is dealt four hole cards (not two) and you must use exactly two of them in the showdown. There is a blind bet and a blind raise, and then four cards are dealt face down to each player followed by a betting round.

The first active player after the 'big blind' bets first in each round. Next, three cards (called the 'flop') are dealt face up to the widow. There is another betting round and then the widow is dealt a fourth and fifth face-up card, with a betting round after each. In the showdown each player makes his best high hand from the nine available.

But remember, you must use exactly two cards of your own and three cards from the widow. This means you must sometimes break up what looks like a stronger hand. It usually takes a straight or better to win this game. See also Hold 'em and Omaha, 8 or Better .

 

Omaha, 8 or Better

There is usually a blind bet and a blind raise when this modified high-low variant of Hold 'em is played in casinos and clubs.

Each player is dealt four hole cards (not two), followed by a betting round. Three community cards are then dealt face up to the community hand, followed by another betting round.

There is a fourth and fifth face-up community card with a betting round after each. In the showdown, each player forms a high and low five-card poker hand from any two of his own cards, plus any three from the community hand. (The high and low hands may use different combinations of cards.) However, unless there is a low hand of eight or lower, there is no low pot to split and the high hand wins the whole pot.

Low hands can often be ruled out before the showdown when fewer than three qualifying cards appear in the community hand. Three-of-a-kind is usually strong enough to win for high.

 

Pineapple

This variation of Hold 'em is gaining popularity even in clubs. There is a blind bet and a blind raise, and then three cards are dealt face down to each player followed by a betting round.

The first active player to the dealer’s left bets first in each round. Next, each player must discard one of their hole cards. Then three cards (called the “flop”) are dealt face up to the community hand.

There is another betting round and then the community hand is dealt a fourth and fifth face-up card, with a betting round after each. In the showdown each player selects his best five cards from the seven available. Beware that the majority of the strong cards are shared by everyone. It usually takes two pairs or better to win this game.

 

Crazy Pineapple

In this variation of Hold 'em , there is a blind bet and a blind raise, and then three cards are dealt face down to each player followed by a betting round.

The first active player to the dealer’s left bets first in each round. Next, three cards (called the “flop”) are dealt face up to the community hand, followed by a betting round. Each player must discard one of their hole cards and then the community hand is dealt a fourth and fifth face-up card, with a betting round after each.

In the showdown each player selects his best five cards from the seven available. Beware that the majority of the strong cards are shared by everyone. It usually takes two pairs or better to win this game. See also Pineapple .

 

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