Poker the Ginormous Game!

Poker: from Middle Low German ‘poken’ – to bluff, brag, play. It’s been around a long time and it’s here to stay.

Playing Poker is Very Easy.

Pick up the basics before you wax your moustache, or put on your frilly frock, to hit the playing tables. Suggestion: grasping the rudiments of Texas Hold’em gives you a good grounding for other poker games.

Texas Hold’em basics

You’re dealt 2 hole cards, face down; you bet. Then comes the Fluff: three cards dealt face up into the middle of the table; you bet again; call; raise; fold.
The fourth card dealt on to the Fluff is the Turn. You bet again, or not. The fifth card dealt is the River, making up the five “Community Cards” To Win, Get the Best Five Card Hand You Can.

Limit Hold’em

The same rules apply, except that you bet to a pre-arranged limit.

Pot-limit Hold’em

As it says on the tin, your maximum bet is limited to what’s in the pot at the time you make your bet.

No Limit Texas Hold’em

The opposite of Limit Hold’em, this game is for the high rollers. Choose wisely when you’re looking for a poker room for this game, they might be some sharks swimming around and you’re likely to be out of your depth.

Pot-limit Omaha

You get your cards the same way they’re dealt in Hold’em, but 4 rather than 2. The five Community Cards are dealt face up. To make a hand you must use 2 of your 4 hole cards.

7 Card Stud

This has pace, and differs from both Texas Hold’em and Omaha, but you do need patience. It’s a rewarding and exciting game.

7 Card Stud Hi/Lo

This is almost exactly like 7 Card Stud. The difference? The pot is divided between a high hand, as in 7 Card Stud, and a low hand, being five cards that start at eight or below. Easy does it! There’s no pressure. If you don’t like your cards, fold! Folding doesn’t cost you a cent.