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History of Poker

The origins of Poker are widely uncertain. Some say it originated in China, others in France. Wherever it started the game of Poker has evolved, its history is rich with famous places and people. Like the Wild West period of the United States a poker table could be found in every saloon from one end of the states to the other. Today however Poker is heavily regulated by Gambling laws and instead of saloons we play in Casinos both online and offline. Poker has become the most played card game in the world.

History of Caribbean Stud Poker
Caribbean Stud Poker in its current form dates back to 1987 when a gambler named James Suttle learned the game from a down on his luck poker player while playing Texas Holdem at Binion's Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. The player offered to teach Suttle the game if he would lend him $5,000.00. (James Suttle denies this.) James, who was a friend of casino owner and game developer Danny Jones, gave the man the loan because he knew that he could sell the game to Jones for a hefty profit. Jones owned the King International Casino in Aruba which and began to market the game with minimal success to other casinos and cruise ships. It wasn't until computer engineer Michael Titus told Jones that his game needed a linked progressive Jackpot that the game took off. It is the Jackpot feature that has made the game a long time success among the new casino games.

How to Play Poker

A poker table can seat 2-10 players depending on the type of game. The two players to the left of the dealer put blind bets. The player directly to the dealer's left puts out the small blind while the other player to the dealer's left puts out the big blind.

The dealer then deals every player two cards, face down. These are called hole or pocket cards. The action, or the first move, falls on the player to the left of the big blind. He/she can either call the bet, raise it, or fold. Betting continues around the table, clockwise. After this stage of betting is completed, three cards are dealt face up in the centre of the table, otherwise known as the felt. The first three cards in Texas Hold'em are called the flop. These cards are community cards meaning everyone can use them in combination with their own hole cards to make the best hand.

From the flop on, betting begins with the player to the dealer’s left, who can check or bet. When this betting stage has finished a fourth card is dealt face up onto the felt. This is called fourth street or the turn card. There is then another round of betting, then final card is dealt face up. This card is also called fifth street or the river. A final round of betting occurs. The remaining players show their cards and the person who can make the best five card hand by combining their pocket cards with the cards on the board wins. Sometimes in Texas Hold'em, the five cards making up the board will actually be the best hand, in which case everyone left in the hand divides up the pot.

Poker Hand Rankings

In poker players construct hands of five cards according to predetermined rules, which vary according to which variant of poker is being played.
These hands are compared using a hand ranking system that is standard across all variants of poker; the player with the highest-ranking hand winning that particular deal in most variants of poker. In some variants the lowest-ranking hand can win or tie.

Royal Flush
Ace high straight flush A,K,Q,J,10 – this is the highest poker hand ranking.
Straight Flush
Five cards in sequence of the same suit 2,3,4,5,6
Four of a Kind
Four cards that are the same rand and one left over card (a kicker).
If two players have the same four cards the player with the highest kicker wins.
Full House
Three of a kind together with a pair. The highest three of a kind wins.
Five cards with the same suit. If two players have a flush the one with the highest card wins.
A sequence of five cards. Whoever has the straight with the highest card wins.
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same kind and two other kicker cards that are different.
Two Pairs
Two pairs. The player with the highest two pairs wins. Kicker card breaks a tie.
One Pair
A pair. The player with the highest pair wins. Kickers break a tie.
High Card
A hand that does not have any poker hand ranking value at all is judged by its highest card. If somehow two players are showing down with a high card and have the same high card, the second highest card breaks the tie, etc.

Types of Poker

The difference between Texas Hold'em and Omaha is that the participant receives 4 hole cards in Omaha. Having 2 extra cards almost make sure that there is a best hand possible. The Hi/Low versions make these various poker games even more fun. This spurs the betting on as the hitting hand bets wildly to eliminate the chasers.

7 Card Stud
It comes with both Hi and Low versions. 2 cards are first distributed face down and then one with its face up. Each player receives one more card face up after the first round of betting. This recurs till all the participants in the hand have 4 up cards and 2 down cards. The final betting round takes place at this juncture.

5 Card Stud
The game can be played with between two and five players. Betting in Five Card Draw consists of an initial Ante, followed by two rounds of betting. Each player in a game of Draw receives five cards face down, and may discard or draw up to five cards after the first betting round. The player with the highest five-card poker hand at showdown wins the pot.

Instead of trying to get the winning hand, you are rooting for the worst hand possible. You can scoop the pot in Razz with A-2-3-4-6-7-8. The method of dealing and betting is the same as 7 stud, the difference is that you need the lowest ranked hand to win.

Texas Holdem / Hold’ Em
Texas Holdem is by far and away the most popular poker game played around the world, both online and in casinos. The game can be played anywhere from two to ten players, and is well liked because of its fast paced game play and simple rules. A round of Texas Holdem consists of four betting rounds. Each player receives two cards face down (hole cards), and five community cards dealt face up for all players to use. The player with the highest five card poker hand wins the pot.

Caribbean Stud Poker
As a result of the popularity of poker, casinos created this house banked game. To play, every player places his ante on the layout where indicated; all ante wagers must be placed prior to the dealer announcing "No more bets". Each player and the dealer then receive five cards, dealt face down. The dealer will turn over one of his cards, then push the cards toward the players, after which the players may look at their cards. They may only look at their own cards, and may not discuss what they have with any other player at the table.
Players have the option to play or fold; if they choose to play, they place their bets (twice the amount of their respective ante) in the bet box. If they choose to fold, they forfeit their ante. After all the players have made their decisions, the dealer reveals his hole cards. The dealer only plays with an ace/king or higher; they then compare their cards to the other players' cards (individually, right to left), and the players' hands that beat the dealer's qualifying hand wins.

Poker Glossary

Required bet by all players to join the hand, and ensures a pot for the hand. There are no antes in games played with blinds.

To commit an amount of money or chips to the pot in turn during a betting phase. If called or raised, a bet is placed in the pot.

Big Bet
The value of one turn and river bet in a limit game

Big Blind
The larger of two bets that are placed before receiving cards. When blinds are used this bet is placed by the player in second position (the player to the left of the small blind). In limit poker, it is usually half of the small bet

A large button that is usually passed, to the left, from player to player each hand to indicate what player the dealer is dealing for.

To match an opponent’s bet and commit the same amount of money or chips to the pot.

This indicates that the player wishes to stay in the hand but not commit any more chips to the hand. This can only be done when the bet to the player does not require any more money or chips be committed to the pot.

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House of Cards

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Poker Quotes

It is better to make people think you are a bad poker player, then to play and remove all doubt. Don't play to impress, play to win.
Michael Gersitz, Professional Online Poker Player

Ida and Pearl, the two Jewish broads from Cheyenne, that's how they were known. One of my first memories of my grandmother is of her trying to teach me how to play poker when I couldn't even see the table. I'd dress up and try to go gambling with the old ladies, and for some reason they'd let me in.
Gina Gershon, American Film and Television Actress

The strong point in poker is never to lose your temper, either with those you are playing with or, more particularly, with the cards. There is no sympathy in poker. Always keep cool. If you lose your head you will lose all your chips.
William J. Florence, Author

With spots quadrangular of diamond form, ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife, and spades, the emblems of untimely graves.
William Cowper, English Poet and Hymnodist

Poker is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you could find outside an advertising agency.
Raymond Chandler, Anglo-American Novelist and Screenwriter

Ninety percent of the hands aren't shown in a poker game.
Doyle Brunson, Professional Poker Player and Online Casino Owner

POKER, A game said to be played with cards for some purpose to this lexicographer unknown.
Ambrose Bierce, American Journalist

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Poker Jokes

Is There a Dr. in the House?
Dr. Jones and his wife are enjoying a meal at their favourite restaurant when the doctor’s phone starts ringing.
Jones answers and its his friend Dr. Smith. “Bob, one of our poker regulars dropped out and we need a fourth, you need to get over here now”
says Dr. Smith. Dr. Jones replies, “I’m on my way” and runs to the door, grabbing his coat on the way.

His wife, used to this sort of thing says, “Darling is it serious?”
Jones, halfway out the door turns to his wife and says “Yes darling, very serious.
In fact there’s a team of doctors there already!”

Single Hand Clutch
Six men were playing poker when Brown loses $500 on a single hand, clutches his chest and drops dead at the table.
Jones looks around and asks, "Who is going to tell his wife?" They draw straws. Smith, picks the short one.
They ask him to be discreet, and break it to her gently. "Gentlemen! Discreet? Discretion is my middle name, leave it to me."

Smith walks over to the Brown household, knocks on the door, the wife answers, and asks what he wants.
Smith says, "Your husband just lost $500 playing cards." She hollers, "TELL HIM TO DROP DEAD!"
Smith says, "I'll tell him.

Bring Your Own
Did you hear about the blonde who brought a bag of frozen french fries to a poker game?
Someone told her to bring her own chips.