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Understanding Poker

Poker is one of the most popular card games in the world. However, whilst the most common form is now Texas Hold’em, there are a number of other versions around. Each has their own rules and it can be a good idea to know the difference, just in case.

Texas Hold’em

The most common option, Texas Hold’em involves all players being dealt two cards face down – only that player can look at them. An initial three cards will also be placed face-up in the centre of the table. These community cards can be used by all players at the table to create the best possible hand. At this time players will place bets or fold as their hand dictates. For the next two rounds, the dealer will place an additional card in the community card section until there are five cards on display. At this point, all final bets are placed and the winner will be revealed.


Very similar to Texas Hold’em, Omaha has five community cards, but the main difference here is that each player is dealt four cards to their hand. The final hand must be made using only two of the cards held within the players’ hand and three from the community cards. Texas Hold’em, on the other hand, allows players to make an entire hand from the community cards alone.


The name is an acronym of the five poker variants that make up the game – Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Razz, Stud, and Eight or Better. Each round is a different poker variant. Used more and more frequently in tournaments, players believe that playing HORSE showcases their talent a much clearer way than playing a single poker game variant does. Players are required to know all game rules and can demonstrate their skill and strategic prowess throughout each round. With so many poker options available, it is straightforward to find a game that suits the individual player.

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