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    Title : How to Play Basic Poker - Part II
    Description : To learn how to play basic poker, first learn the rules of poker.
    Keyword : how to play basic poker

    Part I | Part II
    Patience, practice and right policies maketh a poker champ!

    For those unfamiliar with the game of poker, acquaintance with the ‘5-card draw' poker is the easiest way to learn how to play basic poker. All poker hands consist of exactly five cards. Some poker games, like the Seven Card Stud for example, give poker players more than five cards to select from, but the final winning result goes to the player with the best five-card poker hand.

    In the popular stud poker games, the players are all dealt one card at a time or in small groups and they bet money or something, each time they get more cards. They bet that they will end up with the best hand. The players that don't want to bet on their hands any longer can ‘fold' their hands, get out of the contest and forfeit all the bets they have made to that point. At the end, the player the best poker hand, wins all the bets. In draw poker the players bet, then replace the cards they don't like with new ones from the dealer and then bet again.

    So, having already learnt about the rank and order of poker hands in the earlier page, it is now turn to know the rules and strategy of some of the popular poker games like Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Five Card Draw, Five Card Stud and Seven Card Stud. Being familiar with the rules and strategy of poker helps you to know when to ‘hold' your cards and when to ‘fold' them.

    Below, we present some of the rules of the popular poker games:

    Texas Hold'em: Each deal has four betting rounds. First each player is dealt two cards face down. On the next round three community cards (also called ‘shared cards' or ‘widow cards' which are cards dealt face up to the center of the table and shared by all players), that all players can see and use, are placed to the table. On each of the following two betting rounds a new community card is added to the table. Each player can use his/her pocket cards together with the community cards to form the best possible poker hand.

    Omaha High: Rules for this poker game are absolutely the same as Texas Hold'em rules except for two differences: · Each player is dealt four pocket cards. · Each player must use only two pocket cards and three community cards to make the best possible poker hand.

    Five Card Draw: Each player is dealt five cards face down. The player has one chance to throw away any cards, in return for new cards.

    Five Card Stud: Each player is dealt only one card face down and one card face up. Players then place their bets. The dealer then gives each remaining player three more cards face up. The players then choose whether to bet or fold.

    Seven Card Stud: This game is the best game for beginners to learn the art of poker. Each player is dealt two cards face down and one card face up. The player with the low card opens the betting. Each player in turn calls, raises, or folds. On all the remaining rounds, the player with the best hand opens the betting. The next three cards are face up with the last card dealt face down. The pot in stud poker can get pretty high since you are betting on each deal.

    Now that you are familiar with the rank of poker cards, poker hands as well as poker rules, it is time that you get started with the game. Always remember, apart from the above, practice and patience are two vital aspects which can soon transform you from a beginner to a poker champion. Good Luck!