Poker is any of the many card games where players bet over what hand actually is best, rather than on whether they “know” the hand ranking. You don’t have a pack of cards, you just deal with combinations of cards dealt from a deck. If you can play poker, then poker is a game for you. There are a couple of different types of poker, including Omaha and Five Card Stud.
In Omaha, as in most Omaha games, it is possible to end the game (usually by a pot being raised high, forcing the other two players to fold) by having the highest card is drawn, or “kicker”, emerge as the winning hand. Usually, this happens when there are at least four people remaining and one player has an ace in the hand. The kicker must call, raise, or fold before the final bet is made, at which time anyone with an ace raises the total amount raised to cover it. That player with the “ace” becomes the new highest card, and thus the new “poker star”. If nobody has an ace, then it is now time to reveal your hand, and you must either call or raise, or else lose.
Some Omaha Poker rules, in addition to the above, include a mandatory pre-flop betting of at least three credits against the pot; this is called a straight flush. Straight flushes occur when a player bets the same amount as his starting hand, and then bets higher amounts in each of his hands. Players may call and raise, stay in the game, or fold. Once the last person folding has gone out, the dealer will announce a final round of betting, at which point all players must surrender their cards and fold face down. After this, the pot will be raised to its maximum size, and the players will be dealt another five cards face down.
At this point, if any player has raised all of the chips and does not have an ace or a two-card value hand, the pot will be reduced by the collective amount of all of the player’s bets, but no more than the starting hand represents. If there is still a bet left after all of the bets have been made, then the pot will be reduced to the starting hand value. It is now time for the flop, where players may place any number of chips in the pot to make up their bets. Before the flop, the pot may be increased by the amount of bets made during the pre-flop session. At the end of the flop, the pot will decrease again, and only the player who has the biggest amount of chips will win.
After the ante has been called, it is time for action. During the betting session, each player would write down what he or she has in the pot and the name of the pot before raising, calling, or folding. Once all players have written down their bet, the dealer will deal five cards face down and then draw seven from the deck. The players would then all raise the money, except for the blinds, and the dealer would then deal three cards face up, and pass the pot to the person with the biggest amount of chips. The blinds would have placed their bet prior to the hand drawing, and if they did not have any chip to play with, they would now be the blinds. The pot can never increase after this point.
There are many variations on the above mentioned card games, and the rules of the game would obviously vary for each variation. There are several different types of tournaments too. There are Omaha tournaments, Texas Holdem Tournaments, and Five Card Stud Hi-Lo Tournaments. While most tournaments are played within a single sitting, some are played over a series of weeks or months. There are also special “specialty” tournaments like Caribbean Poker Tour and World Poker Tour.