Poker is a popular card game found in casinos, which most people already have some knowledge of having played with friends in someone’s house or a club. One of the reasons it’s so popular is because it’s a community game, each player is directly competing with other players. The dealer will simply take the role of a card dealer, but without any influence on the outcome of a game.
This game is about achieving the best possible card combination according to the five-card rules. The deck used is the French one, which has the numbers two to ten, the classic J, Q and K figures, and the Ace, all of which are made of diamonds, spades, clubs, and hearts.
The values of the cards could be modified, although in most of the poker variants it would be with an inverse scale, meaning that the Ace is the highest and then in descending order, the K, the Q, the J and the rest of the numbers in the corresponding sequence.
One of the hand combinations that can be achieved is to get a certain amount of equal numbers. By having two cards of identical value, you get what is called a pair, for example. If this is obtained with two different values, two pair are formed. Putting three together is known as a leg, trio, or three of a kind.
Other combinations are specific to a set of five cards: a Straight, Full House, and a Flush.
A straight consists of five cards of correlative value. For example, 7, 8, 9, 10, and J. The full house consists of combining a three of a kind with a pair. The Flush is made up of five cards of the same suit no matter what the numbers are diamonds, clubs, spades or hearts.
The highest hand that can be obtained in Poker is the Royal Flush achieved by getting 10, J, Q, K, and As of the same suit. In order of importance following a Royal Flush, would be
Straight Flush: Five cards in a sequence, all in the same suit.
Four of a Kind: Four of the same cards equal in rank.
Full House: Three of a kind and a pair.
Flush: Five cards of the same suit.
Straight: Five cards of correlative value.
Three of a kind: Three out of five cards equal in rank.
Two Pair: Two sets of five cards equal in rank.
Pair: Two cards out of five equal in rank.
If you are looking for a casino to play Poker in Buenos Aires Capital, we would suggest heading to the port. Popularly known as a floating casino, Casino Puerto Madero has an abundance of tournaments as well as sit ‘n go cash tables. We would also recommend Trilenium Casino in Tigre, located 45 minutes outside of CABA in the province of Buenos Aires.
Understanding Different Types of Poker Variants
Most Poker variations have similarities in the sense that the dealer has no other part to play then dealing the cards, keeping the table of players in order and acting more like the table official. The betting rounds are similar, and the poker hand rankings will largely coincide, except for Omaha Hi/Lo.
It is important to emphasize that the essence of the game in all of them is the same. The players will continue to compete with each other. The betting rounds will be roughly similar. The most relevant point is that the values of each hand will largely coincide, except for the Omaha Hi/Lo.
Texas Hold ’em is the most popular type of Poker globally. Finding a game no matter which city you might be in around the world isn’t so difficult. Texas Hold ’em consists of each player receiving two cards, otherwise known as “hole cards” which are placed face down on the table in front of the player, the two cards dealt to each player can only be used by the receiving player. The dealer then deals five community cards face up. These are known as community cards. The community cards are dealt over a number of rounds, the first three community cards dealt are known as “The Flop” once players have completed either betting or folding, the next community card to be dealt is called “The Turn” another round of betting or folding takes place, and then the final card (The River) is dealt completing the round.
Players have options to check, raise, or fold. When there is only one player left who has not folded, that player is the winner. However, when more than one player has bet the same amount, the winner is determined as having the best possible five-card combination and takes the entire pot. However, there will not always be a winner, as there may be a tie in which case the pot is divided and paid to the drawn players.
Another well-known version of Poker is Omaha. It is very similar in general terms. To begin with, the values of possible hands are the same. There will be two minimum mandatory bets called the Big and Small Blinds. One of the things that are repeated is that to continue with a game, the bets of all participants must be equal.
Players will change their turns in a clockwise direction. One more detail to mention that you can also see in Texas Hold ’em is that you will know who is sitting to the left of the Big Blind, known as “Under the gun” or “UTG.” This seat will be the “first to act” when the initial cards have been dealt.
Returning to this point in the card deal is where you can see the most significant difference from Texas Hold ’em. In Omaha, each player will be dealt four cards of his own, not two. The community elements will still be five. Another thing that will remain is the way they will be presented. That is, in three different actions – the flop, the turn, and the river.
Here too, five cards must be put together to get a winning combination. The rules indicate that players can complete their move by using only two of their cards and three of the community cards.
Pot limit forces players to bet in a more structured in their gameplay. Here, the minimum raises will correspond to the value of the Big Blind. This means that if the Big Blind is set at 100, a participant cannot post 50. There is also a maximum amount if an existing bet is increased. This is where the name of this type of Poker comes from. Pot-limit translates as “limit of the pot,” which means that the highest value that can be bet is the accumulated pot in that game. For example, if you reach the river with a total of 500, that will be the amount a player will have as a ceiling in case he wants to raise his bet at that moment.
Omaha Hi/Lo and Omaha/8
Another variant of Omaha poker is Omaha Hi/Lo, which doesn’t share all the similarities of the poker variants above. How Hi/Lo differs is in the gameplay, not only will the highest hand win money, but the lowest hand will win money as well. Even the total bets accumulated in the pot will be divided into two equal parts. If there is no low hand, the one with the best high hand will take the whole pot.
Omaha/8 or Omaha 8-or-better is a winning hand consisting of five different cards ranked eight or below, forming a low hand. The value of each hand is counted in the traditional way, using instead the “Ace to five,” also called “California,” as the main method. Here the best possible combination is 5.4, 3, 2, and Ace.
7 Card Stud Poker
In 7 Stud, each player will receive seven cards in total, the process in which is slightly more complicated, players will initially receive three cards, one of which will be face up. The one with the minimum value will be the first one to act in that betting round.
Then a fourth card will be dealt, also face up. From then on, the one who acts first will be the one who makes the best poker hand. The fifth card is then dealt face up. Then the sixth card once again is visible to all. Once this has happened, the seventh and last card will be dealt to each participant but face down.
When this point is reached, each participant will have three cards that can only be seen by themselves and four that will be visible to all players. The winner is the one with the best combination of five cards.
Differing from other poker variants, Chinese Poker has a lot of chance added rather than skill. It’s a great game to play for anyone who understands basic poker hand rankings, which allows less experienced poker players a higher chance of winning a few rounds against more experienced players.
Although the values of the hands are the same as traditional poker hands, there is a massive change in the presentation of the hands. Chinese Poker is played with the classic 52-card deck, and each player receives 13 cards per hand. With the number of players limited to four participants per game.
Once each player has received their 13 cards, they must then divide their cards into three different hands. This is called “Setting” two hands consisting of five cards and a third hand comprised of three cards. The two hands consisting of five cards each are called the “middle” and the “back,” and the one hand of three cards called the “front.”
This is where it gets interesting!
The highest value five cards out of the 13 received must constitute the back hand, which is then placed face down on the playing table, the middle hand is then placed above the back hand, and the front hand (3 cards) is placed above the middle hand. All cards are placed face down. Once all players have completed the “setting,” each player must announce royalties before the hand can continue. Announcing a royalty would be announcing a high-value hand, i.e., a straight, a full house, etc. should one of the four players get three flushes or straights, the hand is awarded to the player and the next hand is dealt. Stakes are decided upon before the game starts. In Chinese Poker stakes are known as units. The winner(s) from each hand collects one unit from each player by having a higher value front, middle and back, meaning unlike other poker variants, there can be a runner up if a player doesn’t win all three hands in one game.