The variations of Poker
Poker, or holdem, is one of the oldest and most popular card games around. It differs from other games in that players do not discard any cards once they are dealt. Instead, each player keeps their remaining hand and begins the hand with the player with the highest cards. These cards are passed around so that each player has to either have the strongest hand possible or the weakest.
Poker basically consists of two different variations: Holdem and Wild Card. A Wild Card is a hand consisting of a pair of cards dealt from the flop. There is usually no strategy involved because the hands are essentially similar, and the winner relies on luck instead of skill. Holdem, or more accurately, “house” poker, is more sophisticated because it requires a lot more strategy and betting knowledge to emerge with a profitable hand.
Holding a strong hand will require the players to use a lot of chips. Typically, when you place your bet for the flop you will have about three to four chips to spend. Then, at the end of the flop, if your hand has improved substantially (including a marginal flush or straight flush) you can call, raise or fold. Your chips can be used for the bets or put in the pot to take your money out. If all the pots are won then the pot is split among the winning players, with the exception of a small portion, which is kept by the house.
In Holdem, the goal is to make the most money with the least amount of chips. A good strategy in Holdem is to always be conservative and only play weakly, especially in the early rounds. One way to go about this is to avoid playing your highest valued hand early in the round. This allows you to play defense, which translates into chips in the long run. Another way to play defensively is to stay in chips until the middle of the table, where you have better chances of getting the action you want.
Stud poker is handset poker, also known as stud poker, dealt simply with five cards face down. The stud poker player sits opposite the action, which occurs in the flop, and doesn’t know the cards that have been dealt to him. Stud poker players usually are not aggressive players, and are best utilized when they are passive aggressive or hold’em only. The advantage to playing stud poker is the fact that, if a player has a great pre-flop strategy, he has a greater chance of winning the pot, than an aggressive player who has not studied how to work the action.
Draw Poker is a variation of stud and hold’em that involves a “draw” hand, which is simply a hand where the total amount of chips still available to the winner is lower than the total number of chips that has been played in the round. Draw Poker is often played after the flop, when action may still be possible. A draw poker game is not “all-in” and requires a certain amount of strategy. A draw poker game is usually played on the flop, when action can still occur.