Most poker variants come with a few common rules of thumb, though they are slightly altered to suit the players at the table. ‘Betting structures’ describes the way the money is laid out at the start of a round, though it is not the only thing that commonly falls by the wayside in poker.
The amount of ‘action’ in poker can vary largely, though most of the time, the standard is bet. ‘Raise’ is when a player chooses to increase the current bet, and the player does this by physically putting the money in the middle of the table. When the round is finished, the pot will be checked over, and the money will be returned to the player who posted the bet, and then the process is started all over again.
‘Call’ is when a player chooses to match the bet previous to him, and then places additional money into the middle of the table in order to keep the game going. Usually, players are called to play in the round by the majority of the players at the table, unless there are no partners yet or in the middle of the round.
Players can also choose to fold, forfeiting their cards and exiting the round. There are some instances that the round will not be completed and instead, the cards will be dealt out until there are only two cards left.
Many poker variants are:
Straight is when a complete hand is given to each of the players at the table, in other words, five cards are dealt to each. Then, the players are asked to make a choice: to bet, to raise or to fold.
The odds are generally the same as regular poker, meaning as well as offering the same pot and showdown outcomes.
- Draw Poker
Draw is a fast game, usually played with a maximum of four players. In this poker game, the players are dealt a complete hand, with the goal of making the best hand possible out of the cards they are dealt.
The cards are dealt to the players in the exact order, and then the players place their bets, raising or folding, as in regular poker.
The round ends when one player has all but one card in his hand to hand, which is an exact order, or when the deck is taken by the dealer.
- Stud Poker
Stud poker is the next type of dewapoker, and the only one that is really becoming popular. This is mainly due to the fact that it is the first poker variant that had a big following.
The goal in this game is to have a good hand of cards that will beat all of the other players. The game is played with the same rules as the previous two discussed, but there are some small changes. Before the dealing of the cards, there is a round of betting, where the first player to the left of the dealer has to bet a certain amount, in this case, $10.
After this, the dealer deals each player three cards, face down, and then places five cards, face up, next to the three cards. In this final phase of the game, there is another round of betting, and the player with the best hand wins.
- Community Card Poker
This is really a variation on Texas Holdem, and usually is played when there are only two players left at the table. This game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards, and is very popular in the United States.
The game starts by the dealer dealing each player two cards face down, and then putting a card in the middle of the table. The card that the dealer put there is referred to as the ‘flop’.
There then begins another round of betting, and the dealer deals the player one more card face up besides the ‘flop’. This is the ‘turn’.
There is another round of betting, and the dealer deals the last card face up beside the ‘flop’ on the ‘end’. This is the ‘river’.
At the end of the final round of betting, the player with the best hand wins. The dealer button is moved to the next player to the left and the cards are shuffled. This is repeated again for two more times, so that each player will have a total of five cards.
The cards are then turned face up, and the player who has the best hand wins. Occasionally, the cards are raised up, to create better hands. This is done in between hands.