The Game Known as
Poker

What once started as a recreational activity
in the basements of friends’ houses, has now become one of the most competitive
international games world-wide, with players winning (and losing) up to
millions of dollars from live tournaments as well as online on portals
specifically designed just for Poker. To some, this is their only form of
income.

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Poker is one of the many types of card games
played using a 52-card deck in Casinos because it is a combination of elements
of strategy and gambling. The general consensus is that it is a game of chance,
but skills and knowledge play a big part too. All poker variations involve
gambling or betting as a fundamental fragment of play. In order to win a game
of Poker, a player needs to have a certain ‘hand’ i.e. the highest of the 10
different hands played in the game on their cards. Betting is the main aim of
the game and winning money is the prize.

There are many variants of the game, however
the more popular ones played in Casinos are Texas Hold ‘Em, and its two
variations – Pineapple and Crazy Pineapple and Seven Card Stud.

The Rules of The Game

In most contemporary poker games, the initial
or starting round begins with betting, called a ‘blind’ (or ante). If
you believe your hand is worth a higher rank than everyone else, you bet a
higher amount and vice versa, or sometimes players can bluff too by
doing the opposite – bet low when stakes are high or vice versa.

Once that’s done the next person proceeds
clockwise until everyone has had a turn. 
They don’t necessarily have to bet, they can also:

  • Call
    – matching the
    maximum previous bet
  • Raise – raising the bet amount on the table
  • Fold
    – losing their
    cards and any money betted so far and you get dealt a new hand.

Once all players have ‘folded’ or ‘called’ the
last bet, the round ends. If everyone folds except for one player, he gets the
winnings, and does not need to show his cards. But if there are 2 players that
did not fold, this is called a ‘show-down’, which means the players need
to reveal their cards and the individual with the highest ranked cards gets to
keep the winnings.

On the other hand, if one of the players makes
a bet and none of the opponents choose to ‘call’ i.e. matches the bet,
and all the players fold their cards, then that’s the end of the round, all
cards are taken and news ones are dealt.

Only on the first round are bets to be made towards the pot, after this it is up to the player to bet or not, depending on the hand (cards) he/she has. Even though the game is one of chance, the end result is determined by game theory (and practice), probability and psychology.

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The Different Poker Hand Rankings

Hand rankings are basically a setting of five
cards that players usually have at all times in their ‘pocket’. The hierarchy
is: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 and according to
statistics there are almost 311,875,200 combinations to deal a hand of five
cards.

There are 9 different categories of hands in
any Poker Game from the strongest hand to the weakest one. Learn more about
these here:

  • Royal
    Flush
    – The strongest
    hand i.e. it cannot be beaten by any opponent. The hand comprises of an ace,
    king, queen, jack and ten all of a similar suit.
  • Straight
    flush
    – This is when
    Five of your cards are in a sequence, but of the same suit. So, for example
    5,6,7,8,9 all of cloves.
  • Four
    of a kind
    – Here only Four
    of your cards need to be of the same rank, and the fifth one, called the ‘kicker’.
    To win, your kicker needs to be higher than any other players card.
  • Full
    house
    – to win you
    must have at least three cards of the same rank for example ‘K, K, K’,
    and two cards of a different, matching rank for example ’10,10’. The
    player with the highest of the three matching cards wins.
  • Flush – When you have five cards of the same suit
    like Q,8,6,4,3 but they are all hearts or cloves. These don’t necessarily need
    to be in sequence but they must be from the same suit. Highest ranked cards win.
  • Straight
    – opposite of the
    flush, as all five cards need be in sequence of numbers but not necessarily
    suits.
  • Three
    of a kind
    – If you have three
    cards from the same rank i.e. ‘J, J, J’ and the other two don’t need to match
    those. The highest ‘kicker’ wins.
  • Two
    pair
    – Two identical cards
    of a matching rank, so ‘6,6’ or ’10,10’ but not from the same suit.
  • Pair – If two cards are from a matching rank but
    the other three aren’t. For example, ‘A’ from a heart and ‘A’ from cloves.
  • High
    card
    – If a player
    has a high-card in their hand, like an ‘ace’ or ‘king’ and all the other
    opponents have weaker cards, then you win.

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Playing Poker Online

As mentioned above, this game has also become
popular online. With people playing against each other and from all the
different countries. Computer programs have been designed to play the game
against either human opponents or against a ‘poker bot’ or ‘bot’.

Although popular poker sites’ terms and
conditions of poker generally forbid the use of these bots, it would depend on
the site’s operator. Some countries do not allow this game to be played online
or elsewhere altogether, particularly these five countries: Japan, Israel,
Singapore, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and North Korea. And in other
countries like Sweden   there is a whole
other category of online gaming. Visit sites like casinoutanspelpauslicens.se as there are online gambling sites that are
not licenced.

However, with this option available, the
demand for poker players has grown tremendously and as such so has revenue
generated from it. One online
source stating that from a revenue of $82.7 million in 2001 it grew to $2.4
billion in 2005. That’s one in every 4 dollars, that is being gambled on online
platforms like these.

About The Author

vipul

Vipul is a professional blogger and online advertiser based out of Bengaluru, India. Always in a quest for new ways to make money, Vipul detail out all possible opportunities that can help anyone to earn passive income online. You can connect on Twitter, Linkedin & Facebook

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