Poker the game of cards, in which each players hands are ranked by the cards they get. Poker is a game that can be played individually or in groups of multiple players. Each poker game varies in its terms as having different number of cards being dealt, the rankings used, the number of cards that need to be hidden or shown, how many betting rounds would be there and what procedure will the betting rounds go through.
There are various types of poker games being played around the world, each having their own set of rules and betting procedures. Some of the played games are:
- Texas Holdem
- Omaha Hi
- Omaha Hi Lo
- Stud Hi
- Stud Hi lo
- 5 Card Stud
- Draw Poker
- Mixed Games
The game of poker follows two forced bets that are either Big Blind or Small Blind; they are mainly the part of Omaha and Holdem games. This type of forced bets mainly consists of a starting pot which is given in any hand of poker and the first player has to win the hand. The size of the pot is further increased with the preceding actions of the rounds of betting.
In every game of poker when the initial cards are dealt after this player are called upon in turns to act, this moving normally takes place in clockwise direction around the table. Then the players are required to show their hands in their turn not all at the same time. According the rules of the game the pot can be divided between the players in different ways and multiple players are allowed to have a single pot for the game. Player’s hand ranks against their opponent are also decided in such way.
The betting limits in poker game are the quantity of open and raise bets allowed to each player to make. Generally 4 types of limits are given to the poker players:
- No limit
In this type of limit game, the players are allowed to make or raise bet as many times as they want unless their stack gets full in any betting round.
- Pot limit
In this type of limit structure the players can make or raise the bet in amounts that are up to or equal to the size of pot at that time.
- Fixed limit
In this type of betting limit structure, a fixed amount has been allocated to each player for which they can call or raise. This type of betting procedure is decided before the start of the game.
- Spread limit
In this type of betting structure a specified range of bets is given to the player in which he is allowed to call or raise the bet.
The hand ranking in poker games always involves five cards, even if the in seven card stud has seven cards he will be allowed to choose and use the best five out of those cards.