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School of poker

Hold'em - A quick look

The Texas Hold'em is the most popular version of the game of poker played around the world. If you're just starting out, Hold'em is the game to learn.
Playing Texas Hold'em goes through four sequential rounds of betting: pre-flop, on the flop, the turn and the river. Each of these rounds is described below in a separate section.
To start the hand, the deck is shuffled, the blinds are posted and each player is dealt two cards face down, his hole cards. There is a round of betting that is limited to one bet and three raises (in limit games).
When this first round of betting action is complete the dealer will place three cards face up on the table. These three cards are called the flop. All cards dealt face-up on the table are community cards. That means that they 'belong' to all players and may be used by any player in any combination with his hole cards to make his best possible poker hand.
The flop is followed by another round of betting. In limit games this second round of betting is the last round at the lower limit. After this round all bets and raises will be at the higher limit.
After this on the flop action is complete the dealer will place a fourth card, face-up, on the table. This is the turn card and is another community card that any player may combine in any way. After the turn card is dealt there is a third round of betting. This third round of betting is at the higher limit in limit games. When the action on the turn is complete the last card, the river card, is dealt face-up on the board.
After the deal of the river card, the fourth and last round of betting begins. As with the other round this round is limited to one bet and three raises. When the action is complete, the pot is awarded to the best hand.
Once the pot has been awarded, the dealer button is moved one position in a clockwise direction, the blinds are posted and another hand begins.

Before we start please find an explanation of some of the terms we will be using to explain how to play Texas Hold'em:


Action

The betting. When it is said that the action is to a certain player it means it is his turn to act. He may bet, check, raise or fold.


Action Pointer

A ray of light that points to the player who is next to act.


Bet, Check, Raise, Fold

As the action for a particular round begins, each player in turn has the option to fold, which is to throw his hand away and sit out the current hand, check, that means pass the action without putting money in the pot, or to bet. The first person to put money in the pot on any given round of betting is the bettor. After this first bet is made, subsequent players have three choices; call (put an amount that matches the bet into the pot), raise (put an amount that is equal to twice the bet into the pot) or fold (when a player folds he surrenders his cards and removes himself from contention for the pot). After a raise has been made, subsequent players also have three choices; call the raise, re-raise or fold.


Blinds

These are forced bets that begin the action. In Hold'em there are two blinds. The Small Blind is placed by the player to the left of the dealer button and is half the amount of the Big Blind.


Flop

After the first round of betting the dealer places three cards on the board face-up. These three cards are community cards and are called the flop.


Community Cards

These are the cards that are dealt face-up on the board. They may be used in any amount in any player's hand to make his best poker hand. Click here to see a complete list and ranking of all recognized Hold'em poker hands.


Dealer Button

In Hold'em there is a button that rotates around the table in a clockwise direction. Cards are dealt in a clockwise direction starting with the player to the immediate left of the dealer button. After the hand is completed and the pot awarded, the dealer moves the Dealer Button to the player to the immediate left of the player who just had it. This is done, because there is an advantage to having to act last and so each player gets his fair share of early, late and middle positions.


Pots

Where all the bets and raises are collected. This is the pile of chips in the center of the table. Players are in the game to win the pot.


Turn

The turn card is the 4th community card and is placed on the table after the betting on the flop is complete. The betting on the turn is the third round of betting and at twice the stakes of the first two rounds.


River

The last round of betting and the last, 5th, community card. When the river card is placed on the board, the dealing is done. When the betting on the river is complete, the hand is over and the pot is awarded.
In the text and graphics below you will see a clear demonstration of the look of the table and the conduct of play for each of the four rounds of betting in a typical limit Hold'em game.

Poker School 1

Hold'em - A quick demonstration

In Texas Hold'em there is an advantage in having a late position at the table. The advantage is that players in a late position get to act after players in earlier positions and thus have information about the other players' intentions. Because of this advantage the cards are dealt and action begins from a dealer button that rotates around the table in a clockwise direction. This rotation takes the blinds, early, middle and late position to all players equally.
For each hand of Texas Hold'em; the cards are shuffled, the dealer button is placed, the blinds are posted and two cards are dealt face down to every active player at the table beginning with the first player in a clockwise (to the left) direction from the dealer button. These two cards are each player's hole or private cards.
After the cards are dealt, the pre-flop betting action begins. On this round and this round only, the betting begins with the first player to the left (clockwise) from the big blind. On all subsequent round the action begins with the first player to the left of the dealer button.
In limit Hold'em the big blind is equal to a small bet. The small blind is half of the big blind. In the game pictured above the stakes are 0.02EUR/0.04EUR. The big blind is 0.04EUR, which is equal to a small bet and the small blind is 0.02EUR, which is equal to half of the big blind.

In the pre-flop graphic above DP_jnxh holds the dealer button. The player DP_cfdc posted the little blind and DP_ciravolo posted the big blind.
From our pre-flop graphic you can see that the player DP_stadiobarone has call the Big Blind the following players must also call the Big Blind if they want to continue this hand (if none of them raise or fold ).
When this round of betting is complete the dealer will place the three cards that are the flop, face-up, on the board and the action on the flop will begin.

Pre-Flop Tip for Beginners:
The most common mistake in Hold'em is to play too many hands pre-flop. Be very selective in the hands you play before the flop. Good players throw away/fold far more hands than they play.
Poker School 2

In Texas Hold'em, five community cards are placed on the board face-up. The first three of those cards are called the flop and are placed on the board as soon as the pre-flop betting is complete. Community cards are cards that each and every player at the table may combine with his hole cards to make his best possible 5-card poker hand.

On the Flop Tip for Beginners:
In this example, if a player has flopped a set of 9s and should definitely continue with the hand. If the flop doesn’t match your hole cards in any way and you don’t have a very high pair in the hole, then you should fold. On the flop you have 5 of a possible seven cards and without a strong hand or a strong draw it is unwise to continue to put money into the pot.
In limit games the stakes double on the turn. The game shown is a 0.02 €/0.04 € game so all bets and raises on the turn and river will be for 0.04 €.
When the betting action on the turn is complete, the river card, the final card, is placed on the board and the last round of betting begins.
In this particular game, you might note that the player DP_FG0502 has elected to take a break and sit out. At any time any player may elect to sit out and take a short break. Players are allowed to be away from the table for the time it takes to deal 3 hands, usually about 5 minutes. Should a player stay away longer he is removed from the table and the value of his chips is returned to his account.
In all cash games a small fee called the 'Rake' is collected, which is usually 5 percent of the total bets, with a maximal of 5 € per game. However, the percentage and amount of rake can be a slightly higher or lower depending on the table you are playing at. The rake begins from the flop.

Turn

Poker School 3
A Turn Tip for Beginners:
On the turn, bets will have doubled and players need a very strong reason to continue in the hand. With only 1 more card to come, knowledge of pot-odds, implied-odds and what constitutes an overlay will help you know whether or not or how to continue in the hand.

River

Poker School 4

The last card, the river card, the king of spades has been dealt and the last round of betting is about to begin.
There are four players left in the game shown above.

A River Tip for Beginners:

With very big pots on the river, players often have the pot odds that can justify a value bet or call or even a pure bluff.
Be very selective in the hands you play.
Learn to estimate and use pot-odds, implied-odds and overlays.

Top poker pros agree that good poker manners make good poker sense, make the game more enjoyable and can add to your poker bottom line. Professional players know that angering or offending other players can sometimes cause an otherwise very loose player to play more conservatively, a bad player to play better and when the game flow is adversely affected he sees fewer hands/opportunities per hour.

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When you're playing poker, you may come across words that are unfamiliar. To help you learn the lingo of poker, we've developed a handy glossary of poker terms. To help you understand the relationships between these terms, we've built links between many of them. Simply press your browser's 'back' button to return to your previous position in the glossary.

Poker Glossary

Aces Full

A full house with three aces and any pair

Ace-high

A five-card hand that contains one Ace, with no straight or flush or a hand with no pair in it

Aces Up

A hand that contains two pairs, one of which is a pair of Aces

Act

An intentional tell intended to give false information about a hand

Action

Checking/Betting/Raising. A game in which players are playing a lot of pots is considered an 'action' game

Active Player

Any player who is still in the hand

Aggressive

Adjective to describe a player who raises and re-raises and rarely calls.

Ajax

The name of an Ace and Jack in the pocket, suited or otherwise

All-in

When a player bets all his/her chips

American Airlines

Two Aces

Angle

An action that isn't against the rules, but still incorporates unfair tactics

Angle-shooting

Using unfair tactics

Ante

Money placed in the pot before the hand is begun

Bad Beat

When a hand is beaten by a lucky draw

Backdoor

Making a hand other than the one intended. Example: Having J/10 of Clubs with a flop of A of Clubs, 5 of Clubs, 6 of Spades. The turn and river are K & Q of Hearts. You made a straight instead of the intended (and more likely) flush

Backraise

A re-raise from a player who originally called

Bankroll

The amount of money you have

Belly Buster

A draw and/or catch to an Inside Straight

Bet

To place chips into the pot

Bet Odds

The odds you get as a result of evaluating the number of callers to a raise

Bet the Pot

When a player bets the amount of the pot

Bicycle or Bike

A straight: A-2-3-4-5

Big Blind

A designated amount that is placed by the player sitting in the second
position, clockwise from the dealer, before any cards are dealt. (Players joining a game in progress must post a Big Blind, but may do so from any position.)

Big Slick

A hand that contains an A-K

Blank

A useless card

Blind

The bet(s) that must be made by the two players sitting directly to the
dealer's left which will start the action on the first round of betting. The
blinds are posted before any cards are dealt. (A 'Blind' bet is one that is
made without looking at your cards.)

Blind Raise

When a player raises without looking at his hand

Bluff

To make other players believe that one has a better hand than he/she might otherwise have, by betting or raising

Boardcards

The cards that are dealt face-up in a poker game for all players to see. In flop games, five cards are dealt face-up in the center of the table. In 7 Card Stud, four cards are dealt face-up in front of each player

Boat

A full house

Bottom Pair

When a player uses the lowest card on the flop to make a pair with one of his own cards

Broadway

An Ace high straight (A-K-Q-J-10)

Bring-in

The forced bet made on the first round of betting by the player who is dealt the lowest card shown in 7 Card Stud and Stud 8 or Better. In Razz (Lowball) it is the highest card shown.

Bring It In

To start the betting on the first round

Broomcorn's Uncle

A player who antes himself broke

Bullets

A pair of Aces

Bump

To raise

Button

Also known as the dealer button, it is a small round disk that is moved from player to player in a clockwise direction following each hand, to theoretically indicate the dealer of each hand

Buy-in

The minimum amount of money required by a player to sit down in a particular poker game

Call

Matching the bet amount

Call Cold

To call both a bet and raise(s)

Calling Station

A passive and loose player who does not raise much, but calls more than he or she should.

Cap

To take the last of the maximum amount of raises allowed per round of betting.

Cardroom

The room or space in a casino where poker is played.

Cards Speak

Your hand is the most favourable possible combination of cards, no matter how you call it.

Case Chips

A player's last chips.

Cash Out

To leave a game and converting chips into cash.

Check

When it's a player's turn to act and there has been no action in front of him and he opts not to bet, he 'checks.'

Check-raise

When a player first checks and then raises in a betting round.

Chop

To return the blinds to the players who posted them and move on to the next hand if no other players call. It also means to 'split the pot'.

Dead Man's Hand

Two pair - Aces and Eights (The hand Wild Bill Hickock was holding when Jack McCall shot him in the back).

Dealer

The man or woman who handles the cards, gives out the pots, and monitors the game.

Dealer's Position

Being the last to act in a betting round. On the button.

Diamonds

One of the four playing card suits. Formerly representing merchants.

Disconnect Protection

A tool to protect players in the event that their internet connection is lost while involved in a pot.

Dominated Hands

Hands that are okay to play, but tend to lose against similar
non-straight/flush hands. Example: A2 is dominated because against other hands with an Ace, it loses or draws without improvement.

Door Card

This is the first exposed card, or 'up' card, in a player's hand in Stud games.

Down Card

Hole cards, or cards that are dealt face down.

Doyle Brunson

It's a Hold'em hand consisting of a 10-2 (Brunson won the World Championship of Poker two years in a row with these cards).

Draw Lowball

Form of poker where each player is dealt five cards with the option of discarding one or more and replacing them with new ones - the low hand wins.

Draw Poker

Form of poker where each player is dealt five cards down, with the option of discarding one or more and replacing them with new ones to attempt to make a better hand.

Drawing

Playing a hand to improve.

Drawing Dead

A drawing hand that will lose even if it improves.

Drawing Hand

A hand that needs improvement to win. Usually to a straight or flush.

Drop

Fold

Ducks

A pair of Twos

Deuces

A pair of Twos

Early Position

Position on a round of betting, where the player must act before most of the other players at the table. (It's considered the two positions located to the left of the Blinds.)

Fifth Street

Also known as the 'river' card. In flop games, this represents the fifth community card on the table and the final round of betting. In Stud games, this is the fifth card dealt to each player and represents the third round of betting.

Five-card Draw

A poker game in which each player is dealt five cards down. They have one draw to replace them and the best high hand wins the pot.

Five-card Stud

A poker game in which each player is dealt five cards, one down and four up, with betting after 2, 3, 4, & 5 cards.

Flat Call

Calling a bet without raising.

Flop

In Hold'em and Omaha, the first three community cards that are dealt face-up in the center of the table, all at one time. The 'flop' also indicates the second round of betting

Flop Games

Poker games (Hold'em and Omaha) that are played using community cards that are dealt face-up in the center of the table.

Floorman

An employee of the cardroom who makes rulings and decisions

Flush

Any five cards of the same suit

Flush Draw

When a player has four cards in his hand, all of the same suit and is hoping to draw a fifth to make a flush

Fold

To throw your hand away when it's your turn to act

Forced Bet

A required bet that starts the action on the first round of a poker
hand.

Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same number or face value ('quads').

Fourth Street

In flop games, it is the fourth community card dealt (also known as the 'turn') and represents the third round of betting. In stud games, it is the fourth card dealt to each player and represents the second round of betting.

Free Card

The card you get as a result of semi-bluffing from late or last position so that all the players check to you.

Full House

Any three cards of the same number or face value, plus any other two cards of the same number or face value

Grinding

Playing in a style with minimal risk and modest gains over a long period of time.

Gut Shot

To draw to and/or hit an inside straight.

Hand

A player's best five cards.

Heads-up

When only two players are involved with a hand.

Hearts

One of the four playing card suits.

High-card

To decide the first dealer in the flop tournaments each user is dealt a
single card and the player with the highest card (based on the card and the suit order - of spades, hearts, diamonds & clubs) becomes the theoretical dealer.

High Limit

A game where the amounts wagered are high.

Hi/Lo

Split pot games.

Hold'em

Also known as Texas Hold'em, where the players get two down cards and five community cards. See our complete Hold'em rules.

Hole Cards

These are the down cards in front of the players.

House

The casino or cardroom that is hosting the poker game.

Image

The way other players see you.

Implied Odds

The odds you calculate, considering the assumed result of betting for the remainder of the hand.

Inside Straight

Four cards that require another card between the top and the bottom card to complete a straight. Players who catch this card make an Inside Straight.

Jackpot

A prize fund awarded to a player who meets a set of predetermined requirements. For example, some casinos will give a jackpot to someone who gets four-of-a-kind or higher and loses.

Jackpot Poker

A form of poker in which the cardroom or casino offers a jackpot to a player who has lost with a really big hand (usually Aces full or better).

Jacks or better

A form of poker in which a player needs to have at least a pair of jacks to open the betting.

Kansas City Lowball

Form of lowball poker in which the worst poker hand (2, 3, 4, 5, 7 of different suits) is the best hand. It's also known as Deuce to Seven.

Keep them honest

To call at the end of a hand to prevent someone from bluffing.

Key card

A card that gives you a big draw or makes your hand.

Key Hand

In a session or tournament, the one hand that ends up being a turning point for the player, either for better or worse.

Kicker

The highest unpaired side card in a player's hand.

Kick it

Raise

Kill Pot

A method to stimulate action. It is a forced bet by someone who has just won a pot(s)

Knock

Check

Kojak

A hand that contains a K-J

Ladies

Two Queens.

Late Position

Position on a round of betting where the player must act after most of the other players have acted, (usually considered to be the two positions next to the right of the button).

Lay Down Your Hand

When a player folds

Lead

The first player to bet into a pot

Limit Poker

A game that has fixed minimum and maximum betting intervals, along with a prescribed number of raises.

Limper

The first player who calls a bet.

Limp In

To enter the pot by calling rather than raising. The most common understanding of limping in, is when the first person to speak only calls the Big Blind.

Live Blind

An instance where the player puts in a dark bet and is allowed to raise, even if no other player raises. It's also known as an 'option'.

Live Card(s)

In Stud Games, cards that have not yet been seen and are presumed to still be in play.

Live Hand

A hand that could still win the pot.

Live One

An inexperienced player who plays a lot of hands.

Long Shot

Making a hand despite having few outs and/or poor odds.

Look

When a player calls the final bet before the showdown.

Loose

A loose player plays a lot of hands.

Lowball

Is a form of draw poker in which the lowest hand wins the pot.

Low Limit

A game where the amounts wagered are small.

Main Pot

The center pot. Any other bets are placed in a side pot(s) and are contested among the remaining players. This occurs when a player(s) goes all-in.

Make

To make the deck is to shuffle the deck.

Maniac

A very aggressive player who plays a lot of hands.

Maverick

The name of a Queen and Jack in the pocket. Suited or otherwise.

Meet

To meet is to call

Middle Pair

In flop games, when a player makes a pair with one of his/her down cards and the middle card on the flop.

Middle Position

Somewhere between the early and late positions on a round of betting (the fifth, sixth and seventh seats to the left of the button).

Mnemonics

Mental devices used to remember things. In Hold'em, often players have names for what pocket cards they have, like Big Slick or Maverick.

Muck

To discard or throw away your hand. It is also a pile of cards that are no longer in play.

Minimum Buy-in

The least amount of money with which you can start a game.

Monster

A very big hand. In a tournament, a player who begins to accumulate chips after having a small stack is considered to be a monster.

No Limit

A game where players can bet as much as they like (as long as they have it in front of them) on any round of betting.

Nuts

The best possible hand at any point of the game. A hand that cannot be beat.

ODDS

The probability of making a hand vs. the probability of not making a hand.

Offsuit

Cards of a different suit.

Omaha

A game in which each player is dealt four down cards with five community cards. To make your hand, you must play two cards from your hand and three from the board.

On the Button

Being the last player to act in a betting round. Dealer's Position.

Open

To make the first bet.

Open-ended Straight

Four consecutive cards whereby one additional (consecutive) card is needed at either end to make a straight.

Open Card

A card that is dealt face-up

Open Pair

A pair that has been dealt face-up

Option

An option is a live blind made before the cards are dealt. If no one raises, the 'option' player may raise the pot

Out Button

A disc placed in front of a player who wishes to sit out a hand(s), but remain in the game.

Outs

The number of cards left in the deck that will improve your hand.

Overpair

A pocket pair higher than any of the cards on the board.

Paints

Face or picture cards (Jack, Queen and King).

Pair

Two cards of the same face or number value.

Pass

To fold.

Pay Off

To call on the final round of betting when you may or may not think you have the best hand.

Picture Cards

Face cards (Jack, Queen and King).

Play Back

To raise or re-raise another player's bet.

Playing the Board

In flop games, when your best five card hand is all five of the community cards.

Pocket

The down cards or hole cards

Pocket Cards

The two cards dealt to you at the beginning of a Hold'em hand that no one else is entitled to see

Pocket Rockets

A pair of Aces in the pocket or hole

Position

Where a player is seated in relation to the dealer, therefore establishing that player's place in the betting order

Post

If you miss the blind, then you must ‘post’ - add as many chips as were in the blind itself

Pot

The money or chips in the center of a table that players try to win

Pot Limit

This is a game where the maximum bet can equal the pot.

Prop

A person hired by the cardroom to work as a shill

Push

When the dealer pushes the chips to the winning player at the end of a hand. It's also when dealers rotate to other tables

Put Down

To fold a hand.

Quads

Four of a kind.

Qualifier

In Hi/Lo games, it is a requirement the Low hand must meet to win the pot.

Rack

A tray that holds 100 poker chips in five stacks of twenty chips each.

Rail

The rim of a poker table or a barrier outside a poker area.

Railbird

Someone who hangs around a poker room who watches the games and/or is looking to get into action.

Raise

To increase the previous bet.

Rake

Chips taken from the pot by the cardroom as compensation for hosting the game.

Rank

The value of each card and hand.

Rap

When a player knocks on the table indicating that he/she has checked.

Ratholing

The illegal action of taking money off the table and putting it somewhere else.

Razz

7 Card Stud where the lowest five cards win the pot.

Reading

Analysis of a player based on how they play, mannerisms, and tells.

Rebuy

The amount of money a player pays to add a fixed number of chips to his/her stack in a tournament

Re-raise

To raise a raise

Ring Game

A 'live' game that is not a tournament.

River

This is the last card given in all games. In Hold'em and Omaha, it is also known as 5th street. In Stud games, it is also known as 7th street.

Rock

A passive, tight player

Round of Betting

This is when players have the opportunity to bet, check or raise. Each round of betting ends when the last bet or raise has been called.

Rounders

Guys who hustle for a living. This is also the name of a popular poker movie starring Matt Damon and Ed Norton

Royal Flush

This is an Ace high straight (A-K-Q-J-10) of the same suit. It is the best possible hand in poker.

Run

The act of playing with more money than is typical or reasonable.

Rush

A winning streak.

Sandbagging

Holding back and calling despite the fact that you have a very good hand, usually to disguise strength, provoke bluffs, and to check-raise.

Satellite

A mini-tournament to gain an entry into a larger tournament.

Scoop

To win the entire pot

Seating List

A waiting list. A player can put his or her name on this list if there are no seats at the table at which they wish to play.

Second Pair

In flop games, when you pair the second highest card on the board.

See

To call.

Semi-bluff

Betting with a mediocre or drawing hand.

Set

Having a pocket pair that matches one of the cards on the board.

7 Card Stud

A well-known poker game in which players get three down cards and four up cards. You play the best five of those seven cards. Click here for information on 7 Card Stud.

Seventh Street

This is the final round of betting in 7 Card Stud and Stud 8 or
Better.

Shills

Shills are paid props who help start and maintain poker games.

Short Buying

Purchasing chips after your initial purchase. Usually the minimum for a short buy-in is less than the initial buy-in.

Short-handed

A short-handed game has few players.

Showdown

At the end of the final betting round, when all active players turn their cards face-up to see who has won the pot

Side Pot

A separate pot(s) which is contested by remaining active players when one or more players are all-in.

Sixth Street

In 7 Card Stud, this is the fourth 'up' card dealt to a player (their
6 card). It is also the 4 round of betting.

Small Blind

The amount put in the pot by the person immediately to the left of the dealer 'button' prior to the cards being dealt.

Soft Seat

A seat or game that is favorable because of the lack of skill at the table.

Solid

A fairly tight player (and reasonably good).

Speed Limit

A pair of fives.

Split

Tie

Stack

A pile of chips.

Stay

When a player remains in the game by calling rather than raising.

Steal Raise

A raise by someone in a late position in an attempt to reduce the number of players and/or steal the pot.

Steamrolling

Re-raising to make a player(s) call two bets instead of one.

Steel Wheel

A five high straight (A-2-3-4-5) of the same suit.

Straddle

A straddle is a Blind bet which is usually double the size of the Big Blind, (and one that a player may raise when the action gets to him).

Straight

Five consecutive cards of any suit.

Straight Flush

Five consecutive cards of the same suit.

Structure

The limits put on the blinds/ante, bets, and raises in any particular game.

Stud Games

Games in which players get both down cards and up cards.

Stuck

A player who is losing in a game.

Suit

A characteristic of a playing card. The card being either of Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, or Spades.

Table

The surface on which poker is played

Tell

An action that gives clues about the cards someone is holding.

Texas Hold'em

This is also the name for Hold'em, the most popular form of poker.

Third Street

In 7 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud 8 or Better, this is the first betting round on the first three cards.

Thirty Miles

Three Tens

Three of a Kind

Three cards of the same number or face value ('trips').

Tight

Either a player who doesn't play many pots, or a game that doesn't have much action.

Tilt, On

Behaviour as a result of losing, usually negative.

TOC

Tournament of Champions.

Top Pair

In flop games, when the player pairs one of his down cards with the highest card on board.

Top Two Pair

Having both your pocket cards match the highest two cards on the board.

Treys

A pair of threes

Trips

Three of a kind

Turn

In flop games, this is the fourth card dealt. It is the third round of
betting.

Two Pair

A hand consisting of two different pairs.

Underpair

A pocket pair of lower value than the lowest card on the board.

Under the Gun

Being the first person to act, being in the earliest position.

Up Card

A card that is dealt face-up.

Walking Sticks

A pair of sevens.

Wild Card

A card that can be played as any value.

Worst Hand

A losing hand.

WSOP

World Series of Poker.

HAND RANKINGS

Example cards: Ace of hearts, King of hearts, Queen of hearts, Jak of hearts, Ten of hearts

Royal flush

A royal flush is an ace high straight flush.
Example cards: Ace of hearts, King of hearts, Queen of hearts, Jak of hearts, Ten of hearts

Example cards: Nine of clubs, eight of clubs, Seven of clubs, Six of clubs, Five of clubs

Straight flush

A straight flush is a five-card straight, all of the same suit.
Example cards: Nine of clubs, eight of clubs, Seven of clubs, Six of clubs, Five of clubs

Example cards: Queen of diamonds, Queen of spades, Queen of Hearts, Queen of clubs, Ten of hearts

Four of a kind

Quads, or four of a kind, are four cards of equal rank.
Example cards: Queen of diamonds, Queen of spades, Queen of Hearts, Queen of clubs, Ten of hearts

Example cards: Jack of spades, Jack of hearts, Jack of clubs, Eight of hearts, Eight of clubs

Full House or Full Boat

A full house, or full boat, contains a set (three) of cards of one rank and a pair of another rank.
Example cards: Jack of spades, Jack of hearts, Jack of clubs, Eight of hearts, Eight of clubs

Example cards: Ace of hearts, Six of hearts, Queen of hearts, Ten of hearts, Eight of hearts

Flush

A flush is any combination of five cards, all of the same suit.
Example cards: Ace of hearts, Six of hearts, Queen of hearts, Ten of hearts, Eight of hearts

Example cards: Jack of hearts, Ten of spades, Nine of hearts, Eight of clubs, Seven of hearts

Straight

Five cards of sequential rank. Every possible straight will contain either a 5 or a 10.
Example cards: Jack of hearts, Ten of spades, Nine of hearts, Eight of clubs, Seven of hearts

Example cards: Queen of hearts, Queen of spades, Queen of diamonds, Eight of hearts, Five of clubs

Three of a Kind or Set

Three cards of the same rank

Example cards: Nine of hearts, Nine of spades, Three of diamonds, Three of spades, Six of diamonds

Two Pair

Flush
Example cards: Nine of hearts, Nine of spades, Three of diamonds, Three of spades, Six of diamonds

Example cards: Nine of hearts, Nine of spades, Four of diamonds, Three of spades, Six of diamonds

Pair

One pair is two cards of the same rank.
Example cards: Nine of hearts, Nine of spades, Four of diamonds, Three of spades, Six of diamonds

Example cards: Nine of hearts, Eight of spades, Four of diamonds, Three of spades, Six of diamonds

High Card

The hand with the highest card(s) wins.
Example cards: Nine of hearts, Eight of spades, Four of diamonds, Three of spades, Six of diamonds

Test Result

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Omaha Poker Rules

Omaha Poker rules are extremely similar to the rules of Texas Holdem.
A player who is already familiar with Texas Holdem rules and strategies should find learning how to play the game (sometimes even called Omaha Hold'em) relatively simple.


Learning the Basics

The major difference between Omaha Poker rules and Texas Hold'em is that instead of two hole cards as in Hold'em, players receive four private cards placed face down (aka: the pocket).

Omaha Poker rules dictate that the hand at the showdown must be created from only two of the four pocket cards and three community cards.

This final hand rule makes it easier for players to make a better hand since they get to choose from nine cards instead of seven.

There is another version of the game called Omaha Hi Lo which has slightly different requirements.


Starting Omaha Poker - The Blinds

The blinds are forced bets placed by two players seated to the immediate left of the dealer at the beginning of each hand. Exactly as in Texas Holdem, the blinds are posted before any cards are dealt.

The Small Blind, placed by the player who sits directly to the left of the dealer, is 50 of the small stake (in fixed-limit games), and the Big Blind, placed by the player who sits directly to the left of the Small Blind, is 100 of the small stake. The Blinds are used as an incentive for players to sweeten the pot.


Step by Step Omaha Poker Rules

Preflop:
After the Blinds are posted, each participating player receives four cards face down to his pocket. The first player to act is the one seated to the immediate left to the Big Blind. He can either call,raise or fold as he wishes. A betting round is held. In fixed limit games, the first two betting rounds use the lower game stake for all raises.


The Flop:
The dealer deals three cards to the middle of the table face up., known as 'the Flop.' Next, everyone makes their bets. This betting round still uses the low game stake for all raises and bets. For instance, in a 2/4 game, the lower stake amount is, of course, 2.


The 'Turn':
The dealer deals the fourth community card face up. A new betting round begins and it uses the high game stake amount. The betting action takes place until all players' bets are called.



The 'River':
The dealer finally deals the fifth and the last community card face up. The last betting round takes place. This betting round also uses the high game stake amount for all bets and raises.


The Showdown:
After the bets are called, all players must reveal their hands to determine the winner. The strongest five-card hand nabs the coveted pot. (The hand rankings are the same as in most poker games).