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Here we try to give you as much info if you are a beginner in poker.

The man who started it all - Mr. Benny Binion



1. Rules Section
    1.1. Texas Hold´em
    1.2. Omaha
    1.3. Omaha Hi-Lo
    1.4. Seven Card Stud
    1.5. Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
    1.6. Scandinavian 5 Card Stud (Sökö) a.k.a. Canadian 5 Card Stud
    1.7. Draw Poker
    1.8. Crazy Pineapple a.k.a. Three Card Irish
    1.9. Dealers Choice
    1.10. Double Flop Hold'em
    1.11. Manila
    1.12. Razz
2. Hand Rankings


1. Rules Section

1.1. Texas Hold'em
 
Texas Hold'em is by far the most popular poker game online. You have always a lot of options and can find a good game even in the daytime.

In Hold'em, two cards are first dealt face down to every player. After that, five community cards are turned face up on the board; first three cards on the flop, then the fourth card on the turn, and finally the fifth card on the river. Every dealing round is followed by a betting round. The best combination of five cards wins the pot.
 
 Every new game is started by posting the blinds. The first player to the left of the dealer has to post the small blind (a half bet), and the second player to the left of the dealer the big blind (one bet). 
 
 After that, two private cards are dealt face down to each player. The first player to the left of the big blind speaks first. He can call, raise, or fold. The big blind speaks last on this betting round. He can check (if the pot has not been raised), call, raise, or fold.

On the flop, three community cards are turned face up on the board. Now and on the coming betting rounds, the first active player to the left of the dealer speaks first. The fourth card is dealt face up to the board, followed by a new betting round. This time, the size of the bets is doubled.
 
Finally, the last card is dealt face up on the board, followed by the last betting round. If several players are still in the pot, there is a showdown and the best hand wins the pot.

1.2 Omaha

Omaha, or correctly expressed Omaha Hi, is played only for the highest hand, and therefore resembles Texas Hold'em. The decisive difference is that in Omaha the starting hand consists of four face down cards, instead of two cards as in Hold'em. In Omaha, the final hand is composed of exactly two (no more or less) of the private hole cards together with three of the community cards on board. Otherwise, the rules and the course of the game are the same as in Texas Hold'em.

In Hold'em, your two pocket cards can make only one starting combination. In Omaha, the four hole cards form six different combinations. Therefore, in Omaha there are more options, and the winning hands tend to be stronger. In Hold'em, two pair is regularly good enough. In Omaha, you may need a flush or a straight. In Hold'em, any flush or straight is a strong hand. In Omaha you may need the highest possible combination, and a straight draw to the lower end, for example, is a much more serious mistake.

1.3 Omaha H/L

In Omaha H/L, also called for Omaha 8 or Better, the pot is split between the high and the low hand. A high hand will always exist, a low hand is sometimes not to be found. In that case, the high hand wins the whole pot.
 
A low hand is composed of five unpaired cards from A to 8. The ace is the lowest card. Two of the cards have to come from the pocket hand and three from the board, and they can't make a pair. Consequently, the best low hand is A-2-3-4-5. The ranking is determined by the highest card, if they are the same, the next highest etc. In other words, 3-4-5-6-7 is better (lower) than  A-2-3-4-8. A possible flush or straight won't make any difference in this context. On the other side, a flush or a straight can form the high hand, and the same player can claim the whole pot with the same cards. The high and the low hands can also be made using different cards.
 
Omaha H/L is becoming more and more popular, because, in a way, you can play two hands at the same time, there are more options, and the pots are bigger. Compared with Hold'em, the selection of games is still somewhat scarce, but the best poker rooms always have good games going on.

1.4 Seven-Card Stud
 
Seven-Card Stud is played both for the highest hand and as a H/L-version for the high and the low hand. The rules and the course of the game are the same, with small exceptions.

In Stud, each player is dealt three cards face down and four cards face up. All the cards are private. There are five betting rounds and at most eight players.
 
All the players have to post an ante, which is a fraction of a bet. In $10/20 games it can be $1 and in $1/2 games 25¢. In micro-limit games there is usually no ante at all.
 
Each player is dealt two hole cards face down and one door card face up. The player with the lowest door card has to post the bring-in, which is bigger than the ante but smaller than a bet. If two players have the lowest card of the same rank, the suit determines the rank in following order: clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. In other words, ♣2 is the lowest card in the deck. The next player can call the bring-in, bet a full bet or fold.
 
On the next round (4th street) a second card is dealt face up to each player. This time the player with the highest exposed hand speaks first. If two players have the highest card of the same rank, the suit determines the rank in following order: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. In other words, ♠A is the highest card in the deck. He can check, bet or, if he has a pair face up, raise it to a double bet. Henceforth, possible reraises must be of the same size.
 
On the next round (5th street) each player is dealt a third card face up. Again, the player with the highest hand face up has to speak first. The value of the bets has doubled, e.g. in a $1/2 game the bets are now $2.
 
The last open card is dealt on the 6th street. As usually, the player with the highest exposed hand starts the betting. The last card (the river) is dealt face down. If there are several players in the pot after the last betting round, there is a showdown and the best five-card combination wins the pot.

1.5 Seven-Card Stud H/L

In Seven-Card Stud H/L, also known as Seven-Card Stud 8 or Better, the high and the low hand split the pot. A high hand will always exist, a low hand is sometimes not to be found. In that case, the high hand scoops the whole pot.
 
A low hand is composed of five unpaired cards from A to 8. The ace is the lowest card. Consequently, the best low hand is A-2-3-4-5. The ranking is determined by the highest card, if they are the same, the next highest etc. In other words, 3-4-5-6-7 is better (lower) than  A-2-3-4-8. A possible flush or straight won't make any difference in this context. On the other side, a flush or a straight can form the high hand, and the same player can claim the whole pot with the same cards.
 
Otherwise, the rules and the course of the game are the same as in the Hi-version. The only exception is, that the player with a pair face up is not allowed to double-up on the 4th street.
 
At first sight, the rules may seem to be quite complicated. Following some rounds behind experienced players or practicing "fun money" games will however illustrate more than any report. In online poker rooms, the program will present all the available options. There is no need to be afraid of fumbling.

1.6. Scandinavian 5 Card Stud (Sökö) a.k.a. Canadian 5 Card Stud

Up to 8 players are allowed to play in the same game.
Soko is played with an ante. Before any cards are dealt the antes must be posted.
Each player receives 2 cards, one dealt face down and one face up. The card you are dealt first is your "hole card" and cannot be seen by the other players. This is indicated with grey background. After that there will be 3 more cards dealt face up to each remaining player.
The player showing the highest card after the deal must make a forced bet (bring-in).
In Soko there are 4 betting rounds. The first betting round takes place after each player is dealt his first two cards. Then a 3rd, 4th and 5th card is dealt to each player and another betting round starts.
If no more betting takes place, after all the cards have been dealt out, there is a showdown to determine the winner (kickers count). The best 5 card hand wins the pot. If two or more players show the same hand they split the pot. If there is an odd chip it goes to the player nearest the dealer box.
If there was betting on fifth street the player who made the last bet or raise must show his hand first. If there was no betting the first remaining player to the left of the dealer shows his hand first.
The only difference between the normal hand ranking is that between One Pair there are 4 card straight and 4 card flush and then comes Two Pairs which beats these two hands.

1.7. Draw Poker
 
Five-Card Draw, often called only Draw, is the game most people know as "poker". It is uncommon online, but can be found in a few poker rooms.

Draw is played online with 5, 6 or 8 players, depending on the card room. There are two blinds. The first player to the left of the dealer posts the small blind (a half bet), the second player puts the big blind (one bet).
 
Each player is dealt five cards face down. The first player to the left of the big blind speaks first. He can call, raise or fold. The big blind speaks last. He can check (if the pot has not been raised), call, raise or fold. After the first betting round each active player can exchange some or all of his cards, or be content with his hand.
 
On the second and last betting round, the first active player to the left of the dealer speaks first. The prize of the bets is doubled. Finally, if there are sevaral players in the pot, there is a showdown, and the winner claims the pot.

1.8. Crazy Pinapple a.k.a. Three Card Irish

Nothing really different from the regular Hold´em except that people get 3 cards for start instead of two cards. Followed by a betting round. People see the flop, betting round and then everyone must throw away 1 card of their pocket cards and thereon the game continues like a regular Hold´em game.

1.9. Dealers Choice

Simple explanation: whoever from the players has the button chooses the game from the available selection of games. If the player is not present at the table when it is his turn to make the choice, the same game is played again.

1.10. Double Flop Hold'em

In this variant two boards (groups of community cards) are dealt at the same time. Each player is dealt two pocket cards and tries to make the best hand of five for each set of community cards. Players can not combine the two boards so they have has two 5 card hands.
Double Flop Hold'em is often played as a split-pot game. The player who wins one board wins half the pot and the player who wins the other board wins half the pot. However, it can also be played where the best hand from one board wins the entire pot.

1.11. Manila (Seven-Up Poker)

Manila is played with a stripped deck in which all cards below the rank of 7 are removed leaving just 32 cards. Each player is dealt two hole cards. The five community cards are dealt one at a time and each is followed by a round of betting. At the showdown, unlike Texas Hold'em and more like Omaha, each player makes their best poker hand from both of their hole cards and exactly three of the five community cards.
Because of the stripped deck, a flush beats a full house. Also, an ace may not be played low for a straight (that is, the hand A-7-8-9-10 is not counted as a straight).
Variations
Common variations involve dealing three cards to each poker player, one of which can either be discarded at some point (like Pineapple Poker), or else held to the end, but maintaining the requirement that each player uses exactly two of their own cards with exactly three of the community cards. Three-card variants are sometimes played with 6s restored to the deck, making it 36 cards. 

1.12. Razz

Razz is played like 7-card stud. The twist is that in Razz, the worst hand wins. Each player is dealt two hole cards and one upcard; the dealer then gives each active player three more upcards, and then a final downcard. Each player ends up with seven cards, four face up and three face down. At the showdown, the player holding the best low hand using only five of his seven cards wins the pot. Aces are always low, and flushes and straights have no effect on the value of a hand. The best possible hand is A-2-3-4-5 (wheel). 
 

2. Hand Rankings

Royal Flush
The highest possible straight flush.



Straight Flush
Five suited cards in sequence.



Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same rank.



Full House
Three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank.



Flush
Five cards of the same suit.



Straight
Five cards in sequence.



Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same rank.



Two Pair
Two cards of one rank and two other cards of another rank.



One Pair
Two cards of the same rank.



High Card
The highest card in the hand.




 

 
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