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There are many poker games and many poker variations have appeared along the history of this exiting game. Online casinos immediately recognized the potential and popularity of poker, and soon every type of poker game became available in casinos. Today there is no online casino which wouldn’t offer at least one type of poker.

Poker is a card game in which more players are involved. In every type of poker the goal of the game is to have the highest card combination as possible.

One of the most popular poker games around today is the Texas Hold’em. This poker variant gained popularity in the past years, partly thanks to the televised tournaments too. The game is a community poker game, with four betting rounds. There is a dealer who deals the cards. The two players left of the dealer are the small and big blinds. These are the two players who have to put money in the pot before receiving the cards, and this position will rotate clockwise after each round. After the blinds, the dealer will deal two cards face down to every player. The first betting round begins, with the player sitting next to the big blind, and then the direction of betting will continue clockwise. When this first round of betting is completed there will be dealt three cards on the table, face up. This is called the flop. The second round of betting begins, after which the fourth card is dealt on the table, the turn. After the turn the third round of bet begins after which the fifth and final card is dealt to the community, this is the river. The fourth round of betting begins and this is the final round of bets. After this final round the cards are flipped and the winner is determined. The winner is the player who has the highest ranked card combination using both hole cards, one hole card or using only the community cards. The best combination takes it all.

Omaha Hold’em is another community poker game, similar to Texas Hold`em. The basics of the game are the same. There is a dealer and two blinds to its left. The blinds will change in a clockwise direction during the game. The difference between this game and Texas Hold’em is that in Omaha Hold’em you will receive four cards at the beginning. These are called also hole cards. The game goes on exactly as it would go on in Texas Hold’em poker. After the flop there is the turn, and after the turn there is the river. The other difference is in the way the players choose their hands. They are using two cards from their hole cards and three cards from the community in their attempt to make their winning five card combination.

There is one other poker variation which is quite popular in online casinos. The Seven-Card Stud Poker is popular in many casinos, and it can be found in lots of places. Here there are no blind bets, instead of them there is an ante. At the beginning two cards are dealt face down, and one card face up to each player. The card dealt face up is the up card. The lowest up card will decide which player will make the bring-in bet. The bets afterwards will continue clockwise. The fourth, fifth and sixth cards will be dealt face up. Each time when a card is dealt the player with the best up cards will make the bet, and the betting will continue this time too clockwise. The seventh card is the final one, and it is dealt face down, so it can be seen only by the player for whom is dealt for. The winner of the game is the one who has the bets possible five card combination.

In every poker game the card combinations are the same. These poker combinations have a certain hierarchy, and this will determine which hand will be the best, therefore the winner one. These are determined mainly by the possibility of having a certain hand, meaning that the most probable hand is the weakest one. The weakest poker combination is when there is no pair. This means that the player has basically nothing. If every player has a no pair, then the highest card will determine who will be the winner. The next one in the hierarchy is the one pair combination. This means that the player has two cards matching. The suits are ignored here, the importance are the numbers of the cards. Here too the highest is the winner if more players have the same combination. The two pair is followed by the one pair. Like its name suggests, in this combination there are two pairs, for example two Kings, and two tens. The next strongest combination is the three of a kind. The best three of a kind combination is three Aces, a Kind and a Queen. This pattern is similar in every combination. The biggest the cards you have the bigger the chances are to win. After the three of a kind comes the straight. In this combination all five cards have to be in a growing order, for example 10-J-Q-K-A. This example is the best possible straight, as long as the suits are different. The flush is the next strongest combination, when all five cards have the same suit. After this there is the full house which is basically a three of a kind and a pair in one hand. The four of a kind is the second best combination, when you have four Aces for example. The best combination is the straight flush, when there is a straight and all cards have the same suit. The best straight flush is the royal flush when the hand is made of the highest cards possible: A-K-Q-J-10.

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