Poker originally a card game for unprincipled gamblers only, is now played for amusement or stakes at home or exclusively for stakes in gambling establishments. There are two basic forms of the game: draw, or closed, poker in which all players’ cards are unknown to the other players until the showdown; and stud, or open, poker, in which some or all cards are exposed as play progresses.
Most poker games require a standard 52-card deck. The object of all poker games is to have a better five-card hand than any other player or to win by bluffing the other players into believing that one has a better hand and thus causing them to fold, or drop out, from that particular hand.
Draw poker is the most commonly played variant. Five-card draw poker, also known as jacks or jackpots, is best played by two to six persons. Each player is dealt five cards, face down and one at a time. Each player then places a set number chips or money, called the ante, on the table to form the pot. The player who opens the betting must hold a pair of jacks or a better hand. Then each player, in clockwise order, may fold, call (that is, match) the bet in order to remain in play, or raise the stakes. Once this round of betting is over, the players remaining in hand may draw up to three new cards in an attempt to improve their hands. Players who elect to draw new cards must have discarded previously a like number of cards. After all players have drawn, the player who opened the first round of betting reopens the betting, whereupon the other players, in turn, may check (momentarily pass the turn), call fold, raise, or re-raise. When the betting is over, players who have not folded reveal their hands in the showdown, and the player with the high hand wins the jack pot.
Like the lottery and it’s lotto results the most popular form of stud poker in the United States is seven-card-stud. It is best played by two to eight persons. Each player is dealt two cards face down, carlled the hole cards, and one card face up. The players then bet. The subsequent cards are all dealt face up; in some versions the last card is dealt face down. Players continue to bet as each new round is dealt. In the showdown each player selects the best five cards on the seven htld. Poker hands are listed here in descending order of value. A royal flush is the ace, king, queen, jack and 10 of the same suit. A straight flush is any sequence of five cards in the same suit. Four of a kind is any four cards of the same denomination and any two cards of another. A flush is any five cards of the same suit. A straight is any five cards of more than one suit in sequence. Three of a kind is any three cards of the same denomination, plus any other unmatching cards. Two pairs is any two cards of the same denomination, plus two cards of another denomination, plus any fifth card. One pair is any two cards of the same denomination, plus any three other cards.
Some authorities trace poker to the persian game as nas. Most experts, however, believe that poker may be more directly traced back to the old Italian game of primero and the French game of gilet, which became brelan during the reign (1550-74) of Charles IX Brelan envolved into bouillotte, which flourished during the French Revolution. It is from this game that the betting techniques of poker are derived. Brelan also gave rise to ambigu, which included the draw feature, and the English game of brag, which incorporated bluffing.
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