Types of Poker – Hold’em, Draw and Stud
Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular poker variants, which is popular in the USA and Europe due to its simple rules of the game and its high speed. The game is suitable for 2 to 10 players and consists of 4 betting rounds.
The player who gives is recognizable by a small dealer button. The dealer button moves clockwise one position to the left after each round.
Before the cards are dealt, the pot is formed by blind bets (antes) of the participating players. The first player to the left of the dealer makes the first blind bet, the small blind.
The second player to the left of the dealer makes the second blind bet, known as the big blind.
The first blind bet is smaller than the second blind bet, hence the names ‘small blind’ and ‘big blind’.
The term ‘blinds’ comes from the fact that the players place the bets without having seen the cards.
According to the rules of poker, blinds are considered active wagers, so players can check, call, raise or fold.
Then each player is dealt two cards face down, these are the cards in hand. Hidden means that only the respective player can see his hand cards. The first betting round is opened by the player to the left of the player who posted the big blind and can be called, raised or folded.
Now only three cards are placed face up in the middle of the table, these cards are community cards and are available to all players.
Then the second round of betting begins, it is called the ‘flop’. The player to the left of the dealer bets first.
The fourth community card is laid out face up. This initiates the third betting round, the so-called ‘turn’. The stake is doubled compared to the previous round.
The fifth and final community card is placed face up in the middle of the table. The final round, known as the ‘River’, has started.
Then there is a showdown and the player with the best hand wins the ‘pot’. If the hands are tied, there is a ‘split pot’, ie the pot is split up. The dealer button changes as described above and the next round begins.
Five Card Draw Poker Rules
5 Card Draw is one of the best and oldest forms of poker in the world. It is played by two to five people. After the basic bet made by each player (ante) before the start of the game, two betting rounds follow.
As in Texas Hold’em, the dealer is identified by a dealer button, which moves one position to the left after each round in a clockwise direction. Before the cards are dealt, the pot is also formed by blind bets in Five Card Draw Poker.
Here, too, the first player to the left of the dealer posts the ‘small blind’ and the second player to the left of the dealer posts the ‘big blind’. As with Texas Hol’em, blind bets are active bets and you can check, call, raise or fold.
Now each player is dealt five cards face down and the player to the left of the big blind begins the first betting round, which can also be called, raised or folded.
After the first round of betting, each player can discard zero to five cards and draw new ones based on the number of cards discarded. If a player chooses not to discard any of their cards, this is known as sitting.
If all players have swapped or suspended their cards, the second and final betting round begins.
After the last round of betting, there is a showdown and the player with the best hand wins the pot. Again, if two or more players have the same hands, the pot is split up.
The dealer button passes to the next player before the next round begins.