Different Poker Games
Online poker is a game that combines skill, luck and strategy. That’s what makes the game so exciting!
There are several kinds of poker. They differ with regard to the number of cards used, the betting sequence, and game play. In some poker rules, it is the highest hand that win, while in others, it is the lowest. Others yet are split games where both the highest and the lowest hand can win. Below you can read about a few of the most popular poker games:
Texas Hold ‘Em
Texas Hold ‘Em is the most widespread form of poker, and the one that is played in all the big tournaments. It’s where the big money and the big fame is. Are you ready to reach for the deepest pods with superstars like Gus Hansen, Nguyen and Peter Eastgate? Check or fold!
Omaha Hi/Lo also known as Omaha/8 and Omaha 8-or-better, is probably the most popular form of poker after Texas Hold ‘Em. Its poker rules are different from many other games in that players can choose to aim at assembling either the highest or lowest possible hand. It takes a lot of daring to go for the lowest possible hand!
Five Card Stud
Five Card Stud is one of the oldest kinds of poker, and likely had its origins in the American Civil War. Five card Stud isn’t that popular any more. Oddly enough, Five Card Stud is still played a lot in Finland under the name sökö. But Finland is a pretty strange place, too!
Five Card Draw
Five Card Draw is often considered the simplest form of poker. According to its poker rules, the player is dealt 5 cards Face Down, one at a time. The objective is then to assemble the best possible five card hand. This kind of poker was used as the basis for video poker, which today is much more popular than Five Card Draw itself.
Action: Action refers to a player’s turn to play or make bets according to the poker rules.
Action card: This refers to a community card that causes much betting activity, since how it is of benefit to multiple players.
Advertising: To make deliberate moves that strongly indicate one’s style of play with a malicious intent.
All in: When a player bets it all; at least in the hand he is currently playing.
Ante: The forced bet made before the round begins.
Bank: Same as the house. The player responsible for distributing chips.
Bankroll: The full amount of money that a player has at his disposition.
Big blind: The larger of the two forced bets made in for example Texas Hold ’Em.
Bleed: To repeatedly loose a lot of chips due to bad play.
Bluff: Making a bet with a poor hand, so as to confuse opponents and gain advantage.
Call: To match or raise a bet.
Cap: The limit to the number of times a bet can be raised during a round.
Chase: To continue playing a statistically hopeless hand because one has money in the pot.
Check: To pass over one’s opportunity to make a further bet.
Continuation bet: The bet made after the flop by the player who was in the lead with regard to betting.
Dead hand: A players hand that may not participate in the deal, because some sort of foul play has been made.
Dealer: The person dealing cards. Depending on context, this may either be a casino employee or a passive player.
Deuce: A playing card with the value two.
Donkey: A player that is obviously weaker than the other players. Sometimes also called a fish.
Drop: Same as to fold.
Flash: A flash is when a card is exposed by accident to one or more players, and must be shown to all players before it is discarded.
Float: To call a bet with the intention to bluff in a later round.
Fold: To discard one’s hand and thus loose one’s ante as well as the ability to compete for the pot.
Fouled hand: A hand that is ruled unfit for play, because of some irregularity or break of the poker rules.
Full ring: A poker game of six or more players, often between 9 and 11 players.
Heads up poker: A game played one against one.
H.O.R.S.E.: A tournament involving five different poker games with different poker rules played in succession.
Pat: A hand that is already complete without having to resort to the community cards.
Poker face: A facial expression and bodily posture that does not reveal anything about what cards the player might be holding.
Pot: The sum of money wagered by players during a game.
Push: To make an all in bet.
Raccoon: A bad/in-experienced player.
Rake: A commission payed to the casino or card room by players prior to a tournament.
Rakeback: A refund of part of the rake that was payed by the player. The donor is usually a third party with financial interest in the given player.
River: The expression ’a river card’ refers to the final card that is dealt in a hand of poker. Hereafter follows a final round of betting, and, if necessary, a show down.
Rock: A player with a very strict approach to the game. He or she will play only play the best of hands and discard others.
Royal cards: Royal cards is a synonym for picture cards.
Satellite tournament: Tournaments in which the main prize is the entrance ticket to other larger tournaments.
Scoop: A scoop refers to winning both the high and low halves of the pot in a high/low poker game.
Shoe: Refers to a collection of multiple decks of cards, in land-based casinos held in a plastic container.
Shorthanded: A game with six people or fewer participating.
Showdown: If more than one player is left after the last betting round, they will put their cards down and the one with the best hand wins.
Sit and go: Tables where you can come and go as you like, within a pre-given time frame.
Straddle bet: A straddle bet is an optional bet made after the blind bets are posited.
Tell: A tell is anything that can hint at a players true intention or state of mind during play.
Tilt: A player acting through mental confusion or upset.
Toke: A tip given to a dealer in a casino by the winner of a pot.
Under the gun: Being to the direct left of the blind in Omaha or Texas Hold ’Em, thus being obliged to bet first according to the poker rules.
Up the ante: To make the bets bigger.
Window card: A card that is turned up in Stud Poker.
Walk: When all players choose to fold to the big blind.