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Poker Hand

Poker Hand

Texas Hold’em: players receive two downcards as their personal hand (holecards), after which there is a round of betting. Three boardcards are turned simultaneously (called the ‘flop’) and another round of betting occurs. The next two boardcards are turned one at a time, with a round of betting after each card. The boardcards are community cards, and a player may use any five-card combination from among the board and personal cards. A player may even use all of the boardcards and no personal cards to form a hand (play the board). A dealer button is used. The usual structure is to use two blinds, but it is possible to play the game with one blind, multiple blinds, an ante, or combination of blinds plus an ante.

The best possible five card poker hand, using any combination of hole cards and community cards, wins the pot.

Omaha Poker: Omaha is similar to Hold’em in using a three-card flop on the board, a fourth boardcard, and then a fifth boardcard. Each player is dealt four holecards (instead of two) at the start. In order to make a hand, a player must use precisely two holecards with three boardcards. The betting is the same as in hold’em. At the showdown, the entire four-card hand should be shown to receive the pot.

The best possible five card poker hand, using exactly two hole cards and three community cards, wins the pot.

Omaha Hi/Lo: the pot is split between the highest hand and the best low hand, if there is a valid low hand. In order to be counted as a low hand, no card in the combined five-card hand can be higher than 8 or consist of a pair. Aces can be used for both high and low hands. When comparing the low hands, the hand wins that has the lowest high card. This means that 7,5,4,2,A will beat 8,4,3,2,A. If both players have the same high card, the second highest are compared, etc. It is possible for one player to win both the high and the low hand. The low hand can be a flush or a straight. Therefore, the best low hand is 5,4,3,2,A. If there is no valid low hand, the high hand wins the entire pot.

7 Card Stud : Seven-card stud is played with two downcards and one upcard dealt before the first betting round, followed by three more upcards (with a betting round after each card). After the last downcard is dealt, there is a final round of betting. The best five-card poker hand wins the pot. In all fixed-limit games, the smaller bet is wagered on the first two betting rounds, and the larger bet is wagered after the betting rounds on the fifth, sixth, and seventh cards. If there is an open pair on the fourth card, any player has the option of making the smaller or larger bet. Deliberately changing the order of your upcards in a stud game is improper because it unfairly misleads the other players.

The best five card poker hand, out of seven cards, wins the pot.

Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo : In 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo the pot is split between the highest hand and the best low hand, if there is a valid low hand. In order to be counted as a low hand, no card in the combined five-card hand can be higher than 8 or consist of a pair. Aces can be used for both high and low hands. When comparing the low hands, the hand wins that has the lowest high card. This means that 7,5,4,2,A will beat 8,4,3,2,A. It is possible for one player to win both the high and the low hand. The low hand can be a flush or a straight. Therefore, the best low hand is 5,4,3,2,A. If there is no valid low hand, the high hand wins the entire pot.