Poker Types and Tips

Poker is America's national card game! Virtually almost every U.S. citizen knows how to play a poker game. Why? Just turn on the TV and you could watch live poker games such as the World Poker Tour and Celebrity Poker Showdown. Moreover, poker is one of the few card games that is given life in the silver screen such as in the latest James Bond movie: Casino Royale.

In addition to this Poker has also making waves across the cyberspace. There are quite a number of websites that promote this exciting card game. One could actually bet and win pots or one could actually enjoy the game without spending. Simply look for a site that offers free poker game or free poker download.

Before we sit down and bet in a table or click any button. Let us remind you of some tips before playing poker.

First, what poker game are we going to play? Generally speaking, there are two types of poker game: Stud Poker and Draw Poker. These game variants depend on two factors: the number of players and the poker skill of a player.

Stud Poker is described as a "deal of set of cards." It means that a player gets a set of faced-up and / or faced-down cards. The faced-down cards are referred as hole cards. Normally, players are not allowed to discard one or more cards and to draw another card to form a winning combination. However, this convention can be overruled by the House or the Casino itself.

Moreover, Stud Poker has two types the 5-Card Stud and the 7-Card Stud.

Here are some examples of the 5-CardStud Poker. The most common is "5-Card Stud, Last Card Down." There is also the "Mexican Stud," which is locally known as "Flip Poker" and as "Peep-and-Turn Poker." There is also the "Pistol" or "Hole Card Stud," which is common in the Saint Tropez, France. Lastly is the "Acey-Deucey" Stud Poker, which is believed to have originated among U.S. infantry soldiers.

On the other hand, "Seven-card Flip," "Double-Barreled Shotgun or Texas Tech," "Baseball," "Heinz," "Six Card Stud " and "Eight-Card Stud" are some of the examples of 7-Card Stud Poker.

The other general poker variant is the Draw Poker. This variant is described as an "on-going hand development." It is the opposite of Stud Poker, players here are allowed to discard one or more cards to improve their hand.

Examples of Draw Poker are "Deuces Wild," "Cold Hands," "Straight Poker," "Spit in the Ocean," "Hurricane" and "Three Card Monte"

Second, what are the values of each card? Conventionally, regardless of suites, Aces have the highest rank and deuces or two's have the lowest. Here is the rank of each card from highest to lowest: Aces, Kings, Queens, Jacks, Tens, Nines Twos.

Finally, the last advice we could give is to: Read more about it and take time to play it. We are definitely sure you will love Poker.