How to Spot Poker Bluffs
Poker is a game of deception where one player can act as if he is weak yet he has very strong hands or act as if he has monster cards yet he has nothing. It is a pretty good challenge if someone is just bluffing his way to the chips and it takes experience to spot someone who is trying to bluff. (more…)
How to Play Middle Pocket Pairs Before Flop
Mid pocket pairs or cards ranging from 7-7 through J-J are pretty much strong poker hands but they give a lot of trouble to a lot of poker players. These cards have a good potential to win the chips on the center but it is with how you play them that makes this possible. Better cards will be on the table and you are not sure if you can come out ahead of everyone else. (more…)
How to Improve Your Poker Game
1- Poker players who are just starting out tend to make a mistake by playing too many hands. One must remember that when you are a beginner, in order to stay in the game, you must stay in hands that are not all that good. Beginners should remember that to play more, they must lose more. (more…)
Betting on the River in Poker
Betting on the river is a unique round. Before this round, players had the opportunity to improve his hand. Once you reach the river, the bets here are just bluffs or value bets. You cannot knock a player out and you cannot semi-bluff. For this article we focus on how betting goes when you are on a heads up and when you are playing as the aggressor. (more…)
C-Bet for Beginner Poker Players
Poker is not a simple game to play. It requires skill, luck but most of all wisdom. Yes, wisdom of knowing when to call, bet, raise or just fold. For players looking for a more simple game they can go for a roulette online website. Beginners face many problems while playing poker, and understanding the nuance of when and how to bet is one of them. They generally have trouble playing poker on the flop and after the bets are raised. This article discusses the continuation bet, or “c-bet”.
You may ask what is a c-bet? (more…)
What is Caribbean and Crazy Pineapple Poker?
Caribbean poker is a unique variation from all the other forms of poker in that players do not bet against each other. It is an American casino game in which each individual plays against the bank. In some ways, it is similar to a Blackjack style game except using poker rules. To begin the game, both the players and the bank make their antes. Following this, five cards are dealt to the players and the bank, respectively. The difference is that the bank receives one of the five cards face-up while all the rest of the cards dealt to the bank and player are face-down.
From here, the player must decide to either fold (and therefore lose their ante) or make a bet. The dealer then reveals their four remaining cards. If the dealers hand is not Ace-King or better, the player is paid even money on the ante and nothing (i.e., a push) on the bet. If the dealers hand is Ace-King or better, it is said to qualify (for play against the player). In the case where the dealers hand is better than the players, the players ante and bet are collected by the house. If the dealers qualifying hand is worse than the players hand, the player is paid even money on the ante and an amount on the bet according to the players hand as follows:
- AK or pair1:1
- Two pair2:1
- Three of a kind3:1
- Full house7:1
- Four of a kind20:1
- Straight flush50:1
- Royal flush100:1
Crazy Pineapple Rules for Poker
Crazy Pineapple is a rather interesting variation to the standard Texas Hold Em style of poker. To begin, each player in the game is dealt three cards that are face-down. These are called pocket or hole cards. After the first round of betting that follows beginning with the player to the left of the dealer, the dealer will turn over three community cards (called the flop) face-up in the middle of the table. Following this, the second round of betting begins and all players must discard one of their pocket cards.
The dealer then proceeds to turn over one more community card (called the turn). The third betting round then commences and involves the dealer turning over the final community card (called the river). After the final round of betting, the showdown takes place between all players still in the game. Players can use any combination of the community cards and their own pocket cards to form the best five card hand. The player with the highest hand wins.
In Crazy Pineapple Hi/Low, the rules are changed so that instead of the high hand winning, the low hand wins instead.
What is Lowball Poker?
Lowball is a unique and fun variation to the standard Five Card Draw game of poker. In Lowball, the worst poker hand wins rather than the high hand. Lowball begins and operates like a standard game of Five Card Draw with each player being dealt five cards face-down. The first round of betting then commences where each player must either bet or fold. (more…)
Five Card Draw vs Texas Holdem
Five Card Draw is probably the most time proven and played game of poker. Simple and concise, it gets the job done while staying fun all the while. Although not often player in casino or tournament play, Five Card Draw is still the most popular poker style used at informal meetings. Like all games of poker, Five Card Draw begins by all players putting in their ante prior to being dealt their cards to ensure there is a pot to be won. From there, each player is dealt five cards face-down by the dealer. (more…)
Texas Holdem Starting Hands
Picking your starting hands in Texas Holdem is one of the most important and potentially profitable things you can do. Here’s a guideline of some premium hands you could consider playing no matter what your position, courtesy of Phil Hellmuth’s fantastic book Play Poker like the Pros. (more…)
Poker Term Definitions
In this poker rules guide, we have assumed you know at least basic poker terminology. Here are some common terms you should know to be able to understand the rules for poker games. (more…)