In Texas hold’em each player is dealt two hole cards face down after which the first round of betting begins. As soon as betting concludes, the dealer flips over three cards (FLOP) and places them in the middle of the table. Then the second round of betting begins. Upon conclusion of betting, the dealer turns over the fourth up card (TURN). The third round of betting then begins. Next the dealer turns over the fifth (final) card (RIVER) and the fourth and final round of betting begins. Following its conclusion, the players left in the game reveal their cards. The winner is the player with the best poker hand from five cards, i.e. the player chooses five of a possible seven cards (two of his own and five community cards). A player may use all the community cards and not use any of his own cards that he was dealt.
Omaha is similar to Texas hold’em in that, like in hold’em, five community cards (flop, turn and river) are dealt face up, but initially each player has four down cards instead of two (or five cards in five-card Omaha). To form the best hand, the player should use exactly two of his own four (five) cards, plus exactly three of the community cards. Bets are made the same way as in hold’em. All four (five) cards must be shown at the time the cards are revealed to receive the pot. All the rules of hold’em are applied except for the rule of forming a hand solely from the community cards, which is prohibited in Omaha (since a player must use two of his own cards and three of the community cards).
Omaha High-Low. A low hand is formed from cards eight and below. A player may use any two of his four cards and three of the cards on the table to produce a high hand and another two (or the same) of his own four cards and three cards on the table for a low hand. All the rules of Omaha High apply to Omaha High-Low except for the following: a low hand is formed from cards eight and below unless otherwise stipulated. If no hand can be defined as low, the best high hand wins the pot.
Five-Card Stud Poker is played with a deck of thirty-two cards (from seven to ace). Each player is dealt one card face down and four cards face up. The dealing begins with the dealer collecting an ante (established by the casino and players) from each player, then the dealer deals each player two cards, one face down, one face up, and the first round of betting begins. Once betting is concluded, the dealer discards a burn card and deals the players a second card face up. The second round of betting then begins. Following the second round of betting, the dealer discards a second burn card and deals each player a third card face up and the third round of betting begins. Then the dealer discards a third burn card and deals the players the final fourth card face up and the final fourth round of betting begins. Once the final round of betting concludes, the players remaining in the hand and in competition for the pot reveal all of their cards and the dealer determines the winning player with the best poker hand. The card dealing starts with the player to the left of the dealer. The deck is cut by the player sitting to the right of the player sitting on the button. Betting is started by the player with the best card or best hand. The hole card in 5-Card Stud may be from the pot to twice the pot amount. The difference between this game and other types of poker using a deck of 52 cards is that a flush is greater than a full house since there is a smaller probability of getting a flush from a deck of 32 cards.
Seven-Card Stud Poker is played with two down cards and one up card that are dealt prior to the first round of betting after which another three up cards are dealt (the betting round takes place after each card is dealt). After the final down card is dealt, the last round of betting takes place. The best hand of five cards wins the pot. In all games with a restricted bet limit, the lowest bet is made on the first two cards and the highest bet is made after the betting round for the fifth, sixth or seventh cards. If any pair is revealed on the fourth card, any player may make a high or low bet. Deliberately changing the order of a player’s up cards is not permitted since this misleads other players. The first round of betting begins with the lowest of the up cards. In subsequent betting rounds, the game starts with the highest hand at the table (this order is disrupted when the player who is the first to be dealt cards goes first). A player who makes a string bet may start the game with a full bet. Increasing the bet in a string bet equal to a full best is not considered a raise, but only the completion of a bet. For example, in a $15–30 game, the lowest card starts the game with $5. If the next player raises the bet to $15 (completes the bet), up to three raises are permitted after this if the limit is used with a restriction of three raises. If a player’s first or second card was accidentally turned over by the dealer, the third card for this player shall be dealt face down. A card that is dealt off the table must be involved in the game and is considered an open card unless other rules are used.
067-Card Stud High-Low
Seven Card Stud High-Low is a version of stud poker that is played with both low and high hands. Low consists of cards 8 and below unless otherwise stipulated. The lowest card starts the game in the first round, while the ace is considered the highest card. In subsequent rounds, play is started by the player with the highest hand (card). If two identical high hands (cards) are revealed, the game is started by the player sitting closest to the button. In games with a fixed limit, the lowest limit is used for the third and fourth cards and the upper limit is used in subsequent betting rounds, and an open pairing does not affect the limit. Aces may be used for high and low. Straights and flushes do not affect the low. A player may use any five cards to form the best high hand and the same or another hand of five cards to form the best low hand. All the rules of 7-Card Stud apply to 7-Card High-Low unless otherwise indicated. Low consists of cards 8 and below unless otherwise stipulated. If there is no hand that can be defined as low, the best high hand wins the entire pot. A player may use any five cards to form the best high hand and any five of the same cards as for the high hand or others to form the best low hand.