Texas Hold'Em

1.The two players to the left of the dealer put out blind bets. The player directly to the dealer's left puts out the small blind while the player two to the dealer's left puts out the big blind.

2.Every player is dealt two cards, face down. These are called hole or pocket cards.

3.The action, or the first move, falls on the player to the left of the big blind. He or she can either call the bet, raise it, or fold. Betting continues around the table, clockwise.

4.After the betting is completed, three cards are dealt face up in the center of the table, which is referred to as the board. The first three cards in Texas Hold'Em are called the flop. These cards are “community cards” meaning everyone can (and will) use them in combination with their own hole cards to make the best hand.

5.From the flop on, betting begins with the player to the dealer’s left, who can check or bet.

6.A fourth card is dealt face up onto the board. This is called fourth street or the turn card. Another round of betting.

7. The final card is dealt face up. This card is also called fifth street or the river. A final round of betting occurs.

8. The remaining players show their cards and the person who can make the best five card hand by combining their pocket cards with the cards on the board wins.

Note: In some rare cases in Texas Hold'em, the five cards making up the board will actually be the best hand, in which case everyone left in the hand divides up the pot.

Omaha / Eight or Better Omaha

1. Omaha is played much like hold'em. The main difference is that every player is dealt four cards, face down.

2.After the final round of betting, the remaining players show their cards. To make their final five-card hand, players must use two of their four hole cards and three of the cards on the board. Players can use any two cards from the hole and any three cards from the board, but it must be exactly 2 from the hole cards and 3 from the board to make the best 5-card hand.

3. In Eight or Better Omaha, the high hand splits the pot with the low hand. For a hand to qualify as a low, it can't have any card higher than 8 in it.

Pineapple / Crazy Pineapple

1. Just as in Hold'em, the two players to the left post blinds before the deal. In both Pineapple Poker games, instead of being dealt 2 hole cards as in Texas Hold'em, each player gets 3 hole cards to begin.

2. Now, the changes begin. In Pineapple, before the 1st betting round, each player discards one hole card. Then, there's a round of betting.

3. After the betting is complete, the flop is dealt, and another round of betting begins

4. Here's where it gets "Crazy" -- after the second round of betting is done, all players remaining in the hand choose 1 card from their 3 hole cards to discard. So everyone now only has the regular 2 hole cards just like in Texas Hold'em again.

5. From here, the game is identical to Texas Hold'em. The turn is dealt, a round of betting happens, the river is dealt, another betting round, and then there's the showdown. Players can use any combination of the 2 hole cards in their hands and the 5 board or community cards on the table to make the best hand, and the best hand wins the pot.


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