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.
COMMUNITY CARD GAMES
In these games, players may use any combination of the cards available and only the highest hand will win the pot.
1. The dealer deals five cards to each player, followed by a betting round.
2. Four community cards are dealt to the center of the table, one at a time, with a betting round after each.
3. After the final betting round, there is a showdown. Players make the best five card hand out of the nine cards.
Egyptian Hold 'Em - Play is essentially identical to Texas Hold 'Em, except for the different layout of the community cards.
• The flop: The dealer deals three cards face up in a line along the table.
• The turn: The dealer deals two cards face up directly above where the earlier flop cards were dealt.
• The river: The dealer deals one final card directly above where the earlier turn cards were dealt.
Pineapple or Crazy Pineapple
This is like Hold’Em, but instead of being dealt 2 hole cards, each player gets 3 hole cards. May be played single or double deal.
1. In Pineapple, each player discards one card, followed by a betting round.
2. After the betting is complete, a burn card and the flop(s) is dealt, followed by a betting round in Pineapple.
3. In Crazy Pineapple, each player discards one card after the flop, followed by a betting round.
4. From here, the game is identical to Texas Hold'em. The burn and turn(s) are dealt, a round of betting happens, the burn and river(s) are 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.
1. Three cards are dealt to each player and there is a round of betting.
2. A three-card flop is dealt, followed by a second round of betting.
3. A fourth card is dealt to each player and a fourth card (the turn) to the table, and there is a third round of betting.
4. A fifth card is dealt to each player and a fifth card (the river) to the table, and there is a fourth and final round of betting.
5. Each player in the showdown makes the best possible 5 card poker hand out of the 10 available cards (five in hand and five on the table).
Super Eight (Three-Card Hold’em)
May be played as single deal or double deal.
This is played the same as Texas Hold ‘Em, with the one exception that each player is dealt three cards at the beginning of the game instead of two.
Players may only use a certain number of cards from their hole cards. The rest must be among the community cards. With the exception of Double Deal, all other Omaha varieties may be played as high only or high/low eight or better.
Side Car Add-On Any standard Omaha based game that is dealt with a flop, turn and river may have this add-on. The flop and turn are dealt as usual. The river, however, consists of 2 cards. Players may use only 1 of the 2 river cards. As required in Omaha, players must use 2 of their hole cards plus 3 of the board cards to make their hand. If played high-low a player going both ways may include 1 of the river cards for their high hand and the other for their low hand if they wish.
Omaha or Big O (Five-card Omaha)
This is like Hold’Em, but instead of being dealt 2 hole cards, each player gets 4 or 5 hole cards, but must use exactly 2 of them to form their final hand.
Irish Hold 'Em (Crazy Omaha)
This is played the same as Omaha Hold 'Em, with one exception. After seeing the first three community cards on the flop, each player must discard two of their four cards. The player must use the two remaining cards in his final hand.
In this variation of Omaha five cards are dealt to each person. Nine cards are dealt to the board in a cross pattern: a row of five and a column of five intersecting at one common card in the middle. After the first betting round, one card from each line is exposed; the middle card is exposed after the fifth betting round.
Each player is dealt 5 hole cards followed by a betting round. Four board cards are placed face down. Cards are revealed one at a time with a betting round after each. Players must use 3 of their hole cards plus 2 of the board cards to make their hand.
The most confusing thing is that to make a Badugi hand you need to have 4 cards of different suits and ranks. If you have A-2-3-4 but the ace and 2 are both spades, only one of those cards will count -- your final hand would be just 3 cards: A-3-4. If you have A-A-2-3 of all different suits, the pair still counts against you and you can only use 3 of the cards for your final hand. So your goal is to get the 4 lowest cards of different suits. In Badugi, straights do NOT count against you for low, but matching suits does.
1. Each player is dealt four cards face-down. After each player checks their hand, a round of betting occurs.
2. After the betting is complete, each player is allowed to choose 0-4 cards to discard and draw new cards.
3. After each player has received their new cards, another round of betting occurs. This is followed by a second round where players can draw cards, and a third round of betting. There is then a final round of draw and a final round of betting.
4. Players reveal their hands and a winner is determined. A four card hand, known as a Badugi, always beats any three card hand. When comparing hands with the same number of unsuited cards, the player with the lowest "high" card wins.
Five Card Draw
May be played as single or double draw. May be played high, low (Lowball) or high/low.
1. The dealer deals each player five cards, face down followed by a betting round.
2. Remaining players may trade in up to three cards from their hand for new ones. If a player has an ace, he/she can trade in the other four cards in his/her hand, but must show the ace. This is followed by another betting round of betting.
3. In double draw, another exchange of cards takes place, followed by another betting round.
4. After the betting is completed, players show their hands and the best hand wins the pot.
5. When comparing hands for low, aces can count as low and straights and flushes do not count, so the lowest hand is A-2-3-4-5. Note that this same hand could at the same time win high.
All stud varieties may be played as high only, low only or high/low eight or better.
1. The dealer deals each player two cards down (called hole or pocket cards) and one card face-up.
2. In either high game, the high card has the first option to bet. In Razz, the low card does.
3. Then, another card is dealt to each player face-up. This card is also known as "4th street" or "the turn” followed by another betting round.
4. The fifth card (“5th street” or “the river”) is dealt face-up followed by another betting round.
5. The sixth card is dealt face up with another betting round.
6. The seventh and final card is dealt face-down to the players remaining in the hand. A final round of betting occurs.
7. The players show their hands at the showdown. The player who can make the best five-card hand from the seven they were dealt, wins.
8. In the high/low game, the low hand cannot have a card higher than 8 in it. In other words, if you have Ace-2-4-6-9-10-10 as your final 7-card hand, you don't have a low, because the best low hand you can make is Ace-2-4-6-9. There may not be a qualifying low hand, in which case the high hand "scoops" or wins the whole pot.
9. Razz doesn't have an "eight or better" component to its play. Any hand can win, including hands with low pairs. However, while this is possible, it's highly unlikely, and most winning Razz hands will not have a pair in them. The lowest hand is A-2-3-4-5, because straights and flushes don't count against a hand being low, and aces are counted as low.
New York Stud
1. Each player is dealt two down cards followed by a betting round.
2. The dealer then exposes the top card off of the deck. The first player to the left of the dealer has the option of either choosing the exposed card or a blind one from the top of the deck. Whichever choice the player makes, that player receives the card in his hand face-up. If that player chose the exposed card, then the dealer replaces it with the next card off the top of the deck and gives the same choice to the next player. If that player chose a blind card, then the next player is given the option to take the exposed card or a blind one. The exposed card is not replaced until it is either chosen by a player or the dealer turns it down. Once the dealer turns it down, the round of dealing is over, followed by a betting round.
3. This continues through the four face-up cards, followed by a face down card being dealt to each remaining player.
4. After a final betting round there is a showdown and the best hand wins.
All combo games may be played high, low or high/low eight or better.
English Stud Poker (Stud with a few draws) This is dealt as standard seven-card stud with two down, four up, and one down. However, after the 5th, 6th and 7th cards, prior to the betting round, each player has the option to discard one card from their hand for a new one from the deck. If the player discards one that was face-down, that player receives the new card face-down. If the player discards one that was face-up, that player receives the new card face-up.
Psycho (Five card draws turns into stud)
1. Five cards are dealt to each player followed by a betting round.
2. Players may discard up to three cards, or four if they have an ace, for new ones. Note: You don’t have to trade any cards if you’ve already got good hand, you’ll want to “stand pat” and keep the cards you were first dealt.
3. Each player turns up three cards from their hand. The player with the best hand showing opens up a second betting round.
4. After the second betting round, each player is dealt another card face up. The player with the best hand showing opens a third betting round.
5. After the third betting round, each player is dealt a seventh card face down, now having two down, four up, and one down. The player with the best hand showing opens a final betting round, before the showdown.
Pass The Trash (Anaconda)
1. This game is a high/low split pot game. Straights and flushes do not count against you for the low.
2. All players are dealt seven cards followed by a betting round.
3. Each player chooses 3 cards to pass to your immediate left, followed by a pass of two cards two spots to the left, and a pass of one card three spots to the left, with a betting round after each.
4. If at any time, a pass is not available based on the number of people, the betting round will still occur.