Poker is one of the biggest games for players because it is played in so many places, online, in land based casinos, among friends and at home. Players enjoy the games under the poker umbrella because they are easy to learn, bring a social aspect and call for pure skill.

Texas Hold’Em

The most recognizable forms of poker is Texas Hold’em Poker. Players are seated around a table with 1 dealer, some games will hold as many as 8 players. The birth place of Texas Hold’em is Robstown, Texas which was introduced in the 1900′s. The game typically ends each round with the pot being given to one player, in one instance the pot is divied up between each player. In this game, two cards are dealt to each player face down, and five community cards are dealt face up, with 1 series of three and 1 series of two cards players will hten look at their cards and choose if they want to check, bet, raise or fold the hand.

Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker originated in China and is deririved from the Chinese game of Pai Gow, which is typically played with dominoes. This game was merged with the American game of poker to create Pai Gow Poker. A Casino owner in Los Angeles is due credit for the birth of this game. The game is played with 1 deck of 52 cards and a joker. The game usually consists of 6 players and 1 dealer, here the players want to overcome the banker which can be a player or a dealer. The players are dealt 7 cards where they will need to make 2 poker hands a high hand and a low hand one with 5 cards and the other 2.

Tri Card Poker

Tri Card Poker is played with three cards so the standard poker hands are a little bit different in this game, players here are actually playing two games at once. There is the Ante & Raise game and then the Pair Plus game. The players are pitted against the dealer, the Ante & Raise game is where the player is betting that their hand is better than the dealer’s and the pair plus game is where the player can make a bet that they will have a poker hand at all. The player has a choice and does not have to bet on both games.

Caribbean Stud, Carribean Hold’em & Caribbean Draw Poker.

There are three sisters within the poker family called the Caribbean Trilogy. Players with this game are able to play a game of poker while making a side progressive jackpot bet of $1. For the most part the Caribbean games are very similar, all want to have the player make the best 5 card poker hand along with beating the dealer. Players also have the choice to call, check, bet or fold in this game. THe difference between these games and typical poker games is the progressive side bet. Professional poker players usually decide against making the progressive bet however, some players like the fact that it’s only $1 and the jackpot could be worth a 6-figure bonus!

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