.. the key to success in poker is in your hands.

The games listed below all fall under the rank of poker in that a common theme amongst them is that the result is determined by the best normal five card poker hand. Another similarity is the method of betting that follows same pattern of bet, check or raise and the winner is decided when all players check, and if one player raises after every one else has checked, that player is the winner.

Texas holdem Betting begins before any cards are dealt with the player to the right of the dealer having to post a bet without seeing any cards and so he is betting blind and known as the small blind and the person on his right has to double that bet and is the big blind. Two cards given face down to each player and after looking at the cards the player can elect to play for the cost of the big blind or to fold free of charge. These cards are known as the hand or the pocket. Next, three cards are dealt face up in the centre of the table. They are known as the ‘flop’. A further card dealt face up is the ‘turn’ and then fifth face up card, ‘the river’, is dealt. The five face up cards are the community cards and are available to all players. Betting is in stages; after the hand is dealt, after the flop, after the turn and after the river. Betting can be a raise or a check. The betting round is completed when all players have checked or dropped out. The winner is decided by who has the best five card normal poker hand using the seven cards available to each player; ie the two card ‘pocket’ and the five community cards. A player can use one or both cards in his ‘pocket’ to make up his five card poker hand.

Omaha holdem Is similar to Texas holdem in order of betting, and dealing of the cards with the exception that players are dealt four cards for their hand or ‘pocket’ instead of two. However when it comes time to decide a winner the player can only use two cards from his hand and three from the community cards in order to make his five card poker hand.

Seven card stud To start the game each player puts in an agreed amount of cash, the ante. Each player is given two cards face down and a third face up. The player with the lowest card bets first; this is the ‘bring in’ or open and also known as third street. Players may check raise or fold. If there are any raises after a person has checked then the check bet must be increased to the amount of the highest raise in order to continue in the hand. Once every one has checked or folded each player is given a fourth card (fourth street) again face up and betting continues as in third street. The same action is repeated for a fifth and sixth card (fifth and sixth street). The seventh card is dealt face down, betting continues until all have checked and the cards turned down are exposed. The winner is the player with the best five card poker hand made up from the seven cards.