Guessing games, similar to poker have been played for over five centuries but what we know as poker today was developed in the United States in the 1800s. Poker has been the most widespread card game ever since in the US as well as most corners of the world. The game can be played for fun with mock money, among friends with insignificant wagers, for real money in brick-and-mortar casinos’ poker rooms or their online counterparts or in tournaments with astronomical figures to be won.
In this article, we are going to discuss the basics of poker to give you some inspiration if you are not familiar with the game yet. Hungarian casino expert, Boross Ors is helping us highlight the main features of the game. Read more about Ors here.
Where to play
If you are new to the game you might want to practice before you sit down to play against experienced players. If you are looking for an online casino to play at check out the list on online casino Hungary website which lists casinos that accept players from Hungary.
To practice your poker hands, you can play video poker. In this game, you are not playing against other people and the payouts are made depending on what poker hand you get.
Once you have some experience you can venture into a poker room and play online poker against other players. However, the most immersive experience how you can play poker online is through a live dealer game. Here you are playing against the dealer through a real-time video connection, you are looking at a real person who shuffles real cards and lays them on an actual poker table.
Land-based casinos also offer poker rooms and professional poker players can participate in international poker tournaments. Hungarian players are ranking 30th in terms of total profit on poker tournaments and the most successful players are Marton Czuczor, Andras Koroknai and Andras Nemet.
How to play poker
There are so many poker variations it would be hard to list them all. Poker rules are not set-in-stone and it can be up to the players to decide if they want to use wilds, what their pot limit is and if high hands or low hands win in a game. It is always advisable to make sure you know the rules of the table you are going to play at.
The value of the poker hand is always the most important thing, no matter what type of poker you are playing but of course, you can always bluff.
Poker hands are the most valuable in this order:
- Royal flush
- Straight flush
- Four of a kind
- Full house
- Three of a kind
- Two pair
- High card
Most popular poker game types
Texas Hold ‘Em: most people mean this type of poker when they just say “poker” and it is by far the most popular type of the game. Players are dealt with two-hole cards and they wait for five community cards to be revealed. Players can bet four times in this game: once after the hole cards are dealt, then after 3 of the community cards are revealed and two more times when the last two community cards are revealed one by one.
Omaha: in this game, four-hole card is dealt as well as five community cards that are revealed all at once. Players need to use two of their hole cards and three of the common ones and they can bet four times during the game.
Apart from community card games, there are stud games where players receive 5 to 7 cards and must make their poker hand using those cards and there are draw games where they receive a certain number of card and they can exchange up to three of them to improve their hand.
Poker is a very popular game all over the world and it is not hard to understand why. It requires skills and it can be played alone, against a dealer or against a group of people. The game has lots of types and rules that can be bent so it will never grow boring. Large amounts of money can be won therefore some people made it their full-time profession to play poker.