Poker Rules – Poker Hands
Before you learn the rules of poker you need to know poker hands. In total there are ten combinations of poker, starting with the high card and ending with the royal flash.
High Card – the lowest hand in poker. If you are holding no coincidence then take into consideration the high cards. The highest card in poker is ace.
Next hand is called a pair.
Two pairs – a combination consisting of two pairs. For example, a pair of deuces and a pair of queens.
After the two pairs there is a hand three of a kind. It consists of three cards of the same rank. In Hold’em it is also called thrips.
Straight – Five cards of any suit, going in order. If two or more players straight, winning the one whose street over.
Flush – five suited cards going in any order.
Full House – includes a set and a pair. If two or more players have this combination, the winner is the one who has a higher full house.
Four of a kind – a combination of four cards of the same rank. For example, four queens.
Straight Flush – five cards of the same suit, going in order.
Royal flush – the top five highest cards in the deck, going in order and of the same suit. Royal flush is the oldest and best hand in poker.
iPhone Used to Cheat in Poker
The authorities responsible for gambling control in the U.S. state of Nevada (west) have warned the casinos in the region, including in Las Vegas, that a program installed on the iPhone would allow card counting and might help clients cheatin poker game.
“With the program installed on your phone cards counting become much easier“, wrote Randall Sayre, a member of the supervisor authority of gambling in Nevada, in a letter sent on February 5 to the casinos managers.
He explained that the program can be used also secretly because the phone screen stays switched off, and the program is running if the user knows the location of the keys.
Thus the poker players, for example, of Blackjack or Texas Holdem or any other kind of poker may know at any time the number of cards remaining to be dealt.
Nevada authorities of gambling said that they went on alert after they found many poker players have used this program on the iPhone or iPods from Apple in several casinos from North Carolina (south-east).
In Nevada it is illegal to use various tools to count the cards when playing poker. Players are forced to rely only on mental calculation.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Help Africa with Poker
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have confirmed participation in the charity tournament Ante Up for Africa (AUFA) in the WSOP, which will be held in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
This is the fourth annual event, organized by World Series of Poker.
Its purpose is to raise funds to help the victims of the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.
This year’s competition, with the entry fee of $ 5 millions was scheduled for July 3.
“We are delighted that Matt and Ben have confirmed their participation in this poker tournament. We are looking forward to other famous show-business stars and poker personalities to join us and help draw attention to the severe crisis in these regions of Africa like Darfur, “- said Annie Duke, one of the founders of Ante Up for Africa.
Damon and Affleck are long-time fans of poker and veterans WSOP Ante Up For Africa. Each of them participated in the previous tournaments AUFA, and were able to compete with professional poker players and celebrities of show business.
Frequent participants in AUFA are popular personalities, as Howard Lederer, Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey, Charles Barkley, Mike Tyson.
Phil Hellmuth has appeared regularly as the presenter of the competition.
In present, thanks to Ante Up for Africa were raised over $ 3 million to help the population of Darufa.
Five Stars who Love to Play Poker
Poker makes “victims” not only among ordinary people but also among the stars. A lot of actors, athletes and TV personalities have adopted this hobby over time, and some of them have even started to participate in official competitions. See here one of the top five best-known stars who are comprised of the poker fever.
The actor, famous for his role in the trilogy “Spider-Man”, is an avid poker player. He enlisted for his first tournament in 2004 and was trained by the famous professional player Daniel Negreanu. According to the actor’s close friends, Maguire would have won far more than $ 10 million from poker games.
Affleck chose learning to play poker from two professionals Amir Vahedi and Annie Duke. In 2004 won the California Poker Championship, qualifying for the world finals of the tournament.
Former model, the beautiful actress, known for her roles in movies like “American Pie” and “Scary Movie” considers the poker game as his second career and attends about three times a month poker games with well-known players in the United States, and in Las Vegas. She was coached by Daniel Negreanu and won numerous tournaments and competitions in the field.
Multiple world champion and olympic at different swimming competitions, Phelps is 14 times gold medalist at Summer Olympics and is the holder of seven world records. Furthermore, he said he is obsessed with playing poker and he plays online poker whenever he has the opportunity to. His great dream is to attend the World Series of Poker.
Broadcaster George Costanza from the famous series “Seinfeld” participated to all kinds of tournaments and poker dedicated competitions and qualified in recent years at the World Series of Poker in 2007, but was eliminated in the second day of the event .
Five Movies About Poker
The poker industry exploded in the last decade. Probably most part of the atraction comes from the fact that the poker game requires a combination of skills and luck, and anyone can try to play, the physical condition or a bright mind not being a requirement. Also the movies about poker have enjoyed succes over the years, some of them presenting poker games of maximum intensity or defineing characters with an obsession for this game. Here are five movies you will enjoy if you are a poker ethusiast.
Placed in New York, on the background of the poker players world, Matt Damon, as a master of the card game, trying to start a new life. The hero is a student at a Law School. For him faculty represents the safe road to success, but also a life lacking the emotions he feels playing poker.
Maverick (Mel Gibson) is an invincible card player who is going to participate at a poker competition. The great prize is half of a million dollars. His opponents are planning to remove him from the competition but, Maverick succeeds in the end to get on the ship where the competition was going to take place.
The movie presents the beginning of James Bond’s career. His first mission as „agent 007” leads him to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a terrorist financier world-wide. To stop him and destroy the terrorist network, Bond needs to defeat Le Chiffre in a poker game with high steaks, played at Casino Royale.
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Four young men find them selves in very big debts after a poker game and they need to get the money really fast, or else the consequences are beyond imagination.. The movie is produced by Guy Ritchie.
Lucky You (2007)
The pasionate player Huck Cheevr (Eric Bana) meets the irresistable Billie Offer (Drew Barrymore). To take part in the World Poker Tournament, Huck gets $10.000, the participation fee. His presence at the tournament could bring him afront of his father, the double winner of the tournament (Robert Duvall).
If you’re beginner and know nothing about poker we will provide you with a small poker dictionary.
- Buy-In – the amount of money required to take part in the tournament. The term is also used reffering to the money required to sit at a poker table
- Ante – the money introduced in the game by each player in order to begin the game. It’s not used in a poker game with „blinds”. It’s purpose is to stimulate everybody to remain in the game, so they won’t lose the ante they’ve already paid.
- Blind – the first two bets made by poker players from blind positions. It has this name because the two of them are forced to bet half of the minimum wage (the small blind) and the full minimum wage (the big blind) before receiving even a book.
- Straddle – a voluntary bet equal to the big-blind made at the same time as blinds in general, before receiving cards that offer the privilege of the last betting action. It’s usually practiced in cashgame poker, and the rules that come with it may change.
- Call – the simple completion of the bet already made in order to equal the bet of a poker player before you.
- Check – the simple continuing of the game, without betting (only possible if the players before you didn’t raise as well)
- Pot or family-pot – the name of the amount raised by all the players from the table
- Bump/Kick– the term used for small poker bets
- Limp – placeing of a minimum bet or of a call for the previous bet. It is also used with small blind at the moment of completing the minimum wage to get into the game „limping in”.
- Stack – the number of chips you have in one game. It’s said that a poker player is „short stacked” when he has a few chips but also when he doesn’t have enough chips to give a call or to bet.
What is Poker?
For several decades, there has been much debate around the question what poker is. Is it a normal gambling or intellectual sports as chess and checkers? There is no answer to this question today.
We only know one thing: many people were able to make poker the main source of income and their profession.
Poker is a gambling in which the gain or loss is determined only by player’s skill. Poker is clearly associated with casinos, and its multitude of games. No gambling is presented as the poker game.
The most popular are the Texas Hold’em, Omaha poker, Russian Poker, Oasis Poker, and Six-poker and many others that can be found in abundance in the online poker world. You can find a partner for a game on any rates and types of poker at any time. In all poker rooms there are special tables where you can learn to play poker without money. All this makes poker one of the most undemanding and enjoyable activities.
You can be a professional, without winning the prestigious tournaments of the World Series of Poker WSOP. There is a huge number of people who make good money playing online poker for small rates. Some of them are so successful, they left their main job and earn their living exclusively by poker.
Absolutely all professionals are convinced that poker is a serious business that requires unique intellectual and psychological skills, and it has nothing to do with gambling. This is not accidently. All those who believe otherwise, are doomed to lose in the beginning of their poker career.
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