HOW TO PLAY: The player to deal the first hand can be decided by any method. The ”Dealer Button” is placed in front of the dealer. After each comleted hand,the ”Dealer Button” is moved clockwise to the next player who becomes the dealer. The dealer give two cards face down to each player. These are called ”pocket cards”. Do not let any other player see your cards.
A round of betting will take place. (See explanation of betting below)
The Dealer will turn over three(3) community cards,face up,on the center of the table. These are called the ”flop”. Thus each player with his own pocket cards and the flop,already has the equivalent of a five card poker hand.
A second round of betting will take place.
The Dealer will turn over a fourth community card on the table. The card s called ”turn”,also referred to as ”fourth street”
A third round of betting will take place.
The dealer will turn over a fifth community card on the table.
The card is called the ”river”.It is the river of dreams.
A fourth and final round of betting will take place.
THE SHOWDOWN: Each player may use the best 5 the community and pocket cards to make a hand. The players,who have not previously folded their cards,show their hands. The best hand wins all of the chips that have been bet. If the comunity cards are the best hand the remaining players split the pot.
HOW TO BET: Betting is always done in clockwise order. The first person to act is the one sitting on the left hand side of the player who deals the cards. This person has three choices: he can bet,fold(turn in his cards and drop out of the hand) or check(pass the opportunity to bet to the next player) All Bets are put onto the middle of the table and make up what is called the ”pot”
After the intial bet if there is one,the rest of the players in turn have three choices .They can fold,call(match the bet of the previous player) or raise a bet(call and make an incremental bet) A round of betting is finished when all remaining players have acted at least once and have cntributed the same amount to the pot. The cumulative number of raises for each round of betting shall not exceed three.
Uncless otherwise stated before the game,you are premitted to check or call a bet the first time through and raise the next time the action comes to you.
The amount of the bets and raises is predetermined prior to the start of the game. During the first two rounds each bet and raise must be in the amount of the minimum bet. During the last two rounds each bet and raise must be in the amount of the maximum bet. The miminum bet should be one half the amount of the maximum bet for example 2 chips and 4 chips.
To insure there is always money in the pot,each hand starts with ”blinds”. Prior to seeing their cards the first player to the left of the dealer will bet 50% of the minimum bet and the second player will bet an amount equal to the mimimum bet. The betting will then continue from the third player.This is only done once,prior to the first round of betting.
As an option you may play a NO-LIMIT game. There are designated blinds and or antes as well as a designated opening bet. After that any player may pet any amount of money he has on the table. In fact,a player may call for a bet in the amount of all chips in front of him. This is called ”all in”
A player is never obliged to drop ount of contention because he does not have a sufficient number of chips to match a bet. The excess amount of the bet is either a returned to the player or used in a side pot with other players who matched the entire amount of the bet.
POKER HANDS FROM HIGEST TO LOWEST:
STRAIGHT FLUSH(FIVE CONSECUTIVE CARDS OF THE SAME SUIT)
FOUR OF A KIND
FULL HOUSE(THREE OF A KIND AND ONE PAIR)
FLUSH (FIVE CARDS OF THE SAME SUIT)
STRAIGHT (FIVE CONSECUTIVE CARDS ACES MAY BE USED BEFOR A TWO OR AFTER A KING)
THREE OF A KIND
HIGH CARD (ACE ,KING, QUEEN, JACK, TEN, NINE, EIGHT, etc.)