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Poker rules vary depending on whether you play Texas Holdem, Stud or another hybrid of the great game. The Poker Jokers recommend and play Texas Holdem knock-out tourneys. In these poker games, there can be only one. The spoils go to the last man standing. The Texas Hold em rules are very easy to learn.
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Pick out player names at random. Who you sit next to will have a major influence on your game. The ideal is to sit left of a passive player who does not raise, as you will see alot of 'free cards' without having to put money in.
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Poker Rule 2 - The Hole Cards (2 cards of your own)
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In a Texas Hold'em game each person is dealt 2 cards face down, the 'hole cards'. A round of betting takes place. There are 5 more cards to come and the strength of your hand may change.
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Poker rules on the flop

Poker Rule 3 - The Flop (shared cards 1, 2 and 3)

The dealer turns 3 cards face up in the centre of the table. These are community cards that can be used by every player. You now have a five card poker hand (your 2 plus 3 shared). A round of betting takes place.
Poker rules on 4th street
Poker Rule 4 - Fourth Street (shared card number 4)
A 4th community card is dealt face up in the centre of the table. You must select 5 cards from 6 to make the best poker hand. The strength of your hand will have changed. A round of betting takes place.
Poker rules on the river card
Poker Rule 5 - The River Card (shared card number 5)
You have a total of 7 cards, 5 shared and 2 of your own. You can only use five to make a best poker hand. A round of betting takes place. Raise, call or fold? Its time to decide whether your hand can win!

Once the final round of betting is completed, any players left in the game show their 2 hole cards and announce their best hand. The winner is the player with the highest ranking 5 card poker hand. It is possible that all 5 shared cards make the best hand and the pot may be split.

Players that fold during the game do not have to show their cards. If a player raises and all the players fold, he wins the hand. This player does not have to show his cards. You have to call a raise and 'pay the looking price' to see a players cards.

The basic rules of poker are simple. Yet no rule book can cover every eventuality. Disputed situations are common in poker.

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