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Learn To Play Poker

With family and friends at home for days on end over Christmas why not learn how to play poker. This game  began in the late 17th century. Many sources state various countries of origin including; United States, Germany, France, England, Ireland and even the Persian Empire.

But although these various sources disagree with regards to the place in which it originated, most logical historians will state that the game of Poker as it now exists is the result of a merging of a collection of games. Some speculation over the earliest beginnings claim that similar games were played involving cards and betting in the Persian and Egyptian empires whilst others consider the influence was rooted in Chinese card games.

The French carried over the Atlantic to the New World with Poque playing explorers. In the process of pioneering this new land the explorers hit upon New Orleans and after settling on the banks of the Mississippi River developed their own regional version of Poque, that version became known as Poker.

As explorers manning fleets from various European nations descended upon what would become the United States of America and pushed further west, the game of Poker became a great favourite for pioneers inhabiting saloons on the frontier. The game enjoyed further popularity during the American civil war and since then has expanded into various regional varieties with various rules.

The term “poker” is used as an umbrella term that describes a card game involving bluffing and betting amongst other rules and techniques.

The Texas Hold ‘em games include all the defining rules of traditional poker. Initially players must put in a blind or ante to buy into the games. Players are dealt a hand of two cards that remain face down until they are forced to show these cards, at this point the first round of betting occurs. When faced with a bet a player can either fold, removing themselves from this hand, make a bet, depending on whether it is their turn to begin the betting, or match a bet made by another player. After the first round of betting on their two cards, three cards from the main deck are dealt out on the table and another round of betting occurs. This pattern of dealing and betting occurs for another two cards conse­cutively until five cards are out on the table. A final round of betting occurs in which players either bluff or bet for a big hand and try to force the others into submission and showing their cards.

The hands on which the players will be betting could either be good or poor, but it is up to the player to decide whether to try and trick the other participants into thinking they have a good hand, the bluff, or to fold if the hand is particularly poor. In a standard pack of cards, and playing with no joker, the best hand is a straight flush in which all of the cards are the same suit and running in consecutive order, such as; 2,3,4,5,6 all hearts. The order then runs thusly; four of a kind, full house, flush, straight, three of a kind, two pair, one pair, high card. The dilemma occurs when the player assumes that they have a good hand compared to the other participants and whether that hand is worth a bet.

Drastic changes to the rules and techniques used in games of poker, including the more traditional versions, have occurred in the past decade.

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