March 2016: The iPoker Network recently launched a new variant of the good ol’ Texas Hold’em called Six Plus Hold’em. There is no difference between this and Texas Hold’em except the former has lesser number of cards.
Six Plus Hold’em is played with 36 cards, not 52. All the cards from 2 to 5 of all suits are removed from the deck; hence it is played with cards 6 to Kings, plus Aces. That’s why the name ‘Six Plus’. Owing to this, the ranking of hands has been altered because the probabilities change with a smaller deck. Aces can be used as the higher or lower end of a straight. Hence, the lowest straight in a Six Plus game becomes A,6,7,8,9. Flushes become rarer and hence stronger hands.
The new hierarchy of hands for Six Plus Hold’em is as follows –
Four of a Kind
Three of a Kind
Six Plus poker is a heavy action game that is fast becoming popular among the high-stakes games in Macau. iPoker aims to turn it into a game that both recreational as well as professional players can indulge in.
Reverse Hold’em is just Texas Hold’em played in reverse. The community cards are dealt in the reverse order. Everything else remains the same.
Every player gets two hole cards. The small blind, big blind, betting rounds and hand rankings are just like regular Texas Hold’em. The only difference is in how the community cards are dealt. Opposed to regular Hold’em where the cards are dealt as three on the flop and one each on the turn and river, in Reverse Hold’em the cards are dealt as one each on the flop and turn and three on the river.
Reverse Hold’em requires more use of math and strategy because you get to see only one card on the flop and turn. You can’t say what you are drawing or what your opponent has hit until the last 3 cards fall. Since majority of the cards come at the end, you need to make some smart decisions while betting.
Reverse Hold’em is a lot of fun to play in terms of mystery and even strategy. It also provides your brain’s gray matter a good workout.
BlackJack is a card game where you weigh the odds and place your bets. It is played on absolute luck.
The poker world added an interesting twist by combining BlackJack with Texas Hold’em. It’s called BlackJack Hold’em. This game gives you the thrill of BlackJack combined with the skill of poker, and the winnings are distributed among the players, not given to the house.
How to play BlackJack Hold’em
The Card Values of this variant remain the same as in BlackJack. From 2 to 10, it’s the face value of the card. The Jack, Queen and King are a value of ten and the Ace is either 1 or 11, the player gets to choose. The hand value is the sum of the value of all cards in hand.
Hands Rankings in BlackJack Hold’em
The best hand is when a player has 7 cards without going over a total of 21, called the 7 Card Charlie.
The next best are the sums, 21, 20, etc.
When all the hands are over 21, the hand closest to 21 wins.
All the players with a total sum of 21 have an equal hand.
The player sitting to the left of the dealer posts the small blind.
The player to the left of the small blind posts the big blind.
There are four betting rounds, two before the Stand-Hit and two after.
1st Round: Players are dealt one card face down. The player to the left of the BB starts. He can fold, call or raise. This continues in a clockwise direction until equal bets have been placed on table.
2nd Round: The next card dealt is face up for everyone to see. The second round starts with the player who posted the small blind.
3rd Round: The small blind starts the action. The players still playing can choose hit or stand. The can go for hit if they need more cards to total 21 or stand if they are near or at 21. If they select hit, they get a card face down. A player may have a total of more than 21 and still be in the game. You can draw max seven cards.
Like Texas Hold’em, as soon as players finish betting, the game goes to showdown. The player closest to or at 21 wins the pot. If two players have the same sum like 17 or 20, then they split the pot. If both or all players cross 21, then the one closet to 21 wins.
BlackJack Hold’em combines luck with math, skill and strategy. It is great fun to play. Many online poker websites offer this variant of Texas Hold’em. It is good entertainment on a rainy day.
Texas Hold’em is the most popular variant of poker in the world. When you think of poker, the first thought generally jumps to Texas Hold’em. Courtesy of the latest James Bond movie Casino Royale, this poker variant has become all the more popular among today’s generations.
Although poker has many variants, like Omaha, Stud, Razz, etc. Hold’em is the most widely-played. In this article, we will tell you how Texas Hold’em is played. But first, a little glimpse into the basics of poker for those who are looking to start playing this game.
Poker mainly involves betting, and the amount that is bet by all the players is collected into a common ‘pot’. This money goes to whichever player makes the best 5-card hand. There is a pre-decided hierarchy of hands. Based on that, the community cards and your opponents’ betting patterns, you should choose what to do.
And here’s how to play Texas Hold’em –
Before the game starts, every player gets two cards each. They are called ‘Hole Cards’. These cards are yours, and not common.
After the cards are dealt, the player to the left of the dealer posts the small blind. The player to the left of the small blind posts the big blind. Blinds are compulsory bets at the start of a new hand. The small blind is half of the big blind.
After the big blind, the betting begins. In the first round, a player can call the bet of the big blind, raise the amount, or fold out of the hand.
Once all the players have bet, the flop is dealt. The flop consists of three cards.
After the flop, the second round of betting begins. Here, apart from calling, raising and folding, players can also check. Checking means staying in the hand without betting. However, if a player bets, then all other players need to call the bet, raise or fold.
Then the turn card is dealt. This is just one card. Betting follows the same pattern.
Then the river card is dealt, which is the last of the community cards. This is again followed by a round of betting.
Then the game goes to showdown. All the players in the hand open their cards for the dealer to see. The player with the highest five-card hand wins the pot. If there are multiple players with same-ranking hands, then the pot is split.
The following are the variants of Texas Hold’em.
Pot Limit Texas Hold’em – Here, the limit of the pot is set. There is a big bet and small bet, and players cannot bet below or above it. The big blind is always equal to the small bet. For example, in Pot Limit table of INR 5/10 bets, the blinds are INR 2.5/5.
No Limit Texas Hold’em – Here, you can bet any amount, even all your chips, at any given time in the game. There is no upper limit for the amount of bet.
Now that you know how to play Texas Hold’em and the two variants under it, why don’t you give it a try? After playing for a while, you will know what stakes you are comfortable with and can go ahead from there.
Omaha is the second popular poker variant. It is the same as Texas Hold’em in terms of betting and hand rankings, with a small difference. In Omaha, every player is dealt FOUR hole cards. Everything else follows the same pattern as Hold’em.
Omaha is more fun and exciting because the players need to make the highest five card hand using just two of their four hole cards. Choosing the winning hole cards adds a fun twist to Omaha.
How to play Omaha
Every player gets four hole cards.
The player to the left of the dealer posts the small blind, and the player left of the small blind posts the big blind.
The same betting patterns follow pre-flop, post-flop, post-turn and post-river. The actions are the same, calling, raising, checking or folding.
The showdown is where things get interesting. The dealer needs to decide the highest five card hand from 2 hole cards and 3 board cards.-
Now, let’s see the variants of Omaha.
Pot Limit Omaha – The limit of the pot is set. There is a big bet and small bet, and players cannot bet below or above these. The big blind is always equal to the small bet. A Pot Limit table can have INR 10/20 bets, with blinds of INR 5/10.
No Limit Omaha – You can bet any amount, even all your chips, at any given time in the game. There is no upper limit for the amount of bet.
Omaha is an immensely exciting game to play. Even when you think you are making the winning hand, someone is almost always making a greater hand. It needs more thinking and strategy than Hold’em. And you can also win bigger in it.
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