Las Vegas Poker

PokerThe game of Poker engenders scenes of drunken cowboys trying to out bluff their opponents, and more often than not ending up in a brawl or shoot-out with accusations of cheating. Poker is certainly reminiscent of the early days of gambling, particularly in the ‘Deep South’ and the ‘Wild West’ of the USA.

No-one really knows where poker originated, and it possibly has its roots in all the given stories of its birth, but we do know for sure that it was played in New Orleans in the early 1800’s with a deck of 20 cards!

Arguably the most popular of card games, poker is played all through the world, and over the years a number of variations to the original game have come into play.

The Basics of Poker

Bets are placed into a central pot according to the cards dealt to each player. Whoever has the highest hand, according the specified rules of the game, wins, or alternatively the person who holds out the longest, regardless of the value of the cards in his hand, will win. Other players will have folded, or given up, and thrown their cards down as they do not believe that they have the winning hand!

Poker is a game which requires little emotion. If, for instance, a player has a winning hand, he should not telegraph the fact to the other players, or they may all fold, leaving the winner with a very small pot of winnings. Alternatively many a game has been won by a player who literally has no value in his hand. He will ‘bluff’ the other players and bet large amounts of money hoping to scare off the opposition – hence the term ‘poker face’.

Poker Variations

The casinos of Las Vegas offer an impressive range of poker games, but possibly the most popular is known as ‘Texas Hold’em’. Three of the more common variations are:

  • Draw Poker – Here players are each dealt five or more cards, all face down. The players are each allowed to replace these cards a certain number of times before placing their bets.
  • Stud Poker – Players again receive five or more cards, but some of them are dealt face up one by one, revealing them to the rest of the players at the table. Cards cannot be replaced, as in draw poker.
  • Community Card Poker – Here individual cards dealt to each player are mixed with community cards dealt face up and shared by all the players at the table. The purpose of the game is to try and make up the best hand from cards held, and the community cards on the table. In Texas Hold’em, only 2 individual cards are dealt to each player.

If you can’t make it to Las Vegas to play poker, why not join the thousands of punters who wager online.