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Poker 101

October 8, 2013

Background:

Poker is an individual card game that involves both chance and skill. Players bet on the value of their hands: and while you can’t control the hand you’re dealt, bluffing is an integral facet of the game. The dealer never participates in the game, and does not have a stake in any hand.

Poker Variants:

Poker is a “gaming family,” which means that there are variants with individual rules. Texas Hold ‘Em, Seven Card Stud, and Omaha are three of the most popular variations. To learn more about the nuances of each game, take a look at our Rules of Play Guide, which details rules and tips for our players.

Basic Rules:

Although each variant has slightly different rules, some basic practices apply to every game. Every variation is played with a standard 52-card deck, and each player is dealt cards at the start of the game. Winning hands are ranked in the following order:

  • Royal Flush
  • Straight Flush
  • Four of a Kind
  • Full House
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • Three of a Kind
  • Two Pair
  • One Pair

Based on their hand, players can either:

  • Call: Match their most recent bet
  • Raise: Increase the amount of the current bet
  • Fold: Forfeit the hand and withdraw from the game

Players can bluff to make their competition believe that they have a better hand than they actually do, and thus encourage people with better hands to fold. The ability to bluff can have a big influence on who wins the game.

If your relationship with the game feels a little shaky, feel free to visit Spirit Mountain Casino For Poker Class Friday, held weekly at 7p.m.? The tutorial is completely free and ensures that you’ll be mastering the gaming tables in no time. After mastering the basics and honing your skills, you will be ready to play a variety of games in our expansive Poker Room!


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