Popularly known as the “American game” was first developed during the 19th century in the United States. However, it is also believed that the game was influenced by ‘Aa-Nas’, the Russian bet which is more or less played in the same way.
It is said that Poker is simple to learn, yet tough to master. This mysterious game is played with a decent number of 6-7 players seated around a table. Though it is entertained all over the world in different ways, the fundamentals are always the same and it is done in the format of ‘Texas Hold ’Em’, which is; it is played with a deck of cards and among the players there would be one dealer as a referee and the rest of them playing. The person towards the left of the dealer will begin the game on Betist by choosing to bet or check (simply passing the chance to the next person) and there are four stages to it.
- The first stage is the Pre-flop, in which the dealer deals two cards face down to each player.
- Second Stage-Flop. After the first round, the dealer will lay down three cards in the middle in front of the players, called ‘community cards,’ which the players can use.
- Third Stage-Turn. The third stage is the same as the second stage, except the dealer will add another card on the table.
- Lastly, while the participants still get one final chance to bet/check/raise (add more to the bet)/fold (give up), the referee of the match puts one last card onto the table so that the contestants can check, fold, raise or bet. This is known as, River.
By the end, the winner of the match would be the one that didn’t fold (i.e. give up) or the one that made everyone else fold. Ultimately, the main aim is that the player should match the royal flush or any other basic ranking card in order to win the match.
As mentioned earlier, Poker is played worldwide in different methods. Some of the methods are:
- Texas Hold ’Em
- Follow the Queen
- Connect four
- Iron cross
And the list goes on. Each method is played in a unique manner, and they are all interesting in their own ways.