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How it Works
How it Works

How it Works

Poker is played with a pack of fifty-two cards consisting of the four suits  ,, and , and all suits are equal. Each suit has thirteen cards in ascending value: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace. The goal is to have the best combination of five cards or be the last player at the end of a game (the showdown). Casino Wiesbaden offers four kinds of poker: Seven Card Stud, Texas Hold'em, Omaha and Draw Poker. Texas Hold'em and Omaha are the most frequently played games.

Texas Hold’em and Omaha

Texas Hold'em and Omaha are variants of community card poker.

Each player receives two cards face down when playing Hold'em or four when playing Omaha (hole cards). All players are dealt a further five community cards (the board) face up in the middle of the table. To determine the best hand at the showdown, each player has to select the best five-card combination possible from his hole cards and the five community cards. When playing Hold'em, it doesn't matter whether he uses three, four or all five board cards; when playing Omaha, however, he has to use two of his hole cards and three board cards.

How to Play

1. Initial stake: Before the initial deal, the player immediately clockwise from the dealer button posts the "small blind", and the big blind is then posted by the next player to the left. All other players do not have to place any initial stakes.

2. Initial Deal: During an initial deal, the dealer deals each player in succession cards face-down from his stack, starting with the first player after the dealer button. Now comes...

3. The first betting round: The player after the big blind calls first (opener). All subsequent players including the player with the dealer button then have to declare. When it is his turn, and provided he wants to stay in the game, the small blind player must place a bet equivalent to the difference between his blind and the current bet. When it is his turn, the big blind player has another option: if all players have only played the amount of the big blind, he can raise it. However, the big blind player only has this option in the first round of betting and only once. Once all players have placed their bets, the first betting round is over and the dealer lays three cards face up in the middle of the table, the so-called "flop". Followed by...

4. The second betting round: The first player after the dealer button always has to be the first to call from this betting round onward and all subsequent rounds of betting. After all players have called, the dealer places a fourth card on the board, the so-called "turn card", and this is followed by the...

5. The third betting round: Once all the players have placed their bets, the dealer now places the last, fifth card face-up on the board, the so-called "river card", followed by...

6. The fourth (final) betting round: Once all players have placed their bets, the showdown follows.

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