Poker Game and Its Variants

Poker has been known to exist since 1829. This card game was first recorded to be played in New Orleans with a deck consisting of 20 cards. Four bettors were involved in the game at the time. The game began to use a deck of 52 cards since 1850. Since the introduction of the game, poker has developed rapidly and becoming one of the most popular gambling games. Along with the development of casinos and other gambling houses, this game received many variants mostly created in mid 1900s in the United States. Some of the most popular variants of poker include:

1. Straight

Straight is the oldest variant of poker games. This variant allows a complete hand dealt to each of the players. During one round, the gamblers are permitted to change their bets (either raising or re-raising). This variant was later developed into more complex forms of card game such as Primero and three-card brag.

2. Draw Poker

While straight is a three-card hands game, draw poker uses five-card hands. In this type, after a complete hand is dealt and the players put their wagers, these players can change their hands by discarding unwanted card in hand and dealing with new hands. Developments in this variant create more kinds of draw games such as California lowball, Gardena jackpots, Kansas City lowball, Badugi, Baduci, California high/low split, Q-ball, and some more.

3. Stud Poker

Next to the straight variant, stud poker is the second oldest kind of poker game. The rule of this game is that a hand is dealt in a combination prearranged. The combination may be in the form of face-down and face-up, or streets round. The most common variant of this game is the seven-card stud, followed by the five-card stud. Other forms of this variant also include six-card stud, Mexican stud, Caribbean stud, Mississippi stud, Kentrel, Razz, etc.

4. Community Card Poker

Referred from its name, this game uses face up community cards which are shareable for players and dealt at the center of the gambling table. This game is basically the variation of stud poker. Different from the stud poker, players in community card poker are dealt with incomplete hands combined with community cards to create a complete hand. Currently, one of the most popular community card pokers is Texas hold ’em which was created around 1920s. Other examples of this variant include Omaha hold ’em, Manila, Pinatubo, and Pineapple hold ’em.

5. Other Variants

Apart from variants mentioned above, there are other kinds of card games using poker rules such as:

– Strip Poker

This variation uses the usual rules, except that the players must remove their clothing if they lose bets. Commonly this type uses simple card game variant such as the five-card draw.

– Five-O Poker

This game is played by two players who must play five hands of five cards continuously. When these five hands are down, a one-round betting is begun.

– Video Poker

Commonly available at casinos, video poker machines allow single player to bet, deal, and discard or replace cards. The outcome determines how much money the player will receive.

Variants Of Black Jack – What Pays More?

The basics

The aim of blackjack it to get as close as possible to 21 without actually going over 21.

The dealer, (the bank), is also trying to the the same, in the end, whoever is the closest wins.

A picture card is worth 10 points and an ace has a value of 1 or 11 other cards are worth their values.

The dealer has some basic rules he must follow, anything below or equal to 16 and he must draw a card, and anything above 16 and he must stand, (not get any other cards).

So much for the basics

Casinos have introduces variants of the game to make more exiting but more often than not it is to increase the house edge, in other words it will increase the odds of the casino winning.

Spanish 21 allows a lot more flexibility, doubling down any number of cards, rescue, (or surrender).

Other variants offer extra bonuses, payout for five or more card that add up to 21’s.

A 21 that is achieved with the cards, 6-7-8, (in that order or not).

Or 21 with 7-7-7, (with various bonus if they are the same suite of 7’s for multiple decks).

Late surrender of the cards.

Sometime the casino will always pay the player 21 even if the bank also gets 21, (they make more money that way as they don’t pay the normal 3/2 in the case of blackjack.

Pontoon is an english variation with many strategy and rule changes.

The French and German variant “Vingt-et-un” (Twenty-one), “Siebzehn und Vier” (Seventeen and Four) don’t include splitting.

Chinese Blackjack is played by many in Asia.

Double Exposure Blackjack is a variant in which the dealer’s cards are both face-up, this game normally increases house edge by paying even money on blackjacks and players losing ties.

Double Attack Blackjack has very liberal blackjack rules and the option of increasing one’s wager after seeing the dealer’s up card. As with Double Exposure Blackjack the odds are firmly in the dealers favour.

Recently, thanks to the popularity of poker, Elimination Blackjack has begun to gain a following. Elimination Blackjack is a tournament format of blackjack.

It’s a Spanish thing.

With correct basic strategy, a Spanish 21 almost always has a higher house edge than a comparable BlackJack game.

Certain rules changes are employed to create new variant games. These changes, while attracting the novice player, actually increase the house edge in these games.