A simple definition of Poker is a card game where an individual bet that the value of their hand is greater than the others, in which the subsequent player must either try to equal or raise or drop out. Finally, the player who holds the highest hand at the end of the betting on betist wins the pot.
On one hand, there is plenty of luck in Poker, but at the same time, the game requires exceptionally great skills, where every player is the lord of their fate.
History says it all…
The history of this game goes back to as late as the 16th century when the Germans used to play a game known as Pochen, which later developed into a French version known as Poque. This game was eventually brought to New Orleans and played on the riverboats that plied in the river Mississippi.
Much later in the 1830s, this game was refined further and named the Poker. Poker has hundreds of versions of its own, which is the reason why they are not only played in famous casinos but also privately at homes. It can be played in a social surrounding for thousands of dollars professionally as well as for pennies or matchsticks.
Packing the pack
Traditionally, this game is usually played with the standard 52-card pack with the addition of one or two jokers. However, various variations have taken place as this game started to be played virtually.
1 2 3 4, which form are we opting for?
Mainly, there are two forms of Poker, Stud Poker and Draw Poker. In the former, some of the cards are dealt facing upside during the betting to let the other players see a part of each player’s hands. However, in the latter, all the cards are dealt facing downwards.
Until and unless the host of the game or the rule of a club has already set up the game, the players must decide upon the form of Poker that they wish to play.
Keeping values and ethics intact!
In every game of Poker, a written code of laws must be used as the final adjudicator for settling all sorts of queries. There are no laws that are universally followed for this game. Thus, traditionally if a group of players wishes to make their own rules, also known as the ‘house rules’ must be written down.