Poker is any of many card games where players wager over whether the hand they are dealt with is good or bad, and the amount they wager depends on the ‘strength’ of that hand. Examples of poker games include Texas Hold’em, Omaha, seven-card stud, Caribbean Stud, and the like. The object of the game is to be the first player to bring all their cards to their table, from the deck they were dealt, to have the strongest hand. Once all the cards are in the players’ hands, and all the hands have been checked (all cards are turned over face down), the person with the strongest hand wins. There are different levels of poker, but most commonly the game is played for money at casinos.
One type of poker is called full house poker and is usually played in low-stakes games such as Texas Hold’em. In this type of poker, there is a main table for playing poker, and often several chairs scattered around the casino. The ‘flush,’ or middle table, consists of the two people dealt from a suit of poker, called the flushes, and the dealer will place a single card for each of them, called the straight flush, at this table. After the flushes are dealt, the dealer will turn all the cards over face down, and the person with the strongest five cards after the flushes is called the winner.
Another type of poker game is called live poker, and this is played at land-based casinos. In live poker, players compete against each other using specially printed cards, called poker chips. The objective of the game is to be the first player to collect a set of poker chips from their opponents, by touching their chips with either their tongue or a button on the opposite side of the poker chips. Live poker is the simplest of all poker games, because there are no ‘tells’ that would indicate when someone else has a specific card, and it only needs two people to play, making it easy for a smaller casino have several tables for larger bet sizes.