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Poker Rules & Procedures: An Introduction to Poker (Part 2)

This video is part 2 of our introduction to the poker rules and procedures that professional poker dealers have to learn. Watch part one first. It takes the poker hand rankings that are explained in part 1 and builds on them by going over an example hand for the three basic types of casino poker: texas hold 'em, omaha hold 'em, and 7 card stud. The topics covered here are the same as what you would learn in a poker dealer school.

This chart goes over the poker hand rankings explained in part 1.

Texas Hold 'em, often referred to as "hold 'em" for short, is dealt out by giving 2-10 players two cards apiece, dealt face-down, and then dealing five community cards that all players share. To determine a player's five card, poker hand, combine a player's two card starting hand with the five community cards. Out of those seven cards, the best five are the poker hand that counts. In Texas Hold 'em, before bringing any community cards, the dealer burns a card (essentially puts a card aside from the top of the deck) to ensure that no one has been able to mark a card and identify the next card to come. Then three community cards are dealt together (the "Flop"). Then another card is burned and a single community card is dealt (the "Turn"). Then another card is burned and another single community card is dealt (the "River").

Omaha Hold 'em, usually referred to as just "Omaha," is dealt out by giving 2-10 players four cards apiece, dealt face-down, and then dealing five community cards that all players share. To determine a player's five card poker hand, combine a player's four card starting hand with the five community cards, using exactly two from the player's starting hand and exactly three from the community cards. Just like in Texas Hold 'em, the dealer burns cards and brings a flop, turn and river. Omaha Hold 'em is often played as a hi / lo game. "Hi / Lo" is referring to a variation on any type of poker in which there is potential for a split pot at the end of the hand. In hi / lo, half the pot goes to the high hand and half the pot goes to the low hand. This is very common for limit Omaha games.

Seven Card Stud, sometimes referred to as just "Stud," is dealt out by giving 2-8 players two cards apiece face-down and then dealing each player one more card face-up, followed by a burn card, a face-up card to each player, a burn card, a face-up card to each player, a burn card, a face-up card to each player, a burn card, and then a face-down card to each player. There are no community cards in any version of Stud. To determine a player's five card poker hand, use the best 5 card combination possible out of the 7 cards that player was dealt.

Betting rounds are a part of every type of casino poker. The betting rounds for each version of poker are explained in later in the Poker Rules and Procedures section.

There are two fundamental concepts in poker that most of the rules in poker are created from:

  • Cards Speak - The only thing that entitles a player to win a pot is their cards. That does not mean they have to be the best cards since everyone else may have folded.
  • One Player Per Hand - No one may help a poker player make any decision about their hand. They must play 100% on their own.