Poker is one of the oldest and most popular card games around, and the variations of it are virtually endless. In fact, some consider it to be the most popular card game in existence. The earliest forms of poker were only variants on the basic games we know today, but over time the game has evolved to include a variety of variants. One of the most popular games to come out of poker is Texas Holdem, and this is the type of poker you’ll usually find in any casino. Most other poker variations fall into two broad categories: Omaha and Caribbean.
In Texas Holdem poker, all of the cards are dealt out face down on a spread card, called the flop. Each player receives three cards (the minimum number of cards dealt in a game); the four other players each receive two cards each. A new hand is dealt each round, with each player starting out with two cards. A round of betting occurs before the flop, and players who have not yet folded can take their turn and try to make the strongest hand. If no player has the strongest hand after the flop, then the deal goes into the discard pile and is turned over to the house.
In Caribbean poker, the flop is dealt differently than normal. All of the players may now call or raise, regardless of the number of chips in the pot. After the flop, each player may place one of their chips in the pot, up to a maximum of fourteen chips. If a player has fourteen chips and none of the other players has any more than that, then that player becomes the Royal Flush – he has won the pot without needing to call, raise or fold.