The Ranking of Poker Hands:
The ranking of poker hands starting from the highest are as follows:
Any number of players, typically from two to ten,
can play, depending on the game. Most casino games
are set up with eight players for a seven card game
like Stud poker or Razz, and nine or ten players
Poker. You win hands in one of two
Seven card stud poker
Seven Card Stud is probably one of the most popular of all the poker games most commonly played. In this game, every players are dealt seven cards of their own: one face up and two cards in the hole, followed by an opening bet. Then three cards face up, with a betting round after each card dealt, and a final card in the hole with a final bet. (CC) C bet; C (bet); C (bet); C (bet); (C) bet. The player makes a hand using any five cards from the seven dealt. The biggest hand wins the pot.
Caribbean stud poker
Caribbean Stud Poker is a casino table game based on the standard 5-card stud poker game played on a Blackjack-type table. Some casinos also offer a progressive jackpot paid to high ranking hands. This table game is played with one deck of cards. Here the player fight against the dealer's hand. Each player makes the opening bet called “ante”. Players then have the option to bet $1.00 to participate in the progressive jackpot. Players win all or part of the progressive jackpot with a Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House or Flush.
Players place the opening bet “ante”. Then the dealer deals in turn giving five cards each face down, including himself except for the dealer's fifth card, which is face up. After examining the cards, the player must decide on one of two options:
Either place a bet on the “play” mark equal to the “ante” amount and continue the game, or Fold and withdraw from that round and forfeit the 'ante' wager. Once that all players made their choice, the dealer will look at his or her cards. The dealer's hand must contain an Ace-King or better to qualify and challenge the players hands, otherwise the dealer folds and only the “ante” wagers are paid, at 1:1 irrespective of ranking. The 'play' bet is returned to the player.
If the dealer's hand qualifies with an Ace-King or better, then the players cards are opened and compared against the dealer's. If the dealer's hand is better than the player's hand, then the player loses both, the 'ante' and 'play' wager.
If the player's cards are better than the dealer's, then the dealer pays the player for both wagers: the “ante” and the “play”. For the 'ante' the payoff is fixed at 1:1 irrespective of the hand ranking. For the 'play' wager the payoffs vary according to the ranking of each player's hand.
The payoffs may differ between casinos but basically they are as follows:
Irrespective of the dealer's hand, if a player has a hand that qualifies for the progressive jackpot, the player wins according to the ranking of his hand. If two or more players win, the winnings are shared. The jackpot payoffs are as follows:
House advantage 5.22%
Let it ride poker
Let it ride is a poker variation. The object of the game is to get a pair of 10s or better using three cards dealt to the player and two “community” cards given to the dealer. At this game everybody plays against the casino. To begin with, all player makes three bets of the same amount. Then the dealer gives each player three cards and takes two community cards placed face down. After looking at their first three cards every player has the chance to take back one of their three bets or to leave it out “let it ride”.
Then the dealer turns over one of the two community cards, which apply to all hands on the table, and each player has the option to take out another bet or to “let it ride”. The player may choose to leave their bet in or take it out the second time regardless of their first decision.
Than the dealer shows the second community card. Winners are paid based on hands which have a pair of 10s or better with a pair of 10s paying even money, as follows:
House advantage 3.5%
Pai gow poker
Pai Gow Poker is a fusion of the ordinary American poker with the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow. It's played with 53 card deck, joker included. The Joker can be used only as an Ace, or to complete a Flush or a Straight. The game is one-to-one, the player (or players) plays against the banker, each fight to make the better possible hand. Due to a rather slow pace and a lot of ties pai gow poker is less intense than most casino games and a modest bankroll can usually last a long time.
Each player is dealt seven cards. The cards are arranged into two hands: a 2-card hand and a 5-card hand. Rankings are like the classic poker. The biggest 2-card hand is Aces and the biggest 5-card hand is a royal flush.
The 5-card hand have to be biggest than the 2-card hand. For example, if the 2-card hand is a pair of fours, the 5-card hand must contain a pair of fives or better.
The game's object is for the player to have both hands to have a most high rank than those of the banker. If the player wins on one hand but loses on the other, it's a push and no money changes hands. If one hand ranks the same as the banker's hand, it's a tie but the banker still wins. Winning hands are paid even money, less a 5% commission. Losing hands lose the amount wagered.
House advantage 2.5%