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Game Objectives:
3 Card Poker is two games in one. You can either bet on 'Pairs Plus', 'Ante' or both.
Pairs Plus: Play against the odds rather than a dealer - just get a pair to win.
Ante Play: Bet an amount and then decide if your hands going to beat the dealers. If your confident bet an amount equal to the 'Ante' in the 'Play' box. Cards are revealed.
See below the game for a more in-depth description of
How to play Poker.

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The objective of Poker is simple, basically aim to assemble the best five card hand from the cards that are dealt to you - hopefully good enough to beat all your opponents.

Card Values:
All cards are valued in the normal order. Ace's are normally the highest ranking card except in the situation where you have a 5,4,3,2 and ace hand. The suits are not ranked and in some cases the lower value cards are removed from the pack before dealing.

How to Play:
1. First, each player places their bet.
2. The dealer then deals the cards starting at the player to his left and continuing clockwise and deals themselves last if playing. All cards will be placed face down and one at a time until all 5 are dealt.
3. The remaining cards are placed in the middle of the table face down.
4. Each player looks at his or her cards, and then the first player places a bet. Initially the person who has been dealt first will bet first and in the next game the person who was dealt second will bet first and so on for each new hand.
5. Players have several options as far as the first round of betting goes. If no one has made a bet yet, you have two choices:
• Open: If no one has placed a bet when your turn comes you may make the first bet this is known as opening the pot.
• Check: You can only check if no one has opened the betting. This simple means you don't wish to open the betting but you don't want to quit either.
6. Once the betting has opened you have the following three choices.
• See: This means you are going to match the bet of the player you are seeing. If a player bets £10 then you must 'see' them £10.
• Raise: To raise requires you to first see the previous bet, and then increase with a bet of your own. If you bet £10 and see £10 then you will need to raise by £10.
• Fold: To fold requires you to give up on this hand and place your cards face down on the table. This is the best option if you have a really bad hand. You can of course 'bluff' and hope that nobody can tell - this is the secret of a great poker player.
7. All the players who haven't folded are allowed to reject the cards they don't want ( up to a maximum of 3) and take some new cards from the deck. Nobody sees what you have discarded as they are all placed face down.
8. After every player receives the new cards, the betting begins again. You have the option of opening or checking, and once someone opens, you can see, raise, or fold.
9. The game ends when there are no more raises, or everybody but the winner folds.
10. All cards are turned over to see how they have gone on. The player with the highest hand wins the pot that has accumulated during the previous rounds of betting.

Poker Hands:
There are a number of types of hand that can be assembled in an attempt to win the game. They include, in order of most desired to least:
Royal Flush
This is the best possible hand in Poker and you will need an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all of the same suit. This is the hardest hand to assemble in the game and therefore the most valuable.
Straight Flush
This is where you have any five-card sequence in the same suit (e.g.: 8, 9, 10, Jack and Queen of clubs). If there are two straight flushes at the table then the hand with the highest value card wins, e.g. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Hearts and 7,8, 9, 10 and jack of diamonds - the second option will win.
Four of a Kind
All four cards of the same value (e.g.: King, King, King, King).
Four of a kind is the third most valuable hand.
Full House
Three of a kind combined with a pair (e.g.: 9, 9, 9 with King, King).
Fourth most valuable is the Full House, this requires the five cards to be made up of three of a kind and a pair. Similar to the straight flush, if there is more than one full house at the table then the person with the highest value three of a kind will win.
Any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence (e.g.: 6, 7, 9, 10 and Jack of Hearts). If two hands are played at the same table with a flush the person with the highest card wins - it is not the most high value cards in the hand but the hand with the highest single card value.
Five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit (e.g. 3 of hearts, 4 of clubs, 5 of diamonds, 6 of hearts and 7 of diamonds).
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same value (e.g.: Ace, Ace, Ace).
Two Pair
Two separate pairs (e.g.: 9, 9, 10, 10).
Two cards of the same value (e.g.: 9, 9).
High Card
If your Poker hand contains none of the combinations outlined above then it will be valued by the highest card in it.

7 Card Stud:
This version is most often played in casinos and card houses, with the intention of getting the betting started.Two cards are dealt face down to each player, followed by one card dealt face up. Normally, the highest single exposed card starts the first betting round.

In 7 Card Stud, the player showing the lowest card must place a mandatory "blind" bet (no player may check in the first round). If more than one player has the same lowest rank, the first person to bet is determined by the alphabetical order of the names of the suits. For example, if Player 1 shows the deuce of spades and Player 2 shows the deuce of clubs, Player 2 bets first. Three more cards are dealt face up to each player, with a betting round after each one. The seventh card is dealt "down and dirty" to each remaining player, followed by a final betting round. In the showdown, you may use any 5 of your 7 cards to form your poker hand. It typically takes two pairs to win.

Texas Hold'Em:
This is the preferred version of the game that is played on the World Poker Tour.
1. Every player gets two cards down (the 'hole cards') (Bet)
2. The dealer puts one card face down (the burn card) then turns three community cards up in the middle of the players (called 'the flop'). (Bet)
3. The dealer puts one card face down (the burn card) then one community card up (the 'turn') next to the other three cards in the middle. (Bet)
4. The dealer puts one card face down (the burn card) then one community card up (the 'river') next to the other four cards in the middle. (Bet)
5. Players, starting left of the dealer, reveal their hidden cards.
6. The player that has the best five card poker hand, combining their two hole cards and the five community cards, wins the hand. (Note: the player can use zero, one or both of their cards. For example, if the community cards were four kings and an ace and a player had a Jack and Queen as their hole cards, their best hand would be the five community cards KKKKA).
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