Well it is a common thing I suppose, to say that most poker players “do not play poker” but then again if you speak to most poker players then you will understand that we do love the game!
Poker is a game of cards and the rules basically mean come-and-pass. It is commonly known as a “2-8” game because of the cards being dealt out on the table in the beginning. There are many variations of poker available, such as “Texas Holdem”, “Ohama Hi/Lo” or “Five-Card Draw”, but the basics of the game are normally the same.
To begin you place your bet in the “Ante” box in your table and the dealer will begin distributing the cards to each player at his table. Usually one of two different types of cards will be dealt out, such as flop, the friend or the dealer will deal the cards out as “streets” if you are following the Ohama rules, or 2-4 cards if you are playing with the Texas rules. The aim of the game is then to make a combination of 5 cards, or a poker hand, which shall be all the cards available in your hand. You will be dealt out the 5 cards, and by looking at the dealer’s card you must try to make a hand having a combination of 2 cards from your hand and at most 3 cards from the dealer’s hand. This is called the “high hand” or “the rake”. The highest hand that can be made is an ace-high hand consisting of an ace and a card of the same suit or a king-high hand, also known as a “high-card hand”. This basically means that the player posses a hand with a pair of aces, kings, queens, jacks and tens. If no player has a valid high hand then the game will be considered a draw, and the next best hand will be the winner.
If there is a tie then a third card will be dealt out, and the winner will be determined by the rank of the first card drawn. This will repeat itself until the hand is completed.
The Ohama rules for draw are Ohama ration of 5:1, and if the highest card following the third round is the same as the highest card drawn in the first round then the round will be a draw.
The Dominobet will place 5 cards face down in front of the player, and on the highest card of the first 3 draws the player will be able to pick a card to discard. This continues in a clockwise direction until the player successfully makes a discard of 4 cards, and the highest card from the discarded cards is placed face up by the player. The player can then pick the card to replace the card that was discarded. The process of discarding cards and drawing new cards continues until there are no cards left in the player’s hand.
The highest card in the first draw will be considered the Skilled Card, or the Ace. The Ace can be used as both a high card or a low card in order to form a royal flush. If there is a sequence of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 followed by a sequence of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9, then the sequence is a “wheel”, and the best bet is to bet on red. The same sequence as a “wheel” is the basis for the Ohama HiLo rule.
After the first draw, a second round of betting will occur. This is known in Ohama as the Turn. If the dealer does not have a high card or a face card then a third card will be drawn if needed to complete the rag. If the dealer has a face card then the third card will be the High card.
There is another round of betting, another round of drawing, and then the dealer will lay the final card face up on the table in the hopes of completing the rag. During the showdown, the dealer will reveal his or her hand. If the dealer has a face card, then the dealer will split the pot. The player will win the split pot.
Remember, Ohama is only applicable in limit poker. Ohama HiLo can be played with a maximum of eight players, and ten players is the recommended number. Ohama is normally played on tables belonging to one of the provider sites.