"Shuffle up and Deal!" Ever hear that phrase on the television? It is usually said by a host of a poker event. Quite catchy right? Especially if it's said with the right amount of energy and intonation. Just hearing that phrase being said attracts your attention to what's on the television.
Lo and behold, it's a poker event. Poker is quite popular nowadays. It is a favorite past time among men, women and celebrities. Interested in learning to play the game? Or interested in hosting a poker game for friends and family? The actual game is pretty easy to learn but there are a few general terms one has to know first.
What form of poker should be played? There are two main forms of poker, namely - draw poker and stud poker. Draw poker is where all the cards are dealt face down while in stud poker one or more cards are dealt face down while the rest are dealt face up.
In selecting the appropriate form of poker, one should take into consideration the number of players in the party. The experienced and inexperienced players should be able to enjoy the same game without feeling left out. And of course, the men and women should be able to play a form liked by both genders.
As a rule of thumb, the number of players is the best bet in selecting an appropriate form to be played. When it is two, three or four players, stud poker in any form is recommended. When it's five to eight players, any form will do. Five card stud poker is best if there are nine to ten players. And when it is more than ten players, any form with less than five cards being dealt to the players is good enough. Or, for a better option, form two tables.
Who is the dealer? If it's a social game, the dealer can be any person at the table. The responsibility of being the dealer is often done in rotation. The dealer is in charge of distributing the cards to the players and can also decide what form of poker is going to be played.
What is dealer's choice? Dealer's choice is best suited for a table with male and female players. The dealer can select any form to play since there may be a variation of interest among the players. Dealer's choice is often employed during social poker games.
What are wild cards? Wild cards are often present when it's dealer's choice. These are cards that can represent any card a player wants to create that winning hand. The dealer, especially during dealer's choice, designates the wild card.
Are there written rules for the game? It is advisable to have an agreed upon set of rules for a poker game. Although there is not a universally written set of rules for a game, players should still have their own. These rules are meant to be consulted if a problem arises during the game.
Is there a time limit? In the most enjoyable sessions of the game, time limits are rare. However, too much of something good may be bad. Sometimes setting a time limit to a poker session is advisable just so the players would still be able to go to work the following day.
Should there be a specific type of cards used? There are specially designed cards for poker. However, the standard playing cards is accepted in most circles. Most poker afficionados use two packs of cards for a session. One red pack of cards and one blue pack of cards are utilized. It doesn't have to be red and blue. As long as the colors or designs at the back of the cards are different from each other. Having two packs of cards for a game is simply for easier transition between rounds. While one pack is being shuffled, the other pack is being used already to deal the cards.
What is the banker? Since chips are involved in playing poker, the banker keeps track of all the transactions. The banker takes note as to how many chips a player has and takes care of the excess chips. One person from the table is designated as the banker and doesn't change during the session.
General terms used to play poker are easy to pick up. Every poker player should know these to better understand the game. Hearing "shuffle up and deal!" on the television is not going to be quite interesting anymore since you'll be too busy playing your own game of poker.