There are several variations of poker. Some are fewer than five cards, such as Spit-in-the-Ocean and Three-Card Monte. These games will be discussed later in the chapter. You can play the same game on two tables, or you can use one table for each game. Some variations of poker can be played in two different ways.

Straight flush

A Straight flush is a poker hand that is comprised of five cards in the same suit. For example, a straight flush consists of three, four, five, and six of hearts. A Royal flush, on the other hand, is made up of aces. Although the straight flush is less valuable, the royal flush is worth more than a straight flush. As such, the higher ranked hand will win the showdown.

Five-card draw

Five-card draw in poker is a variation of the popular Texas holdem poker game. In five-card draw, players receive five cards and may discard up to three of them during the betting round. After all cards have been revealed, the highest hand wins the pot. The game is simple but is highly popular among professional poker players. The game was named after the Gutshot in London, which was a pub, restaurant and poker club. It opened in March 2004 and closed in 2007.

Five-card flop

There are two basic ways to play five-card poker: starting with the blind or the ante. It really depends on your personal preference.

Blind bets

Blind bets in poker are a way to stimulate action in a game. Blind bets in poker are posted before a player is allowed to see the cards. Players who are in the blind usually play a wider variety of hands, since they were already partially in the pot before the deal was made.


Before you can start planning a poker tournament, you must decide on your fundraising goal. A poker tournament can be a great way to raise money for a nonprofit organization. Smaller tournaments can raise $5,000 to $10,000 while larger tournaments can raise up to $25,000. Plan ahead to ensure you reach your fundraising goal. Work with your committee to set a budget for the poker tournament and shop around for the best prices. Having a budget will help you determine the cost of tickets and how many people to expect to attend the event.

Duplicate cards on the board

A duplicate card is a card that has the same position and value as another card on the board. A duplicate card is usually not a problem in poker because it can be transferred to another player. Duplicate hands are not uncommon in bridge tournaments and other games where duplicated boards are passed from table to table.

Minimum hand required to make a bet

When making a bet in poker, the minimum hand value depends on the game you are playing. In a high-low split game, for instance, the minimum hand value may be eight-high. In such games, a tying low or high hand will win a quarter of the pot, but it rarely wins enough to cover the bet.