ENC 1101/M & W
Sept 14, 2012
“There are few things that are so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker. The upper class knows very little about poker. Now and then you find ambassadors who have sort of a general knowledge of poker, but the ignorance of the people is fearful. Why, I have known clergymen, good men, kind-hearted, liberal, sincere, and all that, who did not know the meaning of a "flush". It is enough to make one ashamed of the species.” -- Mark Twain. Texas Hold`Em, a style of poker playing, has become very popular in the last few years. It is so popular that it is even featured as a sport on sporting channels. People play to win very big money in these types of tournaments, but some people play just to have fun and hang out with their friends for a round of friendly competition. To know how to play Texas Hold’Em efficiently, one has to know the hierarchy of poker hands, how each hand is dealt, and to know how betting strategies and reading expressions play into poker. There are a total of ten hands in poker, from highest to lowest they are: royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, full house, flush, straight, three of a kind, two pair, pair, and high card. The last four hands are the easiest to get, high card is just the highest card in a hand that has nothing that matches, a pair is any two of the same thing, two pair is the same as a pair but there are two of them, and three of a kind is any three of the same thing. A straight is five cards in numerical order of any suit, and a flush is five card of all the same suit. Full houses are three of a kind and a pair put together, and four of a kind is all four of the same thing. A straight flush is just what it sounds like, a straight and a flush put together with the royal flush being ten through ace of the same suit. Something that is very important to know about playing Texas Hold’em is how it is dealt. The first to start out with...
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