Poker: Draw Vs. Hold 'em
As the room fills with smoke from cigars and cigarettes, I look across the table at the last guy in the hand. I think to myself, “Why did he just raise me?” I just raised the pot $25 on two pair. The other guy re-raised the pot another $25. My heart is beating like a freight train racing down the tracks, I’m doing everything in my power to stop from sweating and I’m trying to keep my face stone cold straight as to not give myself away. I’m pretty sure at this point that this guy is trying buy the pot, but it still makes me nervous. I decide to call his raise and when the cards are turned over I realize that I had just made the right call. I won the pot and fought off his bluff.
Poker is a card game that has been around for hundreds of years. Although the origin of the game and the name itself are debatable, the game of Poker is played more than any other card game in the world. The scenario I explained took place during a game of Five Card Draw. This is a very popular rendition of Poker. Poker has evolved over the years and hence has numerous types of games that still fall under the Poker category. My favorite games are Five Card Draw and Texas Hold ‘em. Both games are similar because they derive from the original game of Poker, involves betting, and using playing cards. They also differ because of the betting, the number of cards used and the way the cards are dealt.
Five Card Draw is one of the simplest poker games you can play. Each player antes a predetermined amount of money. Then each player is dealt five cards. The players look at their cards and determine if they want to continue to play. If the player chooses to continue, they will bet again. The players will then draw new cards. Players determine the number of cards they want to draw based on the cards in their hands. The object is to make the best five-card Poker hand. After the remaining players draw their new cards, there is one more round of betting. After the betting is complete, the remaining players turn over their cards and the dealer determines the best hand. The best hand then wins the pot, or the total amount of money bet by all players in the hand.
Texas Hold ‘em however, is a more complex game. In the game of Texas Hold ‘em each player receives two cards. After the cards are received a round of betting ensues. After the betting is complete, three cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. These cards are known as community cards because each player will use these cards to try and make the best Poker hand....