Five card poker is a variation of the poker game and is popular among the beginners because of its simplicity and easy rules. It used be the most popular variant of poker till the coming of Texas holdem. The game is played with a single deck of card and is suitable for 3 to 8 players. This game usually begins with the placing of an ‘ante’ or a ‘blind’ by the first to players after which the dealer deals out the cards to the players.
The main objective in the game is to have the best hand among all the players so as to win the pot. There are different types of hands like the ‘straight’, ‘Flush’, ‘three of a kind’, ‘four of a kind’ etc. In five card poker the players are allowed to change their cards and get new cards in an attempt to improve their hands. All the poker games do not offer this option to the players.
So, in order to use this option to your advantage it is very important to know what type of hand you should try to get, when you should change a card and how many cards should be changed. So in order to learn these important strategies, it is important to practice the game for a long time.
While playing five card poker you should remember that getting a good hand in the beginning always does not guarantee success because the better hands the players are dealt, the chances of improving that hand lessens. For example if a player is dealt ‘three of a kind’ then his chances of improving his hand will be lower than a player who has been dealt a pair. Some players prefer to keep a ‘kicker’, i.e. to keep a high card like the Ace even if it is not a part of a hand or a pair.
Here are the odds in a few hand scenarios for improve your hand in five card poker. If the hand has two pairs then you have 1 in 10 chances of improving it to a full house, i.e. in 1 out of 10 games you can get a full house. If your hand has a one pair then you have 2.4 to 1 chances for improving it and if it is a hand consisting of a one pair with aces then the chances are 2.8 to 1. Incase of a three of a kind hand the odds of improving are 9 to 1.
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