Posted on 29 August 2008 by Samantha
If you’ve tried hold’em, Omaha and seven card stud and are looking for a new poker variation to try with your friends, you might want to consider Soko. Soko is probably unlike any poker game you have ever played before.
Structure of Soko
Soko is a variation of five card stud, and play opens as follows. Each player antes a pre-determined amount and receives one hole card and one card face up. The player with the lowest up card must bet another pre-determined amount called a bring-in. The bring-in is less than the standard bet, but equal to or greater than the ante. Working clockwise, opponents may call the bring-in, complete to a full bet or fold. If the bet has already been completed, by the bring-in or another player, subsequent players may raise.
Play of a Soko Hand
A third card is then dealt to all remaining players, also face up. If a pair is exposed, players can make the standard bet or a double bet here. The highest hand showing checks or bets and play proceeds clockwise from there. A fourth card is now dealt face up and now all bets must be double the standard bet. Finally, a fifth card is dealt face up. There is another round of betting and players who have not folded turn over their down card to see who takes the pot.
Soko Hand Rankings
Unlike traditional five card stud, four card straights and four card flushes play. This means the order of hands from strongest to weakest are: royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, full house, flush, straight, three of a kind, two pair, four flush, four straight, pair, high card.
Posted on 22 August 2008 by Samantha
You quoted Rounders and said stuff like” In my club I splash the pot whenever thee f**k I please.” $5/$10 fixed-limit games were considered high stakes and poker was a groovy thing.
Everyone and his grandmother started grinding on the Net. But you still felt quite unique and could get one or two raised eyebrows when you claimed to “play poker professionally.”
You tried to satellite yourself to the WSOP but didn’t succeed…
…but that Moneymaker fellow did. You felt remarkable envy. It could just as easily have been you, and Moneymaker was just lucky. You saw it on Travel Channel.
You didn’t claim to be a poker player anymore, although you still were in love with the game. You were tired of hearing “ahhh … my brother also play hold’em, he has won $3 million in a tournament and has just bought a private jet.”
You started playing Omaha and found the games extremely soft. High-Stakes Poker was the only poker TV show you watched.
You’re not sure you want to be a poker player anymore. It feels a bit shallow.
Am I talking about you?
Welcome to Poker Culture!
Posted on 21 August 2008 by Samantha
Online Poker has become the favorite pastime for millions of people all around the world. The interest in this fascinating and exciting game has really exploded – in less than a decade online poker has grown from one just one card room, Planet Poker, to hundreds of rooms with tens of millions of players. Between 2003 and 2005 only, the growth of Internet poker has been over 1,000% and there are no signs of a decrease in the next few years.
The main reasons for this astonishing development are the extended television poker coverage and the wins at the World Series of Poker in 2003 and 2004 by online players Chris Moneymaker and Gregory Raymer. The victor of the WSOP is crowned World Champion of Poker, and that is obviously the most prestigious title you can obtain. Moneymaker qualified through a satellite tournament and went on to win the main event giving every online poker player hope of making the dream come true.
Pokerculture.com is a new site that wants to be your guide to the world of poker. At the moment you can read about the advantages of online playing and about poker strategy. We will be updating the site on a regular basis so you should look out for more interesting articles in the weeks and months to come.
Advantages of online playing
Online poker offers many advantages compared to live games. Here are some examples:
- You can play your favorite game 24/7. The online poker rooms are open around the clock.
- You don’t have to leave your home and make a 30 minute (or longer) trip to the nearest casino.
- Online games are much faster than live games.
- You can play at multiple tables online thus increasing your hourly profit (if you already are a winning player).
Poker site is a new site where you can learn how to play online poker with the help of experienced PPM qualifiers, see all the latest buzz news in the poker world, advanced poker strategy, training videos and much more.
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