Even those who have no interest in online casinos will have heard of Poker. One of the most popular casino games of all time, Poker is a consistent favourite that is always reached for when online gambling.

Generally, the most popular version of Poker played at our Canadian Casinos is Texas Hold’Em, with millions playing worldwide every single day.

History of Poker

The origins of Poker are widely unknown. It is suggested that the first foundations of Poker card games may have originated as early as the 10th Century, with some historians claiming to trace poker’s origins back to a domino-style game reportedly played by a Chinese Emperor during this time.

However, the earliest direct reference to ‘poker’ dates back to 1834. A ‘cheating game’ was described as being played on Mississippi riverboats, and soon became heavily embraced by gamers as they saw it as more ‘challenging’ than the ‘rigged’ 3-card games they had been playing.

The first origins of Poker were now born, and resulted in the popular game today that we all know and love!

Poker steps and rules

Once you’ve read and learnt the basic rules of Poker, it is pretty straightforward to get started and develop as you learn and play!

We understand that with so many great gaming options from our casinos, it can be a bit overwhelming as to what to go for and play – that is why we have compiled the rules of Texas Hold’Em (the most popular version of Poker) below in an easy-to-understand format for you to quickly read and absorb before you get started.

If you would like to learn more about the different versions of Poker (and believe me, there are a LOT), read until the end for a few examples and check out the range available at our casinos!

  • To begin the game, each player is dealt two cards that are private called ‘hole cards’ i.e. only they can see them and they belong to them alone.
  • Then, five cards are dealt face-up and are visible to all players. This is called ‘the board’.
  • The main aim of the game is to use any combination of the seven cards to create the best possible hand made up of 5 cards. The player with the best hand will win the game.
  • Before playing poker, it is important to be familiar with the hand rankings. After all, how can you play if you don’t know the best hand to aim for!
    • Royal Flush – can’t be beaten, consists of the ten, jack, queen, king and ace of the same suit.
    • Straight Flush – Five cards of the same suit in sequence i.e. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. In the event of a tie, the highest value sequence will win.
    • Four of a Kind – Four cards of the same value with one side card (also known as a ‘kicker’). In the event of a tie, the highest ‘kicker’ will win.
    • Full House – Three cards of the same value and two cards of a different same value i.e. three queens and two tens. In the event of a tie, the highest 3 cards will win.
    • Flush – Five cards of the same suit (not in sequence).
    • Straight – Five cards in sequence (not of the same suit).
    • Three of a Kind – Three cards of the same value, with two unrelated ‘kickers’.
    • Two Pair – Two cards of the same value, two more cards of the same value, and one unrelated ‘kicker’. If two players have the same two pair, the ‘kicker’ with the highest value will win.
    • Pair – Two cards of the same value, with three unrelated ‘kickers’.
    • High Card – Any hand that does not fit in with any of the above. In the event of a tie, the highest card in the hands will win.

Betting varies dependent on which version of poker is played, read on to discover a selection of Poker variations available at our casinos! Check them out to see which suits you best!

Poker variations

As Poker is such a popular choice, it would make sense for its variations to match its winning popularity.

At our casinos, we offer the best possible selection of Poker games to choose from, guaranteeing you the opportunity of having a perfectly tailored gaming experience! Some of our most popular options include:

  • Texas Hold’Em (of course!)
  • Omaha – Similar to Texas Hold’Em, but players are dealt four ‘hole cards’ instead of two
  • 7-Card Stud – Players are each dealt seven cards (three face-down and four face-up)
  • 5-Card Draw – Players are dealt five cards each and, on their first go, they can choose to swap up to three of them