For the full range of poker games check Wikipedia

Texas Hold 'Em or 7 card stud? Tri Card poker or Razz? Just keeping up to date with all the variations on the basic 5 card game can be exhausting. For a grounding in the popular poker games, Wikipedia is your friend and ally.

Wikipedia's poker page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poker is a constantly updated encyclopedia page devoted to the game in all its aspects.

It starts off with an overview of the game's origins and history, debating whether it stemmed from the Persian game As Nas, or whether its ancestry was English, French or German, and noting its spread in popularity on the Mississippi riverboats.

What will interest the modern player though is the section devoted to variations on the basic game. With poker games going in and out of fashion, and casinos and online gambling sites constantly inventing new poker variants, it's useful to have an online resource that will keep tabs on poker for you.

Ever wondered what Razz poker entails? The Wikipedia entry will tell you that Razz is a form of stud poker where the aim is to make the lowest possible 5-card hand from the 7 cards you are dealt. Straights and flushes do not count and the ace usually plays low.

Similarly, those baffled by the technical jargon of poker are directed to the comprehensive glossary, where the unenlightened will finally understand the use of terminology like broadway (a 10 through to ace straight) or snow (playing a worthless hand in draw poker, just in order to bluff).

In fact if you study the poker games Wikipedia glossary long enough, you can master an entire language with which to impress your friends at the next game. Although it won't help you win the pots any more frequently!


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