Omaha Hold’em

Omaha Hold’em  You’ve no doubt heard of popular poker format Texas Hold’em, but have you heard of Omaha Hold’em? If not, you are about to. This has become a popular form of poker and holds many similarities to the Texas equivalent that most of us know so well. Like so many games that are now popular today, there is no real agreed-upon timeline as to when Omaha became a game – it’s been around for a long time now, though.

It was brought into the Las Vegas scene by Bill Boyd, who plated it alongside Robert Turner.

The Rules of the Game

At first, the rules of the game can seem a little weird.

Like normal poker, you are dealt a set of four cards and you must make-up your best hand using two cards, plus three of the five cards on the table. By using a 52-card deck, you need to make up the best card combination that you can with two of the cards you have paired up with three of the cards that come down on the community card collection.

The rules have changed over the years somewhat, though, as classic Omaha would have involved two hole cards and you had to use that hand to make up a combination of the cards. Indeed, the main way to determine a game of Omaha is if you are forced to use two hole cards. So, remember that this plays quite similar to the Texas equivalent, with a few small changes in how it works.

So long as you get used to the nature of the game, though, this 2-10 player form of poker is very popular. If you like your games to be more strategy than luck based, then Omaha makes a fine place for you to start off playing.

Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em  As arguably the most common form of poker played today, Texas Hold ‘em is among the biggest casino games in the world today. It’s easily among the most popular games in the world, and is played by everyone from a pair of friends at home to a professional casino setting. Even that famous painting of the dogs are playing poker!

The game itself has become hugely popular today, and is known for having a pretty consistent set of rules regardless of where you choose to play.

The Rules of the Game

So, the main rules of the game are quite simple: every player comes with two cards dealt to them, dealt face down. Then, each player is given a chance to either Bet, Fold, or Check. Bet means you play a monetary value, check means you go along with the rest of the group to see what comes out, and fold means you pull away from that round and come back in with the next hand of cards.

Once this happens, the ‘flop’ is dealt, with the five cards that you are going to be capable of building a winning combination with coming out. What you do next and through each round is entirely dependent on what you have versus what is available on the table. If you feel like you can make a flush or a run work, then you could choose to either add to the bet, or simply match the bet that has been placed to continue on.

When all the betting is finished, you will be asked to show your cards and the person with the best selection of cards relative to what is available on the table will be declared the winner of that round. You keep playing until everyone else is out and someone is left last man standing, with all the winnings to call their own.


Pachinko  Few crazes in the world are quite as hard to understand outside of the home culture that spawned it as Pachinko. You might have heard the term but have no idea what it actually is. The simplest way to describe a pachinko machine would be a ‘Japanese slot machine’ but that does not do the actual fun and madness of the game any justice.

The Rules of the Game

Pachinko is a commonly played form of gambling in Japan, as gambling for cash is illegal across the country. Low-stakes pachinko gaming, then, takes the place instead. The convoluted nature of legal discussion around what you can and cannot trade for money in Japanese culture does mean that while pachinko balls cannot be traded directly for money, you can use a process to trade ‘em for tokens, which can then traded for actual money.

However, the rules of the game itself are pretty easy to follow. Similar in many ways to a pinball machine, a pachinko machine uses small balls that is rented and put into the machine by the player. The pachinko balls are the ‘prize’ – you basically need to try and get that small ball back out of the machine. You release the handle, which launches the ball across the metal track. The track then guides the ball through an obstacle course of sorts; when the ball loses momentum, it will fall into the playing field. These are filled with small cups and pins that you want to see the ball into so that you can win.

The ball will move from pin to pin, slowing and speeding up as it moves through each section. If it falls into a catcher, then you can get a payout from the machine. Otherwise, you need to start again. basically, you want to capture as many Pachinko balls as is possible within the machine, and turn them in for prizes.