Imagine the wooden floors of the old western saloons, the tumble weed being blown down the dusty main road, the horses tied up outside, guns on the table, a piano player playing in the background and the ladies of the night with all their frills and fancies decorating the walls and tables. The rum is flowing and the cards are on the table.
Is this the environment that this poker game had its origins? No-one is quite sure, but what is known is that Poker was played in saloons in Texas in the early twentieth century. Since then it has spread its wings and not only found itself rooted in all online casinos and land based casinos alike, but it has also morphed itself into many variations of the original poker game that was played.
Cincinnati Poker is very similar to Texas Hold’em and Church. At the outset of this game, four hole cards are dealt to each player followed by a betting round. This completed, the first community cards placed pace up on the table face up.
After the second round of betting, another community card is dealt and this will continue until there are five community cards on the table ending with a final round of betting before the showdown.
At the showdown, each player is holding four hole cards and there are 5 community cards on the table. The idea is to use these nine cards to form the best possible poker 5 card poker hand. Whichever player get this right, will be the deemed the winner and will walk away with the pot.
With this game, because of the amount of cards that is available to players to play with it is far more common for players to hold the higher value cards and straights, full houses, royal flushes and four of a kinds are a regular feature.
Cincinnati Poker is a fun game, an exciting game and a game where the stakes can be quite high because of the higher probability of holding a really good hand. If you are in the know when it comes to poker hands, how they rank and know how to hold your own in a poker game, then this is one game you would certainly like to try.