Poker is a very popular card game. It is known worldwide, with countries coming up with versions and variations of their own. The card game is undeniably "praised" in the United States. A lot of casinos in Las Vegas, for example, have exclusive Poker rooms, where several large-scale Poker tournaments are held.
The usual variations of Poker include the "Straight" (where each player is given a complete hand, and they bet in one round, with raising and re-raising allowed), Stud (where Poker cards are dealt in a prearranged combination of "streets , "with a round of betting following each)," Draw "(where each player is given a complete hand, face-down, and after betting, are allowed to attempt to change their hand by discarding unwanted cards and being dealt new ones) , and "Community" (players are dealt an incomplete hand of face-down cards, and a number of face-up "community" cards are dealt to the center of the table, each of which can be used by one or more of the players).
Texas is a proud owner of a famous Poker variant. Texas hold 'em, which involves community cards available to all players, has been termed as the world's most popular Poker variant. California Poker has also been earning praises in international casinos.
A Poker tournament is an official event where one can play the different variants of Poker. The tournament usually does not follow a formal structure to determine a single winner.
Poker tournaments can be informal or formal. Informal tournaments are organized by a group of friends or employees. Casinos and online gaming sites also offer daily informal tournaments. Formal tournaments are those annually held by large casinos and Poker clubs. In California, the home of the largest Poker casinos in the world, the most well-known formal tournament is the California State Poker Championship. This tournament, usually held at the Commerce Casino, has attracted famous personalities like Ben Affleck.
Other known Poker tournaments in California include Los Angeles Poker Classic, Heavenly Holdem, and Holiday Bonus Tournament.