One holecard means a lot in Billabong poker

All Hold'Em enthusiasts consider Billabong poker to be a bizarre game. Since it is a combination of community card type of poker and stud, every fan of community card will think it is awkward at first encounter. On second look, Billabong poker is, in simpler terms, a very trivial card game.

Here's how it's played: each player is given two holecards and another card facing up. The one who gets the highest value card that's faced up will be the first to make a move. Next, two more community cards will be dealt; the second round of betting then follows. For players of Hold'Em, this is when the conflict starts. This is also the part where the stud gets into the picture. The second wagering cycle is initiated by the player whose exposed cards, i.e., the card facing up and the two community cards, make the strongest potential hand. So, one crucial aspect universal to Hold'Em matches is thrown out.

The third of the community card is given and then the third round for betting begins, which is initiated by the one who has the best poker hand with 4 cards - 1 faced up card and 3 community cards. The entire sequence is repeated again. The 4th, and the last, round for betting is commenced by the one who possesses the strongest hand that's made up of 4 community cards and his or her own card that was facing up.

After the final betting cycle, a showdown follows. Here, players are allowed to form hands with five cards using any combinations from their 2 holecards, the faced up card they got and the 4 community cards coming from the board.

Making use of even just one holecard is very sensible since this is only the unexposed part of Billabong poker.