How to Play Poker

Want to learn how to play poker game against the bets and earn big? This post will introduce you to the basics of poker rules and how to play poker.

Essentials:

  • A standard deck of cards (no Jokers)
  • At least 2 players
  • Poker chips or substitutes

Poker games online typically feature a forced bet, like the Big Blind and Small Blind in the Hold’em and Omaha  variants. These forced bets make up the starting pot in any given hand of the poker, which is the first incentive players have to win the hand. Action arising from the next rounds of betting further increases the size of the pot.

Poker Hands ranging from the Highest To Lowest.

  1. Royal Flush

The best possible hand in Texas hold’em is the combination of ten, jack, queen, king, ace, all of the same suit.

Example: 10♥ J♥ Q♥ K♥ A♥

  1. Straight Flush

Five cards of the same suit in the sequential order

Example: 9♠ 10♠ J♠ Q♠ K♠

  1. Four of a kind

Any four numerically matching cards

Example: 9♠ 9♦ 9♥ 9♣ 5♣

  1. Full house

Combination of three of a kind and a pair in the same hand

Example – 9♠ 5♠ Q♠ K♠ 7♠

  1. Flush

Five cards of the same suit, in any order

Example: 9♠ 5♠ Q♠ K♠ 7♠

  1. Straight

Five cards of any suit, in sequential order

Example: 9♠ 10♠ J♦ Q♥ K♦

  1. Three of a kind

Any three numerically matching cards

9♠ 9♦ 9♥ 5♣ 8♣

  1. Two pair

Two different pairs in the same hand

Example: 9♠ 9♦ 5♣ 5♥ 8♥

  1. One pair

Any two numerically matching cards

Example: 9♠ 9♦ 5♣ 8♣ K♥

  1. High card

The highest ranked card in your hand with an ace being the highest and two being the lowest

Example: 5♣ 8♦ 10♠ Q♥ A♠

Dealing With Cards and Betting Rounds

When the initial cards are dealt, players are usually called upon to act in turn, moving clockwise around the table.

Each player can commonly take one of the following actions when it is their turn to act:

  • Check–  Declining the opportunity to open up for the betting. Players can only check when there’s no bet during the current round, and the action continues clockwise to the next person in the hand. If all the active players check, the round is considered complete.
  • Bet– Players may bet if no other players have bet during the current round. Once a bet has been made, other players must ‘call’ by matching the amount bet in order to remain in the game.
  • Fold– Players who cannot win or act again during the current hand and drop their cards to continue in the next round.
  • Call– Players can call if other players have bet during the current round; in this the calling player is required to match the highest bet made.
  • Raise– Players may raise if other players have bet during the current round; this requires the raising player to match the highest bet made, and then make a greater one.Then, the players are required to call the raise or raise again (‘re-raise’) to stay in the hand.

Different variants of poker have different betting rounds, for example, most Stud games feature five rounds of betting, while 5-card draw usually only has two. Texas Hold’em and Omaha are the two most popular poker games in the world and have identical betting structures, with four rounds of betting known as pre-flop, the flop, the turn and the river.

The pre-flop betting round begins as soon as all players have received their hole cards before any community cards have been dealt; betting on the flop occurs after the first three community cards are dealt; on the turn after the fourth community card, and on the river after the fifth and final community card.

On every betting round, betting continues until every player has either matched the bets made or folded (if no bets are made, the round is considered complete when every player has checked). When the betting round is completed, the next dealing/betting round begins, or the hand is completed. At the end of the hand, players may use any of their two hole cards with any of the five community cards to make the best possible five-card hand

More Poker Tips

Below mentioned are the tips to play poker online that would help the beginners to reach a level higher for the game:

  • Conservative players just remain in the game when their cards are great. They don’t lose as much cash, however, they’re effectively spotted by more experienced players and bluffed into folding (due to the false thought that anybody betting high has great cards).
  • Aggressive players will once in a while bet high early in the game, before perceiving how alternate players are acting/feeling, in spite of the fact that this can be risky.
  • You can bluff, or trick the players into trusting you have a powerful hand, by placing high bets. If they fall for it, they’ll fold and you’ll take the pot with a weak hand.
  • Fold, in the face of some heavy betting.
  • Don’t bet more than you are willing to lose.
  • You can look at of how other professional poker players do it by watching tournaments. Attempt to understand the progression.

The post forwards the essentials required to learn how to play poker. But this is not a comprehensive post on excelling in poker. Practice, hard work and effective bankroll management are some of the tricks to get even better.