Poker – The Game

There has been sudden trend in the increase of poker players. Not only an increase of the people who play for hundreds of dollars on websites or those who play professionally for tens of thousands of dollars but of regular Joe’s who want to play with their buddies.

Now that there are thousands of people joining this new trend, I decided to help the now enormous amount of people who want to play poker by illustrating the basic rules and beginner techniques over the next few articles. I will start with how the game is played in this article.

In layman’s terms, poker is a card game in which two to ten people place bets on how high their hand of cards ranks among the people who are playing. There are several variations of poker and different ways for a hand to be created or played. The most common types of games are Texas Hold’ em and Omaha (Hi/Low or regular). Yet, all of these have the basic elements common.

There are blinds in which the two people to the left of the dealer must make a preliminary bet of either one or two chips before the hand is ever dealt. After the cards are dealt, there is a round of betting and folding. Those who fold will not play the rest of the hand and will forfeit whatever chips have been bet already in that hand. To continue play, one must match the highest bet of the round or else fold. If one does not want to raise, they check, indicating they do not want to bet any extra chips.

Each round, there are cards that are common to the table, where everyone can see them. A poker hand is created with a mix of cards on the table and cards dealt in the hand. After each round, there is a successive betting round. The hand ends when the allotted amount of cards dealt to the table have been revealed.

The person who wins all the chips bet on the hand is the last one remaining or the one with the best hand. There are slight differences in how the hand can be formed depending on the type of poker but all types of poker have the same ranking in terms of poker hands.