Playing poker can be exciting and overwhelming for beginners. Poker is a game of strategy, skill, luck and knowledge in one. Here is a basic guide on how to play poker.
What are the basics of Poker?
Poker consists of 52 cards. The cards have rankings as Ace being the highest or lowest. Next is the King down to two. There are four suits: hearts, diamonds, spades, and clubs. Poker hand consists of five cards and the highest card wins.
What are the rankings, and how will I apply this on my game?
Rankings will determine if you win the game round. If someone calls on your card, both need to show the cards. From there, it will be combined to the card on the table. You will need to have any of the sets to compete to the other player. Whoever has the highest ranking will win the game and will get the poker chips.
Here are the rankings from Highest to Lowest:
Royal Flush - High cards on the same suit (Ace to 10)
Straight Flush - Five cards of the same suit in a sequence
Four of a Kind - Four cards of the same rank
Full House - Three cards of the same rank and a pair
Flush - Any five cards of the same suit, but not all in sequence
Straight - Five cards in a sequence, but not all of the same suit is a straight
Three of a Kind - Three cards of the same rank
Two Pair - Two different pairs
Pair - Two cards of the same rank
High Card - If no combination created, high card plays the highest card
How can I start betting on the poker table?
You and your opponents will bet into the pot in the middle. At the end of the hand, the highest hand (that hasn't folded) wins. Basically, when betting gets around to you (betting is typically done in clockwise order), you have one of the three choices:
When you call, you bet enough to match what has been bet since the last time you bet (for instance, if you bet a dime last time, and someone else bet a quarter, you would owe fifteen cents).
When you raise, you first bet enough to match what has been bet since the last time you bet (as in calling), then you 'raise' the bet another amount (up to you, but there is typically a limit.) Continuing the above example, if you had bet a dime, the other person raised you fifteen cents (up to a quarter), you might raise a quarter (up to fifty cents). Since you owed the pot 15 cents for calling and 25 for your raise, you would put 40 cents into the pot.
When you fold, you drop out of the current hand (losing any possibility of winning the pot), but you don't have to put any money into the pot.
Betting continues until everyone calls or folds after a raise or initial bet.