How to Play Poker And Win as a Beginner

How to Play Poker And Win as a Beginner

Poker is easily the king of casino games the world over! Now, even online casinos feature it and offer different types for those who want to play with more than just their luck!

Poker can be played as an individual or team. Each person will have five cards on hand (or less), but teams need at least three players.

It is a “winner takes all” game, so wins can be pretty lucrative.

Basic terms in Poker

Small Blind – The small blind is a bet which starts each round. The player to the dealer’s left places this one in every hand.

Big Blind – The big blind must be placed by the player to the left of the small blind.

Call – To continue playing a hand, you must contribute the minimum amount of money (usually the value of the big blind)

Raise – You put more money into play than the previous bet.

Fold – A player can fold by placing their cards face-down on the table, and they will only do so when they think that their hand is too weak to compete against other players. You lose all the money placed so far.

How to Play Poker

Poker is a game of strategy and skill. Each player gets two cards, secretly dealt by the dealer. Those hands must remain hidden and are shown only during the final showdown when all players declare what they have left at any point during play.

The deal flows clockwise around the table so start off from your left as you receive yours before passing out the next ones.

4 Betting rounds in Poker

1.    Preflop Round

A betting round begins with the big blind, and players can call, raise or fold. All other participants follow in order before making any decisions for that round. Once everyone has participated, however, they collect their chips from a pool center table, where they’ll be combined into one pot.

Then the second round begins.

2.    Flop Round

The dealer deals 3 cards (a community card) face up on the poker table. This is what’s known as a “flop.”

Players can use their 2 secret cards plus this third batch of cards to make 5-card hands.

The small blind player begins for this round. He can either check, bet or fold. Whichever he opts for will depend on how much money is in his stack of chips from that previous hand and whether any additional bets are coming up before him.

The player to his left then follows suit until everyone has participated. At this point, those same coins start moving around again as if we were back at one stage!

Then the third round begins.

3.    Turn Round

The dealer places one more card on the table to make four community cards, and this means that six total pieces are available for all players in a round. Two secret ones combined with what everyone else has drawn around them at the start.

The 3rd betting round is played precisely the same as in a 2nd round. Once all players have participated, they move all of their chips from that particular bet to an open pool at center stage for everyone else’s use and enjoyment!

Then the final round begins.

4.    River Round

The dealer adds one final card to the table to make the community cards 5. The players are now in a high-stakes game of cards, with  7 cards available to them, 2 secret cards in their hands, and 5 on the table.

This round also works similar to the 2nd and 3rd rounds, with chips collected and added to the pool.

All the remaining players now show their cards and whoever holds the best 5 card hand wins the pot.

In case of a tie, both winners split the pot.

Poker Hand rankings

  1.   Royal Flush – Your hand has a straight flush containing an A, K, Q, J, and 10, all of the same suit. The Royal Flush gives you the highest possible value for that game.
  2.   Straight flush – The straight flush is a rare hand in Poker. It’s so difficult to get that it only occurs when all five cards are of the same suit and must follow one specific sequence! E.g., all 5 cards are clubs and follow a pattern.
  3.   Four of a kind – Your hand has 5 cards, with 4 containing the same letter or number, e.g., 7,7,7,7, and 3.
  4.   Full House – When your hand has 5 cards, with 3 of one kind and one pair—e.g., 5, 5, 5, and 2,2.
  5.   Flush – Here, your hand has 5 similar type cards, e.g., all cards are spades.
  6.   Straight – When you get cards that can be arranged in sequential order. For example, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  7.   Three of a kind – Your hand has 3 cards of the same number or letter.
  8.   Two pairs – Your hand has 2 pairs.
  9.   One pair – Your hand has at least one pair.
  10. High Cards – Your hand doesn’t form any pair.

Pro tips for Beginners

  •     Learn to read other players: Learning how to read other players is an essential part of winning. You cannot see their cards, so you need to learn to read them.
  •     Bet only what you are willing to lose.

Betting is a risky business, so only bet what you can afford to lose. If it all goes wrong and things take an unexpected turn for the worse, then no problem.

Finally,

You can see from the guide that there is a lot to learn about playing Poker. So, take your time and learn it, so you don’t end up in repeated losses!

Poker, unlike other casino games, requires strategy, not only luck.