Poker is one of the most popular card games, not only in our country, but all over the world. Couple of decades back, it was played only in stationary casinos, but now – you can enjoy the game online as well.
Poker rules – basics for beginners
Some people play amateurs, only for fun, others compete in tournaments where the stake is a quite huge amount of money. For beginners, learning to play poker may seem quite complicated and the rules – completely confusing, but it’t only a matter of practice. After a few hands, the tactics of the game will become understandable even to someone, who never played simple child card games.
Many people know how to play poker, but how to play poker well is a knowledge possessed by a small group of people for whom card games have no secrets. They usually play in the tournaments and the best of them – get to win big amounts of money. It is worth learning the basic rules of the game at the beginning, and then deepen your knowledge and assimilate various poker strategies. Just like with every other activity – once you get the grip of basics, everything else becomes easier with time.
The most important thing are the poker hands. Below you can find the in order from the highest (giving best chances to win) to the lowest (with a small chance of winning the game of poker):
– the royal flush is the highest hand of cards in turn: 10, jack, queen, king, ace;
– straight flush is similar, but lower than a royal flush, i.e. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8;
– four of a kind – those are the same four cards, for example queen, queen, queen, queen, 10;
– full house is a set of three cards of the same type and a pair, for example: jack, jack, jack, queen, queen;
– suit – those are cards of the same suit but out of sequence, for example: king, 10, queen, 7, jack;
– straight is five cards in sequence, i.e. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10;
– three of a kind are the same three cards and two different ones, for example: 3x queen, 10 and 7;
– two pairs – those are two sets consisting of two cards of the same type, for example 3, 3, king, king, queen;
– a pair is two of the same cards and three other cards, for example: queen, queen, king, 10, 8;
– a high card is a hand in which we have none of the other hands and the highest card we have is what counts, for example: ace, queen, 7, 5, 2.
Poker hands and their strength are something thatyou will find difficult at first, but catch it over time. In this game, the ability of so-called bluffing and reading your opponent, who may also be bluffing, is also important – honestly, probably the most important, as everything else can be learned easily over time.
Like any game that enjoys so much attention worldwide, poker also has its varieties. The most popular varieties of poker are Texas Hold’em and Omaha, but you can also play 7 Card Stud, Five Card Draw and many more.
The most popular poker type, Texas Hold’em, uses a full deck of 52 cards. There is a dealer among the players and players to the right and left of the dealer must post to the pot blind. Then two cards are dealt that only their holders can see, and on this basis they can make the following moves:
After bidding, three community cards are dealt to the middle and each player can use it.
The rules of Texas Hold’em are much more complicated than in traditional poker, so for beginners, the traditional game of poker might be a better option. However, the game itself isn’t as hard as it might seem at first and the rules – after you learn them – aren’t very difficult.