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Poker is not nearly as daunting as it may appear on the surface. Most of the various
games of Poker share the same basic premise.
The primary goal of playing Poker is to outlast and win money from other participating players,
by making bets on the projected strength of the cards that have been dealt to you. Poker rules
are generally quite simple, but the subtleties of the game can be quite involved.
Poker follows some very simple basic Rules:
- Players are dealt cards (known as a "hand"), some which may be hidden from other players.
Bets are made on the strength of the cards in a number of rounds of betting.
Hands take hold and develop as more cards are dealt to a person.
The strongest hand wins a showdown for any remaining players, or if all players
but just 1 has folded. Ranking of hands determines winners for all remaining
participants in a given game. Ranking do not vary across different types of
- Omaha and Texas Hold'em have between 2 to 10 players in a game, while
Seven Card Stud games have anywhere from 2 to 8 players.
- A standard deck of 52 cards is used for Poker, with no Jokers included in any
of the games. The Ace is the high card, although in hi/lo games it can be treated
as either the highest or lowest ranked card, and at either end
of a sequence.
- Poker moves around the table clockwise, which includes the dealing of cards
and the placing of bets, as necessary. Each player must make a decision when it
is his turn. There is a theoretical "dealer" in each hand, which is represented
by a"button") and which rotates around the table clockwise after each hand. When
you are in the dealer position (or "on the button"), you do not actually manually
deal the cards - you are just the last player to receive your cards, and the 2
players to your left post the blind bets, which effectively initiate the pot. Thus,
each player's relative position at the table, rotates with each hand.
- Position is extremely important in Poker, and especially in Texas Hold'em. The
later you are required to act on your hand, the more information you can collect
and mentally process about the relative strengths of your competitor's hands. It is
best to have a "late position". The dealer position rotates around the table after
each hand. to ensure that each player will have an equal opportunity to be in this
latest position. Similar analogies can be made for the blind bet positions.
- When it is your turn to act, you have the option to fold, to check, bet, call or raise.
- Blind bets initiate the pot. The 2 players that posted the blind bets have their own
money at stake even before the 1st cards are dealt.
- Betting rounds occur to share the burden of putting money into the pot.
The players that fold during the game relinquish their claim to winning
the pot. Additional cards are dealt at each round of betting as well, which
add further complexity to the betting process, and inevitably force the weak-handed
players (or those not interested in bluffing) to fold. As participating players
raise bets, the other players who stay in the hand must call a bet to make
each players' stake in the pot even. Alternatively, they can choose to re-raise.
There are a finitie number of raises allowed every round of betting (with the
exception being in "no-limit" poker.
- Players are only allowed to use their existing chips in play at the beginning
of a hand. You are not allowed to get apply for extra monetary funds in the middle
of a hand. You can get more chips between hands.
- Each type of Poker games requires different strategies. There are different
numbers of "hole" cards (the non-visible-to-opponent cards that you hold) and
community cards (those cards shared by everyone at the table)
Start in the low limit games to ensure that you are matched fairly. As your
skills improve, you can progress to higher and higher stakes' games.
- Bluffing is the strategy of attempting to mislead your opponents into believing
that you have a hand different and usually stronger than the one you actually hold.
This is a major part of the Poker strategy arsenal. If the best Poker hand always
won every hand, then Poker would be a simplistic game of chance. To be a winning Poker
player you need to employ bluffing and strategy. Recognizing when to play hands to
begin with, and when to risk bluffing, are things that are necessary and skills that
are acquired as your knowledge of the game increases.
Here are some additional useful tips for Poker playing:
- Pay aware of everyone and everything at the Poker tabl. Observe who the loose and
aggressive players are and who the tight players are (you should try to play with the loose
players. Avoid the tight players when they enter into a pot, unless you are confident that
you have a strong hand).
- Always be cognizant of all players' chip count. Be aware of who has more chips than
you and be prudent playing against them (since a mistake against a high-chip
count player could be disastrous. Generally, it is better to play
pots with players who have fewer chips than you.
- If your cards do not match the community cards on the table, discard your hand
(fold) if another player bets.
- Don't fall into the trap of playing every time you have an Ace in your hand.
Alternatively, You may want to play an Ace if you also have another card of the same suit
or you have a 10 or higher.
- Before the flop, the following hands are worth playing with: pairs (7-7 or higher pairs),
2 face cards (K-Q, A-J), or hands that can make both a straight AND a flush (6-7 or 9-10,
for example, of the same suit). Be patient and fold a hand in other cases, unless you are
in the small or big blind.
- In no-limit Texas Hold'em, players can wager their entire chip stack (known as "going all in") at
any time, so the morale of the story is to bet aggressively when you have a strong hand.
- Play lmiited hands when you are 1 of the first players to act on the table, because you
are "out of position" and can be vulnerable to raises from remaining players in the game.
- Do not react to anything until it is your turn; keep a "poker face" at all times. Play
continues clockwise at the poker table.
- Be a "bettor," not a "caller" (being aggressive is good).
- If someone raises in late position (back by or on the button), re-raise
them a good amount if you are in the blind. Chances are, they don't have a
real big hand and they are just trying to steal your blinds (this play,
going "over the top" is probably the strongest play one can make in no limit
- The biggest error most beginning players make is to act too impetuously. When an
important decision needs to be made, take your time and re-think how the
betting has gone and what your opponent might have. Take your time.
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