This will be a simple guide explaining the beautiful game of poker. You have maybe heard of someone living playing this game for a living and never really got the rules. Here it will be broken down to simple parts easy for you to understand.
The game is played with one card deck so in total 52 cards. There is a “big blind” and a “small blind” in every game. These two players bet to make the game always running, so not everyone fold every hand. The big blind bets the start bet before receiving the card and the small blind bets half of the bet. Then the dealer will deal a card to each player and then another round. So you will receive two cards. Then the pre-flop betting starts. The player left of the big blind starts betting. He have three choices, either bet the table minimum “the blind” or folds without betting anything. But he could also raise if he wants to.
When everybody have made up their mind the dealer will burn the first card and then show three cards. These three are called flop. The goal is to have the five best cards of the game. You have your two cards in hand and the five that will be dealt on the table. You can choose whatever five you would like. Now when the dealer reveals the flop the betting starts again. Here there are three choices, fold, check or bet for the first player. If the entire table checks the dealer will give another card without anyone having to bet more. But if one of the players bets all the others have three choices, bet, fold or raise the bet.
When it is all settled, the dealer burns another card and reveals the fourth card also called the turn. Now you will go through the same betting round were all the players have same choices. When the third betting round is settled the dealer burns another card and reveals the last card, the river. Now it is time for the last betting round. When everybody has made up their mind and it is time to decide who is the winner. If two players have same cards they could split the pot.
Now the important thing to remember is that poker is very different from the other table games. The other games are usually the casino against the players. Here it is the players against each other and the casino takes a percentage fee from the playing pot. That means no matter how it goes the casino will be winning. So here it is much more about strategy and trying to read your opponent. Because here players can trick you and scare you from betting without having anything in their hand. So be careful while playing.
This is one of the best games since it involves a lot of thinking from the players and trying to read the minds of others.
Now to the winning hands. The lowest thing is the highest card. Meaning nobody has a pair or anything but you have the highest card on the table. The best hand is a straight royal flush, highest five card from the same color. Say five hearts, 10, jack, queen, king and ace. There are many combinations and I have attached a picture where they are explained from the worst to best hands. Good luck.
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