Poker is one of the most well known card games around the world. These days, there are various TV shows about the poker, some movies have been made about it and even some computer games are about poker. Poker can also be found on social networking sites where you can play with complete strangers who live across the world. Having poker so accessible to everybody makes it feel a bit wrong if you don’t know a thing or two about the game. So read on to find out some of the basic rules of poker.
The first thing you should know is that there are a few different poker games out there. You have Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, Horse and so many more. No one really knows how many different poker games exist all throughout the world but we all know that a bunch of people enjoy playing it. Like sports, the best way to wrap your head around the game is by practicing and playing with friends.
You can also start learning the game by playing on different websites or on social networking sites. You have to keep in mind that poker is a card games based on some skills, a bit of strategy and a lot of luck. Before you dive in though, you have to understand the betting and the playing.
An example of poker is Hold ‘em. This kind of poker will be played in a clockwise manner having the player on the left of the dealer play first. Playing poker involves you having 2 cards in your hands at all times. The dealer will lay down 5 more cards on the table and you will need to come up with any 5 card combination. The highest card in the deck is the Ace but it can also play the lowest card when creating a straight.
The best 5 card combination wins the pot. You can also win the pot if you’re great at bluffing. Having a bad hand and still staying in the game is risky but it works. You have to come up with your own strategy as the game progresses and as you get to know your competitors more. Your strategy should change at every game so that you will not become predictable to play with.
Betting involves calling, folding or raining. To call means to stay in the round and pay the amount of the big blind. To raise means you increase the amount of the wager on the table. If you do not feel certain about the cards in your hands and you feel that you cannot handle bluffing then it may be best to fold.
These are just the basic rules of poker that you need to know before jumping in and joining a round or two. Be sure to practice and practice if you want to get better.