How To Play Poker For Beginners Guide To The Basic Rules Of Poker Part 1

In this how to play poker for beginners lesson you will learn the basic rules and game processes of poker. The good news is they’re not as complex as you might have been led to believe.

To start it’s best that you restrict yourself to free online poker multi-table free Texas hold em freeroll tournaments. These games can have anywhere from 20 to 250 players at the start, and, more good news for you, the the quality of the competition you’ll come up against in these games is far from, shall we say, “elevated”; the vast majority of free online poker players exist in a world dominated by relatively average play.

So, to start, you login to your free online poker site and go join a game. As mentioned each of these tournaments will have multiple tables. You can divide the number of players by 10, and you’ll know how many tables are a part of the tournament. You round up to eliminate the decimal point, if any; e.g., 68 players divided by 10, equals 6.8, rounded up, means there are 7 tables in the tournament.

Now the online poker software of the site you play at will seat you at a randomly selected table and seat. On any decent free online poker site games start very regularly, maybe every half-hour; 24-7 so initially, don’t be overly concerned about how successful you are in any one game; there’s always another game that you can enter.

Who Wins and How?

Fundamentally, the winner of any 1 hand will be the player who has the best cards.

The outline of the game process is this:

You get 2 cards dealt to you face down, that only you can see. This is followed by a round of “blind” betting; generally, no more than 3 raises to the original bet are permitted; and this restriction of raises will be true in all future rounds of betting.
Next, the Dealer will expose 3 cards on the table. These are called community cards, and can be used by all of the players who are participating in the hand.
At this point, another round of betting occurs.
Then the Dealer will add another card to the community cards; there are now 4 cards that can be used by all of the players who remain in the hand.
This is followed by another round of betting.
Last, the Dealer will add a 5th card to the community cards. Again followed by another round of betting

Now lets look at this in more detail:

Your 2 face down cards are known as “Pocket Cards”. They are dealt out, one at a time, left to right, to everyone at the table. You only see your own pocket cards.

The Dealer then exposes 3 “community cards” to all players on the table. This stage is known as “The Flop”.
When he exposes the 4th “community card”, it’s known as “The Turn” (or, 4th Street).
And, when he exposes the 5th “community card”, it’s known as “The River” (or, 5th Street).
All 3 to 5 “community cards” that are exposed on the poker table at any one time are known as “The Board”.

Every player who is participating in the hand through the process of betting (if you “folded”, you’re no longer in the hand), attempts to make the best possible five-card hand.

They can use any 5 of the 7 cards that are available to them; one, both, or none of their pocket cards, together with 3, 4, or 5 of the “community cards”.
The player with the best 5 card hand wins all of the money that has been bet (The Pot).

The “Dealer Button” is involved in every hand to be played; one of the game’s participants gets the Dealer Button (DB); the selection of the player who first receives the DB is done by the free online poker software.

At a casino, it’s a round disc, about the size of a hockey puck, and the letter D is usually emblazoned on its flat surfaces.
At a paid or free online poker site, the software will automatically place a symbol of sorts on your PC screen to identify the DB.
And, the position of the Dealer Button on the poker table is important since the 2 players to the left of the DB are forced to place bets before the cards are even dealt out.

Plus, as you’ll come to learn later, after you read the “Building a Bankroll” series of articles, the DB position is the best seat at the table. Additionally, at the end of every hand, the Dealer Button (DB) moves one position to the left; thus, everyone acts as the “virtual dealer” in an Internet game, and, everyone is forced to place “blind” bets.

Blind Bets? What are they?

This is how the game starts.
The player to the immediate left of the Dealer Button (DB) is compelled to put up the Small Blind (SB).
The player to the immediate left of the Small Blind (SB) is compelled to put up the Big Blind (BB).
These “blind bets” are placed in the pot, in front of the dealer. This essentially kickstarts the betting, and, it”s all done before anyone has gotten any cards!

This, for the lack of any other rational reason, means that the winner of the hand that’s about to be played, will, at a minimum, collect the small amount of money that has been “forced” into the pot by the blind bets.

In a multi-table freeroll, or any No Limit free online poker tournament game, the size of the Small Blind (SB) and the size of the Big Blind (BB) are very low at the start of the game. And, every player in the game begins the game with the same amount of free online poker faux-money; or, for practical purposes, poker chips.

Usually, in 15 minute intervals, the size of the “blinds” increase.

As an example, if the beginning “blinds” were $10 (SB) and $20 (BB), within 15 minutes the “blinds” would change to $20 (SB) and $40 (BB).
And, thereafter, as the game progresses, the “blinds” continue to go up every 15 minutes.
In the end, at the final table in a tournament (the last remaining 10 players), the “blinds” could easily reach the point of being $2,000 (SB) and $4,000 (BB).

Now don’t be alarmed, the dollar amounts tied to the Small Blinds (SB) and Big Blinds (BB) in the preceding paragraph, during all freeroll games played on free online poker sites are “fictional” amounts of money. It’s not real money. It’s merely a “tournament representation” of money; it’s free online poker faux-money, they’re poker chips, not real dollars.

This is one reason why it is a very good idea to learn to play poker as a beginner on free poker sites, it can get very expensive very quickly if you start on a real money site!

Winning and Money

The good news with a poker tournament is that the 1st place player doesn’t take all the money. Yes, the absolute winner does get a lions share but other players do get a cut too. How many players and how much is determined by the number of players who enter and the size of the pot. You an find out this information before the game starts.

As the game progresses players are knocked out and tables amalgamate. At some point only those who will share the money are left. If you are still in at this stage then you are now “in the money” or “in the bubble” as it is also commonly called.

When just 10 players are left you will be on the “Final Table”, typically to win any decent amount you need to be here even in very large poker tournament though places lower than this can often at least pay back your cost of joining the game if it is a buy in game.

Right at the end with just 2 players left you will be “head to head”…but that is a story for another day!

Summing up How To Play Poker For Beginners Part 1

In this stage we looked at basic game processes. In part 2 we’ll get into more detail on the stages described and look at what you actually physically do and consider some essential basic free online poker strategy.

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Playing Poker Online

Most of those that play poker online are those that have a flair for betting on their beliefs. Well, the important element that is common in everyone that does play poker online is the attitude and affirmation in their personal views to the extent that they are challenging their ideas on a bet, but when it comes to poker, they need to clarify their attitude and affirmation to make a bet with due poker math, if they should truly win over their bets.

This attitude of players to bet and the kind of extra money and easy money feeling that one does get with making bet when they play poker online has been converted in to a poker business. Out of this some that play poker online with skill and common sense tend to be on the advantageous few, and those that have common sense but a bit off on skills are the neutral few and the rest of those that do not have skill or common sense of a control over their outrageous betting ideals are those that are the sufferers that finally go even bankrupt.

The increasing awareness created among responsible gambling practices among those that play poker online has decreased the number of people going bankrupt with playing poker; however, there are some that are numb to all such laws and warnings and they continue playing their crazy self.

Whenever you play poker online you need to play it with all your senses and knowledge of the poker lessons that you did learn in theory. To play poker online with a workable strategy you need to have enough experience that is enough to personalize your strategy. As long as you have your own established reason for your strategy you will fare better rather than follow the leader strategy to play poker online.

Well when you play poker online you need to do one thing to have your opponent feel less confident about betting any more; there is a concept called string bet. The very logic of using a string bet is to stop the opponent from calling any more. This is important to make the pot to be in shape within your affordable limits and also to have any opponent go heads off the table. Strong betting is nothing but making the pot difficult for the opponent to handle, in many cases if the opponent is going to face every bet and raise; he is probably strong or bluffing. Tells should help you decide on which side of the balance he is standing in.

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Learn to Play Poker by Learning Some Quick Vocab

Poker is one of the most famous games in the family of cards. Some people play it for fun and some play it for earning some money. In both cases, they aim to win the game. It is not difficult to learn to play a poker game. You just need to pay attention and improve your skills by practicing it again and again. Strategy counts a lot in poker. Many people spend a lot of time in searching to learn to play poker game over internet, but could not find proper instructions to learn. In this article I will tell you step by step to learn to play poker.

There are several games in poker, some of them are:

• Texas holdem

• Omaha

• Seven card stud

• Five card draw

• Caribbean stud poker

Although rules are different for different types of poker, but the basic terms are same. I am going to explain all those basic terms, rules and regulations for poker games.

Hand: The combination of cards is known as player’s hand.

Play: The game between two shuffles is known play.

Pot: It consists of money bet by the players. In the end of the game whoever wins, he get all of that money in the pot.

Hand tie: If two players have same hand then they divide the money equally placed in the pot.

Ante: The bet for which each player is enforced to place.

Rake: The money or commission charged by the poker room for every hand played.

Shutdown: When all rounds are done, shutdown occurs. The players have to fold the cards and compare their five hands.

There are some betting rules which you have to follow. Those betting terms include;

Call: When a player puts same money as a bet equal to the other bet already placed into the pot. For example, John bets $2 into the pot and Brian wants to call John’s bet then Brian must put $2 into the pot

Fold: When a player thinks that he would not be able to win the game, he declares fold and remain inactive for the rest of round. For example, if John bets $2 and Brian wishes to fold, Brian must surrender his cards to the dealer, and will remain inactive for the rest of the round.

Raise: A player can raise the bet by putting the greater sum of money into the pot than already bet amount. For example, John bets $2 into the pot and Brian wants to raise John’s bet then Brian must put $4 into the pot.

Check: When a player does not take any action to place a bet, only if there are no bets in the previous session of bets in the round. For instance, if Brian is first to act on the flop in a hand, he has the option of checking his hand, which will put the action on the next player.

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