When learning how to play poker, fundamentals such as the types of hands have to be initially instilled. Akin to learning alphabets and numbers, there is not much point in proceeding if one is not able to differentiate between a straight and a flush. Along the same lines, body language and facial expressions are a dead give-away. Inability to keep a straight face flushes one right down the toilet. Perhaps not the best of expressions, it should help the novice get his act together and not let out too early on the game.
Betting is an important part of the game as it is all about the money. Although some substitute greenbacks for jelly beans or matches, the effect is not the same. Poker is not the same all over as betting structures are dependent on the flavor being played. The easiest and most popular played is betting with no limit. In such a game, the player is allowed to bet as little or as much as he wants as long as the amounts match the minimum bring-in or maximum of that he brought onto the table. This however excludes the contents of his pockets, briefcase, glove compartment and whatever other places stashing extra cash and valuables. The current bet must also match the previous one. Simple as it may sound, it takes some strategy on how to play poker of this kind and win.
Aside from the no holds barred approach, another structure revolves around the pot limit. Depending on how much the pot currently stands at, the player is allowed to raise his bet up to the size of the pot after matching the previous bet. If a wager made exceeds the pot size, the surplus is returned to the bettor leaving an amount to match the current pot.
Depending on the style in play, a betting structure adopting a fixed limit divides bets into small and big ones, each with a specific value. Pot size may not grow as much and as fast in the early stages of the game.