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
• 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.