Poker, the game of luck and chance is a exiting activity. It involves a lot of luck and often a great deal of skill. Though many novice poker players believe in their skills as players when they are playing on casino poker chips, luck and skill are not enough alone to make one a great poker player. To become a great poker player, one must be taught how to play such a game.
Before the poker game begins, players must place their bets. The dealer or the croupier will then give each player two cards, one face down and one face up. The person with the lowest card that is faced up will be required to put into the pot a small bet or bring in bet, as has been done in casinos. This person is referred to as the small blind. The person with the highest card with their hand facing up will be the big blind. The big blind is usually the minimum bet.
After the bets have been placed, a card will be dealt to each player. When one of the players has a full house, meaning three cards of the same value, their bet will be increased to a full bet. Three cards of the same value in a set, such as three 8s, is a full house. The set will be scored as follows:
- Three 8s score 10 points.
- Four 8s score usually 9 points for the hand.
- Six 8s score usually 8 points for the hand.
- Three 7s score 3 points.
- Four 7s score usually 3 points.
Blinds are posted at the beginning of the hand and the first deal will be to the person with the highest point total. The first blind will be given to the player with the dealer button. As the dealer button is moved to the left hand side of the dealer button, the blinds will be posted to the players with the dealer button closest to the dealer. This will help prevent the slow beginners from sitting behind the always loose players.
At the beginning of each hand, each player will have one card facing up and one card facing down. This will progressed to every player being given two cards in the first round. Starting with the one with the highest point total, the first to bet is the one with the highest card. Players who have decided to fold will no longer be forced to match the bet on the previous players. It is important to remember that the hand rankings are the same for all of the cards.
The player to the left of the Dewacasino starts the first round of betting. There are five options available to them, which are called the flop options. This is followed by the second round of betting, after which the hand will be scored at the highest standard. The third round of betting follows, then all the players who remain in the hand must discard one card. The third betting round is followed by the showdown. At the showdown, each player must use their two cards and the five community cards to form the highest five-card poker hand. Players are allowed to use both of their cards, one or even both of their cards plus any three from the community cards. This is known as ‘playing the board’, meaning they must use three cards from the board, one card from their hand and five community cards.
The first round of betting, after each player has received their cards, occurs when no player has posted a blind bet. Under the rules of Texas Hold’em, the first player to act is the player whose turn it is. This player has three options: to fold, call, or bet. All players must act first on the first round of betting, so no player has a ‘free’ card to draw to the highest hand.
The flop options are much the same, with the first player to act having three options. The first player to act may call, raise, or fold. Depending on the flop, the player may have many different options. Again, under the rules of Texas Hold’em, the first player to act again may call, raise, or fold.
Once this round of betting is complete, a fourth card is dealt and the fourth round of betting begins. Again, there are advantages and disadvantages for each player. When the fourth card is dealt face up, it is considered to be the last card for that round of betting. For the first few rounds of betting, the player with the highest point total wins the pot. After the fifth and final card is dealt, the final round of betting occurs. Again, the player with the highest point total wins the pot.
At the end of this final round of betting, the remaining players form their final poker hand. The player with the highest hand wins the pot.