So, you want to learn how to play poker? Great! This beginner’s guide will teach you the basics of the game, including the poker rules.
Poker is a card game that can be played by two or more players. The object of the game is to win as many rounds as possible by either collecting the best hand or bluffing your opponents into folding.
The game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. The rank of the cards is as follows: A (high), K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 (low). In poker, the ace always ranks high and two is the lowest possible hand, which means that it is better to have five high cards than a royal flush.
All players still in the game at the end of a round split the pot.
The dealer deals every player their first two cards and then one card face down on top of each bet (if more than one card was placed on a bet, the face down card is placed in the middle of the other two cards). The face down card is called the ‘flop’.
Each Player’s Turn
Starting with the player to the left of the dealer and continuing clockwise, each player now has the option to either:
-Call: match the amount of money in the pot
-Raise: bet more money than the previous player
-Fold: give up and forfeit their hand
If all players fold, the dealer takes the pot. If any player calls or raises, then each remaining player (including the caller/raiser) gets one more card face up, which is called the ‘turn’. The player with the best five card poker hand after the turn card is revealed wins the pot. If there is a tie, the pot is split evenly between all players with the best hand.
If the first four cards create at least one possible straight, flush or full house, then a fifth community card (known as the ‘river’) is dealt face up on the table. The player with the best five card poker hand after this round wins the pot. If there is a tie, the pot is split evenly between all players with the best hand.
If no one has won by the end of the fifth betting round (river), then each remaining player puts another chip into the pot and turns over the top card of the deck (the ‘burn’ card). A sixth and final community card (known as the ‘showdown’) is dealt. The player with the best five card poker hand wins. If there is a tie, then each player remaining in the game throws their cards into the pot without taking out any money for the hand.
The player with the best hand wins both their own bet and anyone else’s bet placed on that round. If there is a tie, the pot is split evenly between all players with the highest-ranking hand.
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