What Is Poker?
Poker is a gambling card game in which players bet on the best possible card combination. The players who actually end up having the best cards end up winning wathever cash amount was being betted.
There are different types of poker games with different rules, including draw poker, stud poker, and community card poker. Community card poker is fairly popular as both Texas hold'em and Omaha hold'em fall in this category.
Poker is normally played with 52 cards. The cards are divided in four different categories or uits: Hearts, Clubs, Spades, and Diamonds. Each suit will have 13 cards: The Ace (A), nine cards numbered from 2 to 10, the Joker (J), the Queen (Q), and the King (K). In most variants of poker, the Ace has the highest value.
In poker, there are a few terms you need to know before you can play, these are as follows:
- Ante: This is the first amount of money all players must put in the table in order to play. This is frequently a small amount, but not always.
- Fold: You throw your cards away, and thats it. You are out of a game. You quit. Might still be better than keep betting and losing a big sum of money, though.
- Check: You can play a round for free, without betting. Players do this if they don't have a good hand.
- Call: If someone bets, you can say 'Call' to put the same amount as that person and proceed to the next round.
- Raise: If someone bets, and if you think you have a good hand, you say 'Raise' to bet as much as that person, plus an aditional quantity.
- Capped Betting: This happens when it is not possible to keep betting more because some limit has been met. This condition also happens if there have been four 'Raise'. Once there is a capped betting, players can only 'Call'.
- Bluff: This happens when someone does not have a very good hand, but bets big, in hopes of deceiving other players. Does not always work, and some players may take this in a very negative way.
How a poker game starts, and ends
Different poker variations may have different rules, and different ways of doing things, but in general, a typical game of poker goes as follows:
- Everyone antes up, in order to be allowed to play. The house states how much this sumw ill be.
- The dealer deals five cards to everyone, clockwise.
- Then everybody bets.
- At this point, players decide which cards to get rid off, but not more than three. The dealer gives another three cards.
- Another round of betting.
- Finally, cards are flipped up, and the player with the best hand wins. Winning hands are described below.
In order to win a game of poker, a player needs a "winning hand". There are many types of winning hands, as described below. It goes from worst to best:
- Nothing: Players have nothing. In this case the player with the highest cards wins.
- Pair: When a player has two cards of the same value. Example: A 5 of Hearts and a 5 of Diamonds.
- Two Pairs: When a player has two pairs of cards. Example: Two 3s and two 8s.
- Three of a Kind: When a player has three cards with the same number.
- Straight: A player holds a sequence of five normal cards in sequence. For example, 3,4,5,6,7. Even if from different suits.
- Flush: The player has five cards of the same suit. For example: All diamonds.
- Straight Flush: A player holds a sequence of five normal cards from the same suit. For example, if a player has a 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, all in the suit of Spades, he / she wins the game.
- Full House: This happens when a player holds three cards of the same value from different suits, and another two cards fo the same value also from different suits. For example: Queen of Hearts, Queen of Diamonds and Queen of Clubs, plus Joker of Spades and Joker of Diamonds.
- Four of a Kind: A player holds four cards with the same value, each from a different suit. For example, if a player has a Queen of Hearts, a Queen of Clubs, a Queen of Spades and a Queen of diamonds, and any other card, said player will win. If two or more players have four cards of the same value from different suits, the one with the higher rank wins (four Kings will beat the four Queens, etc).
- Royal Flush: A player holds a sequence of five royal cards from the same suit. For example, if a player has a 10, Joker, Queen, King and Ace, all in the suit of Hearts, he / she wins the game.