If you know even a little what poker is – then this article is not for you, scroll the news further. But, if suddenly it so happened that you have only a distant idea that poker is some kind of card game, then you are at the right place.
You don’t need to know the history of poker and, most likely, you won’t even need a poker dictionary (although, we have all this on our website). I will try to explain all the most important things in a simple and accessible way.
The most common types of poker
If “poker” is said, then in modern society it is generally accepted by default that we are talking about Texas hold’em, or simply “hold’em”. In it, each player is dealt 2 cards in his hands and 5 common cards are placed on the table (in stages, first 3, then 1 more and 1 more).
If cards are given not 2, but 4, then with a high degree of probability it is Omaha.
Hold’em and Omaha are the most common types of pokers. There are many other variations of the game in the world that you may like. However, the rules of Texas poker will not hurt anyone.
The simplest hold’em rules
All players receive 2 cards each and can immediately look at them, but do not show them to other players. These cards determine the chances of winning, since they can replace any two cards out of the common five, which will later be put on the table, and get the best combination. Based on the starting cards, you make decisions in the course of the deal – to play further or fold.
Then 5 community cards are put on the table, but in turn: first 3 cards (flop), then one more (turn) and one more (river). Before the community cards appear on the table and each poker time the dealer opens new cards, there are trades that determine who continues the game in the distribution.
Positions at the table
Each player at the table has a certain position, which changes every hand, moving one person to the left (or, more simply, clockwise).
Bets and trades
Each hand, two players in the small and big blinds place one after the other blinds (blinds), while the rest can decide whether to call the chips (call), raise (3-bet, raise) or fold (fold, fold), already looking at your cards. Actions are announced in a circle (clockwise), starting with the first player after the blinds.
To continue playing in the hand, the poker player must call the highest bet made by his opponents before him in this round, or raise it.
There are 4 trading levels in total:
- preflop (when all players received 2 cards);
- flop (after the first 3 community cards have been placed on the table);
- the turn (after the fourth card is placed on the table);
- river (after the fifth card is placed on the table).
The hand ends on any street when there is only one player left in play or after betting on the river. Then the game comes to showdown and all players who have cards left show them. The player (or players) with the strongest combination wins.
To win, you need to collect the best combination or force all opponents to fold their cards.