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17 August 2009 - 12:23pm

Poker Basics – Learn How To Play From The Beginning

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Poker basics involve:

• Rules and Guidelines
• Poker card basics and values
• Etiquette
• Payouts

Learning the basics of Poker will help you to get the main idea and guidelines to play the game in a professional way. It will thus help you to play Poker like a pro and hence can earn big and minimize your losses. In your quest to know how to play poker basics, you have to understand the different types of cards used in a poker game along with their respective values.
How to play?

Poker is not like any other non-monetary card game. This game is mostly played to earn cash. So, before starting the game it is required that the participating players in a poker game decide collectively on the limit of betting. Now, after setting limit of betting, play starts.

Here are the basic rules and ways of playing poker:

Step 1: Place a token bet known as Ante-

At first you have to put something (anything from a nickel, if you are a poor person or a college student with small amount of money, to thousands of dollars if you are a big gambler) in the pot. This amount is put in the pot even before the cards are dealt. It is known as “token bet” or “Ante”. It is done in order to ensure that anyone of the players will always win something in every hand.

Step 2: Card dealing process-

The dealer steps in after Ante has been put in the pot. Dealer now starts dealing the cards.

1. First he puts the cards over the table face down and starts distributing them from the player to his left and continues distributing clockwise.
2. If the dealer is also playing then he will deal himself last.
3. The dealer deals the first card to each of the player on the table.
4. Once the first card is given to all the players, dealer gives the second card to all the players and so on.
5. Once all the players have obtained their 5 cards, the dealer places the remaining cards of the deck in the middle of the table.
6. The play begins.

Step 3: Who starts the game? Who bets first?

Every participating player looks at his or her cards and then the game starts. Any one of the person can start the game by betting first. But to make it simple for the beginners, let us take the conventional form of starting the game.

• According to the conventional form, the player sitting to the immediate left of the dealer makes the first betting.
• The second bet is placed by the person sitting to the immediate left of the first player.
• The process continues in a clockwise manner.

Step 4: First round of betting and different choices-

In the first round of the betting, there are two stages:

• Before the start of betting
• After the first bet has been placed

Now, what are the choices do you have if you have to start the bet?

There are two choices in front of you: Open or Check.

1. Open the pot
According to this, you make the first bet of any amount within the betting limit.

2. Check
If you don’t want to open the bet and at the same time don’t want to quit either, then you can “Check”. It means that you will not start the betting and watch others to get an idea what others are doing.

What are your choices after the first bet has been done?

You will have 3 choices in front of you after the first bet is done: See, Raise or Fold.

1. See
If you “see” another player then it means that you have matched his bet. Suppose your previous player has betted $1, then in order to stay in the game you have to put $1 in the pot.

2. Raise
If you want to “raise” then it means that you want to bet something more than the previous player. For this, first of all you have to “see” the bet and “raise” it. E.g. If you want to raise a bet of $1 then first of all you have to “see” the $1 bet and then “raise” an amount above the $1 bet.

3. Fold
It is a way of restricting your loss to certain extent. If you consider that the cards in your hands are not up to the mark for competing then you can surrender your cards and lose whatever you have bet so far and no more. It’s like stop-loss concept where you give up early and lose only that much amount which you already bet and thus restrict loss amount.

Step 5: Get rid of some cards and get new ones

According to the game of poker, you can replace 3 unwanted cards with 3 new ones from the deck of cards placed face down. You can’t see a card discarded or new card chosen by another player.

Step 6: What happens when new cards have been drawn?
If all the players have drawn cards from the deck, anything from 1 to 3, then the Poker game begins again. When the game starts again then all the steps, mentioned above, are all followed again. The game ends when.

• All the players except the winner folds.
• There are no more raises

Step 7: Final showdown of cards and check how you fared

Now, turn over your cards and see how you fared. All the players in the game will do it. The player who has the best hand is declared as the winner of the pot.

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15 September 2009 - 6:48am

For starters, I would advice to play online poker for free rather than losing money as well as confidence. But one must verify whether the casino is certified and reliable even if playing for the sake of fun. After learning skills about the game one can move on to professional level.

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28 October 2009 - 4:44am

If you haven't played poker online before, be aware as it is and always will be different from playing land based poker at a casino or even in the basement. The rules are still the same - but it's the game play or factors such as how players play their hands or how they bet, call, raise or go all-in. No matter what you do you are not going to stop players from calling hands or playing hands that you think they shouldn't have. Although this does happen playing in a pokerroom, I find it happens more often online. I've now come to accept it and have learned to adapt. I found that making my own notes of how players play has been very helpful.

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