How To Play Poker

Learn Poker Rules: Texas hold em rules

How do you play poker games? This is one of the questions about poker games many aspiring millionaires are asking. If you are one of them, we have a detailed guide that we hope will answer any of the questions you might have about playing poker games.

Rules of playing poker games

There are many variations of poker games each with a different set of rules. However, there are some standard set of rules that are applied in all poker games in regard to particular circumstances.

That said, one of the most popular games in Online Poker is known as Texas hold em. We have used this game to guide you on how to play poker games. You will find the rules of this game extremely simple and easy to understand the first time you will try the game.

How many players can play this game?

Two or more players can play poker games. In our guide, we have explained rules that apply when six players are playing altogether.

Posting blinds

In order to start betting in this poker game, forced bets commonly referred to as blinds are made by two of the six players. In each round, one player posts the small blind and another player posts the big blind clockwise from the dealer button.

These are known as compulsory bets for these two players which means that the other four remaining players can play for free. To make it fair, in the next round a different player has to post the small blind and a different player has to post the big blind while a different set of four players plays for free.

Betting rounds

There are four betting rounds in the game of poker. These include the Preflop Round, the Flop Round, the Turn Round and the River Round.

1. Preflop Round
In the first round called the Preflop Round, the player acting next to the big blind position begins.

There three different options this particular player can take.

The player can CALL which means putting in the big blinds, he can RAISE which means putting in more money in the big blind or he can FOLD which means wishing all his cards away. The next player also has similar options: to CALL, RAISE or FOLD. All the remaining players must choose the three options. Once all the players have contributed the same amount of money, the chips are moved to the middle of the table.

2. Flop Round

In the second round known as the Flop Round, the 3 community cards are dealt face up in the table. Every poker player can use the 3 community cards on the table and his 2 private cards to create a 5 card poker hand of the highest ranking. The first one to act is the small blind player.

He can CHECK which means not placing any bet or BET by placing desired
money in the center of the table which other players must match to continue playing. The last option this player
has is that he can FOLD which means playing his cards away. Just like in the first round, once somebody has finished acting, the player to his left will act.

For example, if the small blind player bets 10 chips, the next player can
either FOLD by taking his cards away, CALL which means matching the 10 chips or RAISE which means putting in more than 10 chips such as 30 chips. Once everyone has contributed the same amount of money, the third round known as the Turn Round begins

3. Turn Round

In this round, one community card is dealt in the table. This means all players have six cards available to them-2 private cards in the hand and the 4 community cards in the table.
A player can use any 5 cards out of the 6 cards to create a 5-card poker hand. How to play in the thirds round is exactly the same as the way you play in the second round. Once everyone has contributed the same amount of money, we go the fourth round known as the River Round.

4. River Round

In this round, one more community card will be dealt face up in the poker table.
This means there are now 7 cards available to you-2 private cards on your hand and 5 cards on the table facing up. A player can use any 5 cards out of the 6 cards to create a 5-card poker hand. How to play in the fourth round is exactly the same way you play in the second and third round.

Who wins?

After the four rounds of betting, any player remaining must show his cards on the table.
Whoever has the best 5-card poker hand wins the game. The rest lose. It is a winner takes all game. This is one of the reasons poker game is very attractive.

When you win, you win big.

With a lot of money in the line, you should be careful when making your betting decisions.
It is not a must that you take a predetermined decision. Your decisions are bet, fold, call, raise or check. It depends on how strong your 5 card poker hand is.

Poker hand ranking

There are 10 different categories of 5-card poker hands which are ranked in this order:

1. High cards: This is the weakest category where your hand did not form even a pair.
2. One pair: Two cards of the same rank in your hand.
3. Two pairs: You have two pairs
4. Three of a kind: You have three cards of the same rank in your hand.
5. Straight: You have 5 consecutive cards such as A, 2, 3, 4, 5.
6. Flush: There are five poker cards of the similar suit in your hand.
7. Full house: You have three similar cards and a pair in your hands. For example 7, 7, 7 and 9, 9
8. Four of a kind: Here you have four cards of the same rank in your hand.
9. Straight flush: You have a straight and a flush in your hand.
10. Royal flush: Here you have an A size straight flush.
If two hands are in the same category, the one with a higher card wins. For example, A, A, 5, 5, 9 beats K, K, Q, Q, 9 which means a pair of As is better than two pairs of Ks and Qs.

Understanding how these rules are applied will make learning and
playing different variations of poker games less complicated and more enjoyable.

Still need help? Watch the video for more video footage to learn the rules.

Share Button