How To Play Poker

Before you sit down to play poker for the first time, don't make the mistake of thinking it is a surefire way to instant riches! It can take years to master the game and the only way to become a great player is to practice. a token called a "dealer button" which will be placed next to the player.

Below we take a look at the basics of how to play poker, and make sure you fully understand the basics before you play or it could cost your dearly.

Table Position and the Deal

To ensure complete fariplay the right to deal a hand rotates among the players at the poker table and whoevers turn it is will be easy to spot via a token called a "dealer button" which will be placed next to the player.

If played in a land based casino, the house dealer will always take charge of the cards for each hand, and this dealer button will be rotated clockwise among the players to indicate who is the dealer and also to determine the order of betting.

Due to the nature of the deal being rotated it makes no difference where you sit at the poker table, as everyone will get an equal chance of having to place both an Ante bet and a Big bet.

Betting and Wagering Options

Before a game begins two players are obliged to make obligatory bets, depending on where they are sitting these bets are either an ante or a big bet.

The dealer then shuffles all of the cards, and then the player sitting to the right of the nominated dealer cuts, next the dealer deals the appropriate number of cards to the players one at a time, beginning with the player to his left.

The cards dealt to each player are dealt face-down, and what follows next is several betting rounds, whereby a player may discard their cards, call a previous bet or raise the bet.

Betting Rounds

During a betting round, if one player places his bet and no other of his poker opponents choose to call the bet and choose to fold their hand, then that game ends and the player who bet is awarded the pot, should this happen then the dealer deals no cards and the next game will be put into motion.

This is where a good bluffer will attempt to steal the pot by pretending to have a stronger hand that he really does, but be warned if an opponent does have a strong hand he will take that player on by calling or raising the bet.

At the end of the last betting round, should more than one player remain then there follows what is called the showdown. Here each player has to reveal their cards and their hands will be evaluated.

The player with the best hand according to the poker hand ranking will be deemed the winner and he or she wins the entire pot. if two hands are equallly matched then the pot is shared by the players whose hands are matching.

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