Learn to play Poker
Hello dear reader, if you are in this section is because you are about to enter the world of poker, welcome and from now on, it will be a pleasure to accompany you on this journey.
Now let’s get down to business: how to become the next poker star? Let’s keep in mind that everyone, absolutely everyone has started from scratch, without knowing how to do it, just as it happens to you, so who says, you can get from this mental sport, something more than fun?
Let’s start with the basics: What is poker?
Poker, poker or poker, as you prefer to call it, is according to many the most popular card game of all. Traditionally, it was intended as a game for 2 to 7 players, although there are variations that can be played by more than seven players, or as often happens in tournaments, with fewer players.
- The game is played clockwise.
- Fifty-two cards are used, and in most of its multiple versions there are no jokers.
- The objective is to get the best combination of 5 cards and beat the opponents in order to win the bets that are placed during the course of the game.
- It is essential to know the hand classifications and rules.
- To learn how to play poker, you have to keep in mind that it is a purely and exclusively tactical and strategic card game, not a matter of luck as many believe.
The plays in poker
Let’s know then, the different combinations of cards that can be used to win the game. In order of highest to lowest value, they are as follows:
|Royal staircase||It is the best high hand in most poker formats! It consists of having 5 consecutive cards of the same color whose sequence is 10, J, Q, K, A.|
|Colored ladder||It is the sequence of 5 cards of the same suit in a straight.|
|Poker||Of the 5 cards, 4 are equal in value and 1 is different. For example: 4 aces and an 8 is a poker of aces, or 9-9-9-9-9-9-K.|
|Full||It will be a Full House when we have 3 identical cards of any suit together with 2 other identical cards of any suit. It would be the case of 5-5-5-5-Q-Q|
|Color||4 cards of the same suit will form this move. In the event of a tie, the player with the highest card wins.|
|Ladder||This move will occur when there are five consecutive cards in a row, not all of the same suit.|
|Leg or trio||When we get 3 identical cards and 2 others that have nothing to do with each other. For example 7-7-7-10-5.|
|Double pair or double pair||Two cards of the same rank, two cards of the same rank and one card that has no connection with the others. This would be the case of: JJ-3-3-7.|
|Pairing||When we only have 2 cards of the same value. In the event of a tie, the pair with the highest value will be the winner, and if this continues, the highest of the three remaining pairs may decide the tie.|
|High card||Any move other than any of the above will be considered a high card. The Ace is the highest card and the 2 is the lowest.|
Remember this detail: When comparing two hands of the same type, the ranking is determined by the value of the individual cards, i.e. when two hands are equal, the higher value cards are compared before the others.
We recommend that until you learn and memorize these hands, you keep them close at hand, so that you can make the best decisions when playing poker.
Hand rankings ready… now get ready to know the rules of the game:
- Players place aninitial bet, such as the Big Blind and Small Blind in Hold’em and Omaha. These mandatory bets are the first incentive for players to win the hand. Some of their chips are placed in a common central space known as the pot.
- The cards are distributed to the players.
- Once the cards are in our hands (or on our screen ?) the players must act in turns, and perform one of the following actions:
– Check: this action means to give the turn to the next player without placing a bet, when can I “check”, players can only do so if during the current round there are no bets. If all active players check, they are still in the hand and the round is over.
– Betting: players may do so, if there are no others doing so during the current round.
– Faced with this bet, the other players have three options: “call” the amount of the bet to stay in the hand, “don’tgo”, which would be to fold the hand and lose their cards, or “raise“, i.e. call the highest bet placed and then place a higher bet.
– In the latter case, all the following players will have to call the raise or raise again (“re-raise”) to stay in the hand.
- Those who have not folded will pay the additional chips into the pot, and will have reached the end of the first betting round.
- When the last round of betting is over, it is time for the final showdown, the cards will be shown, and whoever has the best hand will be the winner of the pot. (In the event that only one player remains active at the end of the game, he will automatically win the pot and will not need to show his cards. It can also happen that several players can share a pot, and this is distributed in different ways depending on the rules of the game and the valuation of the hand of each player compared to that of his opponents).
Structure of the betting rounds:
This is getting interesting! As mentioned above, there are different variants when it comes to playing poker, Texas Hold’em and Omaha are two of the most popular, and their betting structures are identical: four rounds of betting called preflop, flop, turn and river. The following is a brief explanation of each:
- Preflop: begins once all players have received their cards, and before any of the community cards are dealt.
- Flop: takes place after the first three community cards have been dealt.
- Turn: would be the round, after having dealt the fourth community card
- River: after the fifth and last community card was dealt.
Let us then graph the concepts we have seen so far. We share with you an example of a Texas Hold’em hand after all the cards have been dealt. Players may use any two of their two hole cards, along with any five community cards to form the best possible hand:
- Cards of your opponents’ hands
- Community Cards
- Your hand cards
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