Trying to understand the rules of poker can be confusing, in large part because of various variants of poker games and information that is confusing but misleading on the Internet.
Here we will simplify poker rules and explain to you the basic rules and how they vary in various poker game formats.
– Types of Poker Games
There are hundreds of variants of poker in Maha168, most of which are barely played and that list might be reduced to less than 10 games that are played regularly today, the most common being Texas Holdem Poker.
Most poker games can be divided into 3 categories:
A. Hold’em Poker game – this game shares cards between players, so a number of common cards (called community cards) are dealt in the center of the table available to all players to use as part of their hand.
B. Poker Board – some cards are dealt to players “face up” which means all other players can see them and others are dealt “face down” which means only players can see it. There are no shared or “community” cards.
C. Poker Images – each player is dealt a number of cards that they can only see, then throughout their hands they have the opportunity to swap cards for new cards to try and make a winning hand.
Of course there are different poker game variants because they all have different rules so it is not possible to comprehensively cover everything in this article.
So … below you will find the basic poker rules and concepts that apply to most poker games. Read and digest this and then, after you decide which poker game you want to learn to play, you can go to our Poker Games & Rules section to get a more detailed guide to the game you have chosen.
* Poker game is played with a “deck” of 52 cards.
* Each deck contains four “suits” – hearts, spades, clips, and diamonds.
* Each suit contains 13 cards, numbers 2 to 10 and then four Jack, Queen, King and US “picture cards”.
* Poker card rankings dropped from the US, which is the highest for King, Queen, Jack, then 10 down to 2.
* Ace, depending on the rules in each game, can be counted as the lowest or highest card.
Cards are dealt to each player depending on the individual game rules you play. After the cards are dealt, there will be a series of betting rounds in which each player is given the following options.
* Check – You do not want to bet any chips at this time and you take the “free” option – this is only an option if someone has not placed a bet before your turn to remove the free check option.
* Bets (Bet) – You make a bet by choosing a sum of money or “chips” and clicking on a bet if you play poker online or pushing them to the middle of the table if you play live poker. Bets must be between the minimum and maximum limits which we will discuss later. After you bet the other players must match that bet or they are eliminated from the hand.
* Call / Call – If a player has placed a bet and you want to keep in hand, then you have to match that bet, you are said to “call the bet” or as you announce “I call or take part in the bet”.
* Raise a bet – If a player has placed a bet, then you have the option to place a bigger bet, this is called “Raise”.
* Fold / Close Card – If a bet has been made and you do not want to match that bet, then you “fold” your hand. Folding your hands removes you from the hands or does not follow the game one round.
Each betting round is completed when all players have been called the highest bet, or folding their hands leaving only one active player (the player who makes the highest bet) – then the next card is dealt and another betting round can begin.
How is a hand made?
Generally there are two types of cards available for players:
* Card Holes – these are cards that are dealt to individual players – they are only available for use in the hands by the players they are dealt with.
* Community Card – this is a shared card that is dealt in the middle of the table and is available for all players to use in their hands.
Depending on the individual game rules you play, Cards will be dealt “face up” so everyone can see them or “face down” so that only the players they have met can see them.
How a hand is made varies depending on which poker game you are playing, but to give you an idea let’s look at an example of the most popular form of poker – Texas Holdem Poker.
In Texas Holdem, each player is dealt two “Hole” cards – these cards are dealt face down and only the player knows what the card is.
During the course, a total of 5 community cards are dealt “face up” so everyone can see in the middle of the table. This community card is dealt and is available for all players to use in their hands. So now there are a total of 7 cards available to us and we take the best 5 cards out of the 7 cards.
The above is a very good introduction to the basic rules of poker and hopefully cuts some confusion on the subject that can be generated by normal google searches.
Now that you have a basic understanding of poker rules, you should continue to look through other articles in the Poker for Beginners section to continue to get a good introduction to poker. After you do that it will come time to choose a game to learn. by going to our Games & Rules section of Poker – most people start with Texas Holdem because this is the most played, but it’s up to you.