Getting Started at Playing Poker

Poker is one of the most popular classic casino games. Once you have learned the basics, you can confidently approach the poker table at your casino, and join in with the game. As you go along, your skills will improve, and you will become a master of the game. But first, let’s get to know the game, and what it’s all about.

Poker is played in rounds, and each player aims to have the best combination of cards at the end of the round. But, before the end of each round of play, each player is asked to call a bet which is based on the strength of their cards. The player with the best hand, meaning the combination of cards they hold, wins all the money wagered, by the end of the round. Although this basic concept of poker is straightforward, there are a lot of subtle nuances to the game, that makes it as exciting and enduring as it is. Here, we introduce you to a few concepts to understand before you start betting.

How Strong Is Your Hand?

In poker, the ace is always the highest value card, and 2 is the lowest. Players have five cards and are required to combine them into the strongest hand possible. In ascending order a strong combination can consist of a pair, two pairs, three of a kind, a straight (a sequence of five numbers in any suit), a flush (five cards of the same suit), a full house (a pair and three of a kind), four of a kind or a straight flush (a sequence of five numbers in the same suit). A hand’s strength is also determined by the highest card, so if two players have a similar hand, the one with the highest card value wins.

Who Are Your Opponents?

While it is essential that you know your cards, it is equally important to know what kind of players you are facing. The best way to judge your opponents’ hands and abilities, is by sitting back and observing them. Your observations of the other players will help you make your own decisions during the game. Sometimes small, often involuntary behaviours give away a players discomfort or confidence. Noticing and using this kind of information takes a lot of practice.