PLAY POKER

ONCE YOU HAVE DECIDED TO JOIN POKER MADNESS AND TO PLAY A POKER GAME, YOU HAVE TO START YOUR POKER EDUCATION. OBVIOUSLY, THE FIRST STEP IS STUDYING POKER RULES. YOU MAY PLAY POKER OF DIFFERENT TYPES DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU MAY PLAY TEXAS HOLD’EM IF YOU WANT TO PLAY POKER OF SKILLS INVOLVING A FAIR AMOUNT OF THINKING. HOWEVER, YOU MAY CHOOSE STANDARD FIVE-CARD DRAW POKER GAME WITH YOUR WINNING ODDS DEPENDING RATHER ON LUCK THAN ON YOUR POKER SKILLS.

THEN YOU HAVE TO KNOW HOW POKER CARDS ARE ACCORDING TO THE VALUE OF THE NUMBER ON THE CARD OR THE VALUE OF THE FACE. AND OF COURSE, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PLAY POKER IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE COMBINATIONS OF YOUR CARDS KNOWN AS POKER HANDS.

HOW TO PLAY POKER

POKER GAMES START WITH A SHUFFLE AND CUT OF THE DECK AND THEN THE PLAYERS ANTE BEFORE THE DEALER DEALS A CARD. TO ANTE, EACH POKER PLAYER IS REQUIRED TO PUT A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY, USUALLY A PERCENTAGE OF THE MINIMUM BET, INTO THE POT. GAMES ARE PLAYED WITH COLORED POKER CHIPS THAT CORRESPOND TO DIFFERENT DENOMINATIONS OF MONEY.

STRICT RULES GOVERN THE BETTING ORDER, WHICH ALSO VARIES WITH THE TYPE OF POKER GAME PLAYED. THE BETTING ORDER IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE PLAYER WHO BETS FIRST HAS THE DISADVANTAGE OF PROVIDING OTHER PLAYERS WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR HAND BEFORE RECEIVING ANY INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OTHER PLAYER’S HAND. THE POKER PLAYER WHO BETS LAST HAS THE ADVANTAGE OF SEEING HOW EVERYONE ELSE BETS BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO PLAY THEIR HAND. IN MOST GAMES THE DEALER DEALS CLOCKWISE, STARTING WITH THE PLAYER TO THE DEALER’S LEFT.

THERE ARE DIFFERENT NUMBERS OF BETTING ROUNDS IN DIFFERENT POKER GAMES. DURING EACH ROUND, BETTING MOVES CLOCKWISE AROUND THE TABLE AND POKER PLAYERS CAN EITHER CHECK, CALL, RAISE, OR FOLD. WHEN YOU CHECK THAT MEANS YOU WANT TO STAY IN THE GAME, BUT DON’T WANT TO BET. WHEN YOU CHECK, YOU FORFEIT THE RIGHT TO RAISE IN THE CURRENT ROUND UNLESS “CHECK AND RAISE” IS ALLOWED IN YOUR GAME. AFTER SOMEONE MAKES THE FIRST BET, ALL OTHER PLAYERS CAN ONLY CALL, RAISE OR FOLD.

WHEN YOU CALL, YOU MATCH THE MOST RECENT BET AND PLACE THE APPROPRIATE STACK OF CHIPS IN FRONT OF YOU FOR THE DEALER TO PLACE IN THE POT. ANOTHER OPTION IS TO RAISE THE AMOUNT OF THE BET BY MATCHING THE PREVIOUS BET AND RAISING THE AMOUNT BY AN ADDITIONAL AMOUNT. AFTER THE BET HAS BEEN RAISED, ALL OTHER PLAYERS REMAINING IN THE POT MUST CALL WITH THE HIGHER AMOUNT OF CHIPS, OR FOLD. IN MANY POKER GAMES, THE BET CAN BE RAISED ONLY THREE TIMES IN THE SAME BETTING ROUND. WHEN YOU DON’T THINK THAT YOUR HAND IS GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN AND DON’T FEEL LIKE BLUFFING, YOU CAN FOLD OR DROP OUT OF THE HAND. DEPENDING UPON THE POKER GAME, THERE MIGHT BE SEVERAL ROUNDS OF BETTING, WITH A CARD OR CARDS DEALT BETWEEN THE ROUNDS.

WHEN TWO OR MORE PLAYERS REMAIN IN THE GAME AT THE END OF THE LAST ROUND OF BETTING, EACH OF THE PLAYERS SHOWS THEIR CARDS IN A SHOWDOWN. THE HAND WITH THE HIGHEST POKER VALUE WINS THE POT. THE HOUSE MAKES A PROFIT BY TAKING THE RAKE, A PERCENTAGE OF EACH POT. THE RAKE PERCENTAGE VARIES FROM TWO TO 10 PERCENT, BUT IN SOME CASES THERE IS A MAXIMUM DOLLAR AMOUNT OR A FLAT FEE.