A Beginner’s Guide to Poker


If you’re new to poker you’ll want to learn the rules and the different types of hands. Once you understand the basics of the game you can begin to develop your strategy and become a winning player. Poker can be played with two or more players. Each player “buys in” by placing a certain number of chips (representing money) into the pot to play. The person with the highest hand wins the pot. If there is a tie between players the dealer will win.

Each player has 2 cards face down. There is then a round of betting that is initiated by 2 mandatory bets called blinds put in by the players to the left of the dealer. (These bets are called to create a pot for players to try to win and provide incentive for people to play.)

After the first betting round is complete the dealer will deal 3 more cards into the center of the table that are known as community cards that everyone can use. There is another round of betting and if there are still players in the hand then there will be another card dealt face up that is also known as the flop.

A winning poker hand is comprised of 4 matching cards of the same rank or four consecutive cards of the same suit. There are other combinations as well such as three of a kind, flush and straight. When holding a weak hand on the flop it is sometimes better to fold than to continue betting at it. This allows the stronger hands to beat weaker ones.