It’s fun and easy to play poker. By first impression, Poker rules can look difficult, but when you first have tried it, it all makes sense.
Let’s begin with the main poker rules. It requires minimum one dealer and two players to play poker. Poker can be played by up to 10 persons at the time.
For far, so good. Now on to more detailed poker rules:
- The game begins with all the participants paying an ante (a forced deposit).
- For every round, a new player is acting the dealer. The player on the left side of the dealer is small blind, and the player to the left of the small blind is big blind. Both small blind and big blind pay a bigger ante.
- When dealer has given cards, the participants bet the amount, they think their hands are worth.
- The game proceeds in clockwise direction, and every participant has to choose between check, call or fold.
- A participant as checker also has the opportunity of raising the bet.
- A participant as folder loses the forced deposit and is out of the round.
- The round ends when all participants have checked and folded.
- If there is more than one participant left after the last round, the game is decided by showdown, where the remaining participants show their hands and decide the winner hand.
In the majority of poker types like Texas Hold ’Em and Omaha Hi/Lo, the different poker hands have the same ranking and are as following:
Royal flush is the best and most rare hand in the game. Royal Flush consists of 5 cards of same type (hearts, clubs, diamonds or spades). If you get a Royal Flush, it’s your lucky day! It corresponds to finding a four clover on a field…
After Royal Flush, Straight Flush is the most valuable hand. This flush consists of 5 cards in a consistent order and consists of the same card type. If the cards are not of the same type, then the hand is called a Straight instead.
Four of a kind consists (surprisingly) of 4 cards of the same kind. The fifth card on the hand is the highest card on your hand or on the table. If another player also has four of a kind, then the highest four of a kind cards wins.
A Full House is the fourth most valuable hand and it’s quite easy to get: It’s just three of a kind, and a pair. If it should happen that another participant also gets a full house, then the participant, with the highest three of a kind, wins. I still wonder, why it’s called a full house. I still haven’t cracked the code!
A Flush consists of 5 cards, which all are of the same kind. The cards don’t have to be in a specific order – as long as they are of the same kind. Why is it called a flush? To be honest, I have absolutely no idea, but I like, how the word lays in your mouth: Flush Mmm…
A Straight is 5 cards in a numerous order. They don’t need to be of the same colour which makes it pretty easy to get a straight.
3 is a magical number and that also counts, when you get Three of a Kind in a poker game. It can be three 2’s or three aces, it doesn’t matter as long as there’s three of them. When you have 3 of a kind on the hand, you will finish your hand with the two highest cards, you can find.
As the name hints to, the Two Pair consists of a hand with two pairs and furthermore the highest cards present. Simple, but effective!
Find two cards of the same kind, get them on your hand, and you got yourself A Pair! Now you just have to finish your 5-cards hand with three cards of the highest value, and you are good to go!
Highest card on the hand which in reality isn’t a real hand. You have none of the above hands, so you have to go with the cards that have the highest value in the round. Good luck buddy!
Different poker games
Online poker is a game which combines abilities, luck and strategy. That’s what makes the game so exiting!
There exist different kinds of poker games which separates from each other in different ways, from the number of cards to the bet sequences and the rules of the game. In some poker games, it’s the hand with the highest value that wins, while in others it’s the hand with the lowest value that wins. Other poker games are split games, where both the lowest and highest can win. In the next section, you can read about the most popular types of poker.
Texas Hold ‘Em
Texas Hold ’Em is the most widespread type of poker games and the most popular game at the biggest tournaments. It’s here the big profit and fame lies. Are you ready to reach after the biggest profits like Gus Hansen, Nguyen and Peter Eastgate? Check or raise!
Omaha Hi/Lo is also known as Omaha/8 or Omaha 8-or-better and it’s the most played poker game, next after Texas Hold ’Em. The rules of the game are different than most of the other poker games, because the participants can choose to achieve the highest or lowest hand as possible. It requires a lot of courage to go after the lowest hand!
Five Card Stud
Five Card Stud is one of the oldest types of poker games and has probably its origin in the American civil war. This typer of poker is not as popular anymore, but weirdly enough, they still play it in Finland under the name sökö. But Finland is also a really weird place!
Five Card Draw
Five Card Draw is often mentioned as the easiest form of poker game. According to the rules, the participants get each 5 cards with the backside up, one card at the time. The goal is to collect the best 5-cards hand as possible. This type of poker game was used as basis for video poker which today is more popular than the original Five Card Draw.
I hope you’ve learned more about poker and poker rules.
Action: Action refers to, when it’s the turn of the participant to play or to make a bet.
Action card: Refers to one common card which creates great activity, since the card is an advantage for different participants.
Advertising: When a participant consciously plays with a certain playing style to confuse and mislead.
All in: When a player bets everything.
Ante: The forced bet which is made before the round begins.
Bank: The player who’s in charge of distributing chips.
Bankroll: The full amount which the participant can use to play with.
Big blind: The biggest of the two forced bets in for example Texas Hold ’Em.
Bleed: If the player loses many chips because of bad playing.
Bluff: If the player make a huge bet with a bad hand to confuse the opponent and make an advantage.
Call: To match or raise a bet.
Cap: The limit of the number of times a bet can be raised in a round.
Chase: To stay in the round, even though your hand is bad, because you have a big amount in the pool.
Check: To pass an opportunity to make another bet.
Continuation bet: To make a bet after the player who was leading in relation to bets.
Dead hand: A hand that has been discarded because of an error.
Dealer: The person who deals cards. Depending on context, the person can either work for a casino or be a passive player.
Deuce: A card with the value of two.
Donkey: A player who obviously is weaker than the other players. That kind of player is also called a fish.
Drop: Same meaning as ’fold’.
Flash: A flash means that a card by accident is shown to one or more players, and therefore has to be shown to all players, before it can be discarded.
Float: To call a bet with the intention of bluffing in a later round.
Fold: To discard a hand and lose your forced bet and the possibility of competing for the pool.
Fouled hand: A hand which is being discarded because of breach.
Full ring: A poker game with 6 or more players, often between 9 and 11 players.
Heads up poker: A game played by 1 on 1.
H.O.R.S.E.: A tournament which contains 5 different types of poker games with different rules.
Pat: A hand which is already complete and doesn’t need cards from the table.
Poker face: A facial expression and body language that don’t expose anything about the players position.
Pot: The sum of the players bets.
Push: To make an All-in.
Raccoon: A bad/unexperienced player.
Rake: A fee to the casino, paid by the players who compete in the tournament.
Rakeback: A repaid amount to a participant who has paid fee for the tournament. Often paid by a third part who has financial interest in the participant.
River: The expression refers to the last card giving by the dealer in a round. Subsequently there is a last betting round and if necessary, a showdown.
Rock: A player with a very rigorous approach to the game. He or she only plays on the best hands.
Royal cards: Royal cards is a synonym for picture cards.
Satellite tournament: Tournaments, where first prize is an enter ticket to other big tournaments.
Scoop: A scoop refers to winning both the high and the low part of the pool in Hi/Lo poker games.
Shoe: Refers to a collection of playing cards in physical casinos, which are being hold in a plastic container.
Shorthanded: A game with 6 players or less.
Showdown: If more than one player is back after the last betting round. Their cards are shown and the best hand wins.
Sit and go: Tables/games where you can come and go as you wish in a certain period of time.
Straddle bet: A straddle bet is an optional bet which bets after blind bets in a game.
Tell: A leading clue to a players true position.
Tilt: A player who plays crazy or un carefully.
Toke: Tips given to the dealer by a participant who wins the pool.
Under the gun: According to the rules, the participant on the left side of the forced bets, even though the participant is first.
Up the ante: To raise the forced bets.
Window card: A card which has the frontside up in Stud Poker.
Walk: When all participants choose to fold for big blind.