How To Play Poker?

Poker in general is the name given to a number of card games where players wager on the strength of the cards they hold. The game involves a communal "pot" consisting of the players' wagers, which is in the end is awarded to the player who either holds the highest ranking hand when all the cards are shown by players, or who makes a wager which other opponents are unwilling to match to play the game. offers Texa Holdem and Omaha Poker. But before we explain the variants here are basics of most poker games. All poker games begin with some forced wager over which poker players compete. The forced wagers are a small blind and a big blind (and sometimes also an ante). In any basic poker game, players strategically wager using a number of actions available to them. The actions are as follows:

  1. CHECK - Check is like passing, without a wager involoved, with the player staying in the game as no wager is involved. Thats is, if there is no wager on the current betting round, a player may check. The act of checking passes the action to the next player, who is immediately clockwise from the player. A check does not forfeit interest in the pot, only the current right of the player to bet. If all active players ont he table check during a round of betting, the round is considered complete.
  2. BET - If there is not yet a wager on the current betting round, a player may bet with an amount. If a player bets, the player immediately clockwise from him or her (and any subsequent players) may fold, raise, or call.
  3. FOLD - The act of folding on the table forfeits all interest in the pot. A player who once folds is not required or allowed to wager any further money during the current poker hand, but cannot win that hand either.
  4. CALL - If there has been a bet on the current round of poker play, a player may call, which means he matches the bet made by another player.That is, the act of calling requires the player to match the current bet made by his or her opponent(s).
  5. RAISE - If there has been a bet on the current betting round, a player may raise. The act of raising requires the poker player to match the current bet, and then make a greater one. All subsequent players are required to call the raise or raise again ("re-raise") to maintain interest in the pot.Other players can also fold if they feel not to match the bet.

Each Poker Hand, the Game goes in rounds. On each betting round, betting continues until every player has either matched the bets made or folded (if no bets are made, the round is complete when every player has checked). When a betting round is completed, the next dealing/betting round begins, or the hand is complete.

If the last bet or raise on the final betting round occurs then the last remaining players show their hand which is called, a "showdown". This is when it is determined who wins the pot,as players show their hands one-by-one, the player with the best hand wins. It may be the case that there is no showdown. This occurs when a player bets or raises, and no active player or players choose to call that player's bet (in other words, all other players fold). In that case, the player doing the betting or raising wins the full amount of the pot.

Hand Ranking

The following image reflects the rank of cards in poker.


Poker Hand Rank