Note that there are many different types of poker, which have a lot in common, but the differences are really big. The most popular ones are described below - Texas Hold'em poker rules.
The game is played all over the world, in a wide range of Casino live and casinos online. Well-known tournaments such as WSOP, WPT are also played both live and online, and these shortcuts are familiar to poker fans from Asia to the USA.
If you are a complete beginner, we recommend that you first familiarise yourself with poker hands.
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Poker rules for beginners
How many players play?
Poker can be played between two players (heads up), a few hundred or a few dozen or tens of thousands of players, but to one no more than 10 players at a table.
In large tournaments, players are assigned to different tables, and as they fall, there is a constant rotation - reducing the number of "open" tables, and re-seating players to the empty seats of players who have fallen out.
Dealing of cards
One of the players is called the dealer, it is assigned the letter D (usually) and a special token (e.g. dealer button). Almost nowhere do the players themselves deal the cards, so this is just a formal status. The status of the dealer moves one place clockwise with each deal.
The next person after the dealer (clockwise) shall do compulsory small bets ( small blind). One player further back - the big bet ( big blind). These bets are required even if you don't like the first cards you receive. In tournaments, the small and big blinds are required even if you are temporarily not playing (e.g. sit out), cash games usually include the possibility to miss a game several times in a row.
How do I play poker?
Texas Hold'em poker is played with a 52-card deck. Each player is dealt two cards at the start of the hand. Bets are placed (at least the big blind) or the cards are discarded and the hand is forfeited. If at least two players continue to play, the three community cards are turned up. flop, in gamer jargon flop). Next, bets are placed again and the amount can be raised. but), reply (Eng. call), checking without lifting (Ang. check) or throwing cards (e.g. fold). More on this later in the article.
The second translation reveals the fourth community card - turn, and after one more bet, the fifth and final community card is turned up - river. So, there are 5 community cards on the table, and two in each player's hand.
We have prepared a short video for you about the dealer's position, blinds and the whole betting process.
What is the purpose?
Of course, poker also has a purpose - to win. And the winner is the person who makes the best hand from the two and five community cards he or she has face-up on the table. The rules of Texas Hold'em poker are quite loose, allowing you to use 2 of your own and 3 on the table, 1 of your own and 4 on the table, or all five community cards if you have a poor, low hand. It's true that the chances of winning in this case are slim, but the point we're trying to make here is that Texas Hold'em is a very loose poker game that allows you to choose.
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First round of betting against community cards
The first round of betting takes place before the first three cards are dealt. This is called pre-flop. The first bet is placed by the player to the left of the player who has already placed the mandatory big bet. This player is given the choice of one of three actions: to throw, to call, to raise. Throw (fold) cards means no bet is placed and the game is not continued. Reply (call) means to make a big bet (big blind) to continue the game and increase the bet amount (but) means increasing the big bet. If someone else has already increased the bet before the player, it is possible to increase the bet even further (raise). Raises can be subject to various restrictions depending on the type of game (in a fixed limit game, you can only raise up to the size of the big blind, in a bankroll limit game you can only raise up to the size of the pot (all the bets on the table), and in a non-limit game, you can raise up to the size of the pot (all the bets on the table).
The other players to the left have the same options as the first bettor, with a slight difference in the actions taken by the small and big bettors. The player who made the small blind has the same options, but his bet is settled and he only needs to bet the difference, i.e. if all players have bet an equal amount on the big bet, this player needs to bet half the amount (the small blind has already been placed, so the missing amount is bet). For the big bet player, there is no difference, so he can call without betting. He completes the first round of betting (he can also raise, as can the other players).
Second betting round after three community cards have been turned up
When three community cards are turned up (flop, flop), the second betting round begins, involving players who did not discard their hole cards in the first round. When three community cards are dealt face up on the table, the player to the left of the dealer (the player who was previously the small bet) places his bet.
The same action options remain, i.e. reply, raise, skip/check. check). If you are not happy with the cards on the table and the cards in your hand, you can fold (fold).
Third betting round and fourth card to be turned up
When the fourth community card (turn), the third round of betting begins. The order remains the same, i.e. starting with the player to the left of the dealer and proceeding clockwise. As before, bets can be placed (but), raise the stakes (raise), check (check), throw cards (fold).
Fourth betting round - the last card to be turned up
The last betting round and the fifth community card, the last card (river) opens. The sequence and actions remain the same, but after this betting round, the game is over and the players' cards are turned up to determine the winner of the pot.
When the cards in each player's hand are turned up, the winner is the player with the better hand. He takes the whole pot. If the hands are identical, the pot is split evenly, or the amount bet by the player is taken into account (if one player bet everything (all-in), but other players continued to bet higher amounts because they had more chips than the player who bet everything.
Once a hand is completed, a new hand is started, the same from the beginning, but the dealer and blinds are shifted one chip to the left (clockwise).
Knowing the rules of poker is important, but practicing them is even more important. It's only by practising and trying to play that you'll be able to learn how to play well, so try putting what you've just read into practice now and you'll be able to pick up more quickly the rules, the details and the finer points of the game that make it impossible to win!