How To Play Poker
If you want to know how to play poker, there are some
basics that need to be understood about the flow of the poker
The starting point of the game is for the players to place their
blind bets before any cards are dealt.
The Pre-Flop (first round) - Two cards are
dealt to each player, which are placed face down on the table.
These are the hole cards or pocket cards. This is
followed by the first round of betting, known as the
pre-flop. At this point players assess their cards and
decide to bet or pass on this round. They are not able to
check in the pre-flop round. They can bet,
call, raise or fold. The players have to each bet
the same amount for the game to proceed, so if one player raises
the bet then the other players have to match it by re-raising, or
they can call or fold their cards, removing them
from that round.
The Flop (second round) - The dealer now deals
three community cards face up onto the table. Each player
reviews his pocket or hole cards and the
community cards to try and create a good hand. The second round of
betting happens at this point. Once more, players can bet,
call, raise, fold, or can choose to
The Turn (third round) - A fourth community
card is now dealt on the table. Players now have their two hole or
pocket cards and four community cards from which to build their
hand. A further round of betting takes place.
The River (fourth round) - The fifth and final
community card, called The River, is dealt on the table. Players
now have their two cards and the five cards on the table from which
to form a hand. Final bets are made.
Finally the players make the best five card poker hands they can
from the cards available to them. Then each shows their hand, with
the best hand winning the pot. This is called The Showdown.
- To check is to bet nothing but still remain in the game. This
can only be done when it is the player's turn to make a bet and the
other players have not bet yet.
- To call is to bet the same amount as the previous bet.
- To raise is to increase the amount of the previous bet
- To fold is to give up the chance to win the pot by not matching
Also see beginner's poker