The Rules of Online Poker
PokerBaazi respects your desire to learn poker online. Our instructive multimedia presentation below is designed to get you up and running in next to no time, and it relates to the two most popular card game variants. These are called Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha.
In simplest terms, what is poker?
Poker is a popular card game that relates to several core aspects of Mathematical, Psychological and Strategic Analysis in perpetual detail. Not all cards have the same priority and it is up to each player to make the best card combination from the ones that are dealt to him.
As you’d possibly expect, the player with the best card combination usually would win after all the cards have been shown at the end of the hand. This stage is called Showdown. Here are some common terms and card combinations that form the basis of poker.
Hole Cards and Community Cards
a. Hole Cards: Two random face-down cards dealt to each player on a table.
b. Community Cards: Five cards put face-up on the game table. Players use them to make their respective card combinations.
A player strives to make a winning card combination using his two Hole Cards and a fixed number of Community Cards (depending on the poker variant he is playing) to make the best five-card combination.
In Texas Hold’em, every player strives to make the best five-card poker hand using his two Hole Cards and five Community Cards. The player with the best card combination is the winner.
In Pot Limit Omaha, a player should also make the best five-card combination. Every player initially gets four Hole Cards, out of which he discards two. He should then try to make a winning five-card poker hand with two Hole Cards and five Community Cards.
Poker involves placing forced amounts, and they are called Big Blind and Small Blind respectively. These forced amounts start the formation of “Pot”, the minimum amount of money that works as an incentive for players to continue and win the game. As the game progresses, the Pot size (or the money on the table) also increases.
Both Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha feature four rounds each. These four rounds are called Pre-Flop, Flop, Turn and River. The cards are dealt one by one to each player. The distribution of the cards starts from the player sitting to the immediate left of the Dealer and then proceeds in a clockwise manner around the table. The next player to receive the cards is the Big Blind. It is important to understand that the Small Blind starts the game by placing an amount which is usually half that of the blind posted by the Big Blind.
Five interesting scenarios may arise and a player may take one of them at a time with regards to his game. These are:
a. Fold: Players may forego the action thinking that the cards they are dealt are not good enough. Should they do so, they forfeit their cards by “Folding.” This also puts them out of competition for that very hand.
b. Wager: A Wager is a token amount that acts as a minimum for other players to match in order to remain in the game.
c. Call: A Call means that a player places an amount equal to the last placed wager on the table.
d. Check: When a player Checks, he is consciously declining the option to open the pot from his side and is rather transferring the action to the person sitting to his left. One can Check only when there is no wager in progress at that very instance.
e. Raise: A raise happens when a player increases the amount of the last placed wager on the table. A player may do it when he has a better card combination or when he is bluffing.
As explained previously, players may fall out of the race at every instance of raising during Pre-Flop, Flop, Turn and River rounds. This is because one may think one’s cards are not worth matching or increasing the stakes, and this is where decision-making skills become so crucial
. So players need to continue placing chips in the pot at every such round until every active player has either matched the raise made or folded his cards. This process repeats until the hand is complete.
As the name suggests, the Showdown phase is the last phase in a game. It means all the active and competing players now show their cards and the player with the best five-card combination is the winner. Please note that this particular phase starts after the placing of the last Raise in the final round called River.
All-inAll-In is a unique scenario in which all the chips of a particular player are in the pot before the completion of the hand. All active players who don’t have enough chips to compete further in a game, are rendered All-In if they wish to continue in that hand. If one of them wins, that player gets an amount proportional to his All-In wager. The game continues and other competitive players are allotted a ‘Side Pot’ to play.
This was a capsule-sized presentation on the basics of poker. We advise you to visit our following extensive resources for a thorough understanding of the game.
• Poker Hands/ Hand Rankings
• Poker Dictionary
• Comparison of different hands/ Hand Rankings
• Customer Support
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