How To Play Poker - The Basics
It’s the most popular card game in the world – and undeniably the best.
The entire world knows and loves poker. It’s a game that offers non-stop thrills, the chance to mix it up with players from every culture, united by a love of competition and proving your skills by capturing all of the chips!
It’s a game that takes a minute to learn and an entire lifetime to master. So, for the novices just starting out, what exactly is poker?
How to play poker basics with GGPoker
Poker is played with a deck of 52 cards, made up of four different suits (spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds). Cards are typically dealt to the players at the table (whether virtual or real) and after a series of betting rounds the players remaining in the hand compare their cards and a winner is declared – in the case of a tie, there may be two or more winning players!
There are many variations of poker, but all fundamentally involve a combination of reading your own hands and those held by your opponents, and then making various betting decisions.
Texas Hold’em poker
The most popular form of poker is Texas Hold’em (also known as Texas Holdem or simply Hold’em). In this game, two hole cards (which are hidden from others) are dealt to each player.
Over the course of subsequent betting rounds, a total of five community cards are dealt into the center of the table, with players making their best five-card poker hand using a combination of their hole cards and the community cards.
Omaha is similar to Texas Hold’em, except that players are dealt four hole cards instead of two.
There are the same number of community cards and betting rounds as in Hold’em, but Omaha’s defining change really sets it apart (and gets the blood pumping); players must use exactly two of their hole cards and three of the community cards to make their best five-card poker hand.
Want to play for small change? Or for big bucks? That’s no problem – at GGPoker we offer table stakes to suit everyone, whether you’re happy playing for pennies or want to make things a little more exciting by upping the stakes.
All of our games clearly display the table stakes or buy-in information you need to make your decision.
Brush up on your knowledge in our Poker School
By visiting our Texas Hold’em and Omaha pages you’ll find out all the basic information needed to play either game. Want to know a bit more and mix it up with the ‘experts’, whether self-styled or not?
Take a look at poker tips, probability information and all-important poker lingo in the GGPoker Poker School. We’ll see you at the table once class has been dismissed!