Learn How To Play Online Poker With GGPoker

Looking to learn how to play online poker and don’t know where to start? GGPoker has the perfect poker tutorial for you. It’s one of the easiest card games to learn and hardest to master, and definitely the most thrilling to play. With a mix of strategy, calculations, luck, & psychology it’s unrivalled by any other card game.

If you want to learn how to play online poker, then you’ve come to the right place. GGPoker have the perfect guide to get you started playing online. Here we’ll show you how to all the basics to get you playing the most popular card game online. We also have a list of common Poker Terms, so if you get lost in the language we have an easy reference point for you. At GGPoker, we play the 2 most popular poker games out there; Texas Hold’em & Omaha Poker

What’s the difference between Omaha and Texas Hold’em Poker?

Texas Hold’em Poker
Omaha Poker
Texas Holdem vs Omaha Omaha vs Texas Holdem

The main difference between Omaha and Texas Hold’em Poker is the number of Hole Cards (the cards that belong solely to the player that remain hidden from the other players) you receive from the dealer. In Texas Hold’em, each player receives 2 Hole Cards, while in Omaha each player receives 4.

The second difference between Omaha and Texas Hold’em is how the Hole Cards are combined with the Community Cards (the cards which are dealt face up in the centre of the table which are shared by everyone). In Texas Hold’em, you can use both, one or even none of your Hole Cards with the Community Cards to make the best hand possible to win the hand. However, in Omaha you MUST use 2 of your Hole Cards to make the best hand possible – no more and no less.

What does “No-Limit” Poker mean?

In Omaha & Texas Hold’em there’s 4 rounds of betting (which we’ll go through later), and during these rounds you can go “All-In” (bet your entire chip stack) at anytime! That’s the thrill of our online poker game, you could double, triple or even quadruple your chip stack or go completely bust in one hand. At GGPoker we’ve even included an “All-In Insurance” feature where you can still  save some of your chips if your hand doesn’t go to plan.

Which poker hands beat which?

Before you get started on the basics of online poker, the first thing you should learn is how each poker hand ranks. The list below breaks each one, so memorise it over and over again until you’re 100% sure what hand beats what. It’s actually pretty simple, and once you have it down the real fun can start.

Poker Hand (1 = Worst / 10 = Best Description Example Probability Odds
1.High Card The “High Card” hand has five unpaired cards and doesn’t make a flush or a straight, with the highest card being the best value. For example, a “Ace-High” hand would beat a “King-High” hand. Learn How To Play Online Poker - High Card Hand Explained 50.1177% 0.995 : 1
2.One Pair “One Pair” refers to two cards of the same rank (e.g. 5♥, 5♦) in your five-card hand, with the remaining three cards unpaired. Learn How To Play Online Poker - Poker One Pair Hand Explained 42.2569% 1.37 : 1
3.Two Pair “Two Pair” refers to two cards of the same rank along with another two cards of the same rank (e.g. 7♦, 7♠, J♠, J♥) in your five-card hand. Learn How To Play Online Poker - Poker Two Pair Hand Explained 4.753.9% 20.0 : 1
4.Three-Of-A-Kind (also known as Trips or a Set) “Three-Of-A-Kind” means three cards of the same rank together in a hand of five, with the remaining two cards unpaired (e.g. A♥, A♦, A♣). Learn How To Play Online Poker - Poker Three Of A Kind Hand Explained 2.1128% 46.3 : 1
5.Straight A “Straight” is five cards which are not all the same suit in a consecutive order (e.g. 4♥, 5♠, 6♣, 7♦, 8♦). If two opponents have a straight in the same hand, the straight with the highest-ranking card will win. So a Q-high straight would beat a J-high straight. Learn How To Play Online Poker - Poker Straight Hand Explained 0.3925% 254 : 1
6.Flush A “Flush” is when the five cards you hold all come from the same suit (e.g. 3♠, 7♠, 9♠, J♠, K♠). If two players have a Flush, the one with the highest-ranking card will win, so an Ace-high Flush will beat a King-high Flush. Poker Flush Hand Explained 0.1965% 508 : 1
7.Full House A “Full House” is when you have 3 cards of the same rank (Three-Of-A-Kind) along with 2 cards of the same rank (One Pair) (e.g. 8♥,8♦,K♦,K♣,K♠). Poker Full House Hand Explained 0.1441% 693 : 1
8.Four-Of-A-Kind (also known as Quads) Similar to Three-Of-A-Kind, but with a “Four-Of-A-Kind” hand you have all four cards of the same rank (e.g. 7♥, 7♦, 7♣, 7♠). Poker 4 Of A Kind Hand Explained 0.0240% 4,164 : 1
9.Straight Flush A “Straight Flush” is a combination of a Flush and a Straight, with all five cards in consecutive order and from the same suit (e.g. 4♥, 5♥, 6♥, 7♥, 8♥). Poker Straight Flush Hand Explained 0.00139% 72,192 : 1
10.Royal Flush The “Royal Flush” is the exact same as a Straight Flush, but goes from the 10 to the A, so it’s the highest possible straight flush (e.g. 10♣, J♣, Q♣, K♣, A♣). Following the standard rules it’s the best possible hand you can have in online poker. Poker Royal Flush Hand Explained 0.000154% 649,739 : 1

What’s The Basic Online Poker Format?

If you want to learn how to play online poker, you got to know the basics. Just like regular poker, online poker uses a 52 card deck and you usually have between 2-10 players at a single table. At GGPoker, we have up to 6 players at each table.

To begin the betting, the player immediately to the left of the dealer posts a compulsory “Small Blind”, bet and the player immediately after them posts the compulsory “Big Blind”. At GGPoker, you’ll see how much these blinds are on the list of tables before you enter them.

The Small Blind is half of the Big Blind (e.g. $0.05/$0.10, $1/$2, $10/$20 and so on). The Big Blind also acts as the minimum bet you can make at the table.

Positions On The Poker Table - Big Blind, Small Blind & Dealer Explained

The Pre-Flop

The dealer deals everyone either 2 (if you’re playing Texas Hold’em) or 4 (if you’re playing Omaha poker) Hole Cards, starting on the dealer’s left. The betting starts with the player immediately to the left of the Big Blind, and they have 3 choices:

  1. Check: Basically do nothing and pass the bet onto the next player. But if another player bets, the betting will come back to you and you’ll have to choose to call, raise or fold
  2. Fold: Give up the hand without betting anything.
  3. Raise: This is no-limit poker, so they can choose to bet anything from the Big Blind amount up to their total amount of chips (All-In)
Pre-Flop Texas Hold’em
Texas Holdem - The Pre-Flop
Pre-Flop Omaha
Omaha - The Pre-Flop

If the player decides to bet a certain amount, the rest of the players have 3 options:

  1. Call: Put the same amount of the raise into the pot
  2. Fold: Give up the hand (including any chips they already put into the pot)
  3. Raising: Putting even more chips into the pot. The raise must be more than the Big Blind of the table

Your Options At The Pool Table - Check, Bet, Raise, Call, All-in or Fold

This continues until everyone has checked or called (or if everyone folds and the last remaining player claims the pot).

The Flop

Once everyone has called the dealer puts three cards face-up on the table. This is called The Flop. These are the Community Cards that everyone on the table uses. Using your Hole Cards, you must combine these to make the best hand possible.

The Flop Texas Hold’em
Texas Holdem - The Pre-Flop
The Flop Omaha
Omaha - The Pre-Flop

The Turn

Just like before, everyone left in the hand gets the chance to check, raise or fold. When all players have checked or called, the dealer then issues a fourth card called The Turn (as long as there are still players left in the hand).

The Turn Texas Hold’em
Texas Holdem - The Pre-Flop
The Turn Omaha
Omaha - The Pre-Flop

The River

Again, everyone gets the chance  to check, raise or fold before a final fifth card is dealt called The River. One final time everyone gets to check, raise or fold. If there is still players left after the final round of betting, you now have a situation called The Showdown. Here, the remaining players expose their hand to determine the winner and take the pot.

The River Texas Hold’em
Texas Holdem - The Pre-Flop
The River Omaha
Omaha - The Pre-Flop

The Showdown

If there is still players left after the final round of betting, you now have a situation called The Showdown. Here, the remaining players expose their hand to determine the winner and take the pot.

The Showdown Texas Hold’em
Texas Holdem - The Pre-Flop
The Showdown Omaha
Omaha - The Pre-Flop

Although it doesn’t take long to learn, poker takes years to master. But a GGPoker you’ll always enjoy the thrill. We’ve unique in-game features you won’t find anywhere else. Download our poker app available for Android, iOS, Desktop & Mac today and get playing poker online today.