What is Poker?
Poker is an exhilarating competitive card game with a long tradition and heritage. Poker is best played with at least three players. Bets are represented by tokens known as chips, with different colors denoting different values.
Introduction to the Rules of Poker
Texas Hold’em Poker is the most popular variant, but there are many more. In Texas Hold’em, two cards are dealt to each player and three community cards are dealt face up. All players combine community cards with their cards to make their hand. Bets are placed, then another card is dealt, followed by another round of bets and a final community card. The best hand is a Royal Flush (Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten all of the same suit). Other runs, pairs, and three- and four-of-a-kind can all be good hands too, depending on the other players’ cards. A lot depends on chance, but skill comes into play when trying to suss out your opponents’ cards to decide how much to bet or whether to fold (give up). Details of these rules and other poker rules (e.g. Omaha Rules, Seven Card Stud, Royal Holdem) can be found online.
Playing Poker Online Versus Face-to-Face
When playing online poker you may have little or no idea who your opponents are, and you can’t read their body language and facial expressions like you can when playing face-to-face. This may make online poker more difficult, but can also add extra excitement to your game. Many websites offer free-to-play poker games, which can be great fun, or a good way to practice and gain confidence before playing for real money.