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Poker is a game whose rules can be learned in a few minutes while refining your own style of play can take a lifetime. This article presents the basic principles and goals of the game that beginners should learn about poker matches.

How to Play Poker – What are the goals of the poker game?

The success that applies in the game at poker tables is measured in chips or in cash. Though luck can play a significant role in the short term, the beauty of poker is that great players always make a profit in the long run. If you want to get rival tokens, you have to fulfil one of two conditions.

First, maybe you can get the best hand at the end of the betting – the hierarchy of poker card layouts is discussed in our article titled What is the hierarchy of poker chips?

Secondly, you may be able to get your rivals folded before the round of betting ends, then you will earn money before the end of the hand after the last rival in the hand has passed his cards.

Before the cards are dealt: One of the players is assigned to the dealer (it is determined by placing a special ‘token’ on the table), and the two players sitting to the left of the dealer bring a certain amount of bets to the pot. These bets are referred to as ‘blinds’ and before the start of betting in each hand, they form the initial value of the pot.

The second player on the left of the dealer is called the ‘big blind’ and is obliged to bring one bet to the pot, while the player sitting next to the dealer is referred to as the ‘small blind’ and is required to enter the bet half of the bet placed by the player in the ‘big blind’ position.

Handing out cards: Each player receives 2 cards, they are called ‘hidden cards’, and their values are visible only to the players who receive them.

The first round of betting: Starting from the player on the left to the player in the big blind position, each player must decide whether to raise the bet, check the bet made by the predecessor (by placing a bet with the same value as the big blind bet or the last bet raise) or fold his cards .


Players play clockwise, each player must place a bet in the pot to continue the game, the value of which is at least equal to the last placed bet or the most recent raise. The auction ends after every player has made a bet – the exact value of the bets that can be bet is different in individual games and they were discussed in an article devoted to the structures of No-Limit betting.


 

Common cards: Texas Holdem is a game in which there are so-called ‘community cards’, in the hand, there are a total of 5 community cards. They are lined up with values in the center of the table during each hand. The players’ task is to get the best 5-card poker combination, made of 2 hidden cards and 5 community cards – see the part of the article entitled ‘discovery of cards’.

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Flop round:  After the first round of betting, three of the 5 community cards are tied up on the table’s top. On the basis of their value, players try to determine the likely value of the hands they can get in this hand.  The second round of betting follows – this time the player on the left side of the dealer plays first. At this stage of the game, it is also possible to ‘wait’, this is a bet not to make the bet and return the order of play to the next player. This round of betting ends with the moment when the last bet is checked, when all but one player passes or when all the players have decided to ‘wait’ at this stage of the game.

Turn round: Another community card is tied in the middle of the table, it is called ‘turn’ card. After its appearance, the next round of betting takes place.

Runda river: The last community card is referred to as the ‘river’ card, its appearance means the start of the last round of betting. Showdown: If the game is continued by more than one person in a hand after the river round, then players are required to show their own cards to determine the winner on this basis.

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The pot will be won by the person who has the best 5-card hand. It can consist of any combination of two player cards along with community cards on the table. If after revealing the last fifth community card it turns out that both players have obtained the best hand that can be made from available cards, then the pool is divided. The most popular card combinations are 1 hidden card plus 4 community cards or 2 hidden cards plus 3 community cards.

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