Poker Games

Poker is an incredibly fun and enjoyable card game to play played between two and up to as many as ten players. Almost every poker game has some element of luck and skill involved, and the players must show skills including calculations of outs, odds, probability, risk management, as well as emotional restraint if they are to be winners in the game and profit in the long run.

Luck does play a role in the short term, but in the long term the more skilled players will make the most money. The deciding skill factors in poker will determine success or failure once a player has played enough hands to overcome the variance (luck) of any game.

But winning poker players know they have to manage their money properly in order to reduce the risk of going broke. If you can’t stay in the game, there goes any potential profit you could have made if there was a soft game.

Poker is divided into several types all of which are played in online poker rooms and live card rooms around the globe. They include texas hold’em, omaha, seven-card stud, five-card draw, lowball draw, seven-card lowball, razz, mixed poker games, and many more.

It should go without saying the first and most important thing that you need to grasp before participating in any poker games is understanding the basic rules of the game you want to play. The vast majority of poker game rules, including what you need to make the best hand, and the different betting options are universal and played with a standard poker deck of 52-cards.

Before getting started in any poker games, make sure that you don’t fall into the trap of diving straight into it without knowing any of the rules simply because it looks like a fun thing to do. Because the chances are that excitement will quickly fade after you misplay a hand not understanding exactly how the game was played.

Below you can find information about the blinds and the different betting options available to players for most poker games, but for getting further information about any specific poker game you need to check out the specific poker game pages:

The Blinds and the Dealer Button

In every poker game played with blinds there must always be a small blind and big blind that is posted by the 2 players seated immediately to the left of the dealer. According to the basic rules of poker, in a $1/$2 no limit hold’em game, the player in the small blind would post a $1 blind, and the player in the big blind would have to post a $2 blind.

After each poker game the “dealer button” would move to the next player and follow around the table in a clockwise manner, so the small and big blind will move with it to make the game fair for all the players. Some poker games will also have antes. In ante games every player is required to place a small bet in the pot prior to the cards being dealt at the start of each new hand.

Actually, you do not need to be concerned about this when playing real money online poker, as the software client will automatically do all this for you. The dealer is marked with the letter D placed in front of him. After the blinds bets have been placed, each player will receive a number of cards as per the rules of the specific game to start for the first round of betting.

Standard Betting Options in Poker Games

Money going around the table is fundamental to the game of poker and this is made possible through the 5 options to decide whether to continue in the hand or not.

Fold: Muck and wait for the next hand.

Check: When no one bet/raise before you, you can check. This means that you do not want to spend any more chips and stay involved in the hand.

Call: This means that you will have to invest some chips by matching the previous bet if you want to continue.

Bet: When no one bet before you, and you want to bet some chips to force others to call or abandon the hand (fold).

Raise: This means that you will bet an amount that is larger than the previous bet. This action aims to put pressure on the other players still in the hand.

The Different Rounds of Betting

The number of betting rounds depends on the poker game being played. In community card poker games there is a flop, turn, and river, with betting that takes place after the cards are dealt and after the flop. The betting structure of a poker game (fixed limit, pot limit, no limit) is a more significant factor when playing since it dictates how much a player can bet during any round of betting.

The Showdown

If the action reaches the final round of betting and all bets and raises are called by the players left in the poker game there is a showdown and all remaining players must show their hands to determine the winner.