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An Introduction to Poker

Posted: Monday, June 07, 2010 by Casino.Net
Related: How to play
This is the first article in our Poker for Beginners series. If you are interested in learning to play Poker, check back regularly as new articles will be published here.
Over the course of its history, poker has spawned several incarnations. Each new game shares the same basic premise, but differs slightly in how the game is played. Anyone wanting to play poker in an online casino needs to make sure they know the particular game they're playing.

    The most popular varieties of poker are:
  • Texas Hold'Em
  • 7 Card Stud
  • 5 Card Stud
  • 5 Card Draw
  • Soko
  • Omaha HiLo
  • Omaha High

Most poker games are usually played with between 2 and 10 players sat around a table. Cards will be dealt either face up or down, depending on the game. The idea is for each player to make the best possible hand with the cards they are allowed to use. There is a strict ranking system which dictates how a hand is scored, which you need to learn in order to play properly. It's this system which decides who wins the hand.

During each round, you have to make a bet and put it in the pot. The amount of that bet depends on the strength of your hand, or how strong you want the other players to think your hand is. Most games use a blind bet, or ante. A blind bet is where players have to make a bet, or part of a bet before they get a card. An ante is like a fee for staying in the hand.

During the rounds, you can bet, call, raise, check or fold. Bet is putting money into the pot in a round, call is to match the previous bet, raise is to increase that previous bet, check is to miss a bet, and fold is to give up that particular hand.

If you raise bet or raise and nobody calls, you win and the round is over. If there are two or more players still in at the end of the round they reveal their hands. The player with the highest hand wins the pot.

Look out for our next article in this series for Poker beginners called: Poker Tips for Beginners.

Wishing you a lot of luck and loads of fun!

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