Poker rules

September 14th, 2015

With the sophistication, strategy and excitement of poker, there are countless people out there who really want to play, but have simply never found the time to learn. Here’s a brief introduction to the most common type of poker: Texas Hold ’em.

 

At the start of the game, one player is marked as the designated dealer with a white chip or other token. This marker will move clock-wise to the next player at the start of each new hand. The two players to the dealer’s left post blind bets – a set amount of chips. The player directly to the dealer’s left posts the small blind, while the next player posts the big blind. Every player is then dealt two cards, which is their hand, sometimes known as their “hole” or “pocket cards”. The “action”, or turn, passes to the player to the left of whoever posted the big blind.

 

 

Having looked at their hand, this player now has two options: either post chips to match the big blind, or “fold”, throwing away their cards and sitting out of play until the next hand. Every player must match the big blind to stay in at this stage. After this the dealer will lay out five cards on the table – the first three at the same time (known as the “river”.) Each interval is followed by a round of betting, while players try to form the strongest possible hand with both their pocket cards and the cards on display.