Poker Game Rules - Play to Win

By: Gen Wright


A poker game is card game with very simple rules. Many players can play at the same time. In a modern casino, you may find different variations of the poker game, but each variation is very similar to the traditional game. If you wish to learn how to play this game well, there are two components you need to be good at.

The first component is the basic rules of the game. These are your fundamentals. In the actual game, a player has to decide (at every turn) whether to hit or fold. When a player decides to fold, then the game is lost and the player has no hope of recovering the money that he had placed on the table. The decision to hit means that there is still a chance that the current hand may out rank that of the dealer's.

What makes poker such and interesting and exciting game is that you never know what is going to happen until the very last minute. In a game, there is at least one card that is covered. That means no one knows the value of the card until the very last minute. The game is over when all 5 cards are dealt, and all remaining players must reveal their covered cards. The five cards determine the rank of the hand. In poker, the best hand that you can get is a royal flush.

A royal flush consists of cards that are in sequence. For example, 10, 11, 12, 13, and Ace make up 5 cards in sequence. That is called a straight. If you get 5 cards that are of the same color and pattern (e.g. 5 cards that are all spades), that is known as a flush. It is very rare that you get a straight and a flush in the same hand. But when you do, it's called a royal flush and a royal flush outrank all other hands.

Of course, the odds of getting a royal flush is very low. You can get four cards - 10, 11, 12, 13 and then miss out on an Ace. Because you have a chance of getting a royal flush and win everything on the table, you may be tempted to hit during every turn. You are betting that your last card is either a 9 or an Ace that is of the same color as your current hand. Otherwise, you lose.

The secret to playing poker well is not to overemphasis on the odds. Some poker players even go as far as punching numbers into poker calculators to help them make decisions. But the expert players know better.

You see, like many other games, poker is a game that requires both luck and skills. You can playing against other human players in the game. You don't have to have the best hand to win the game. Sometimes, you can "bluff" your way through by placing extremely high stakes. When you place high stakes, it's an indication that you may have a strong hand. That may or may not be true, but only you know the truth.

In a way, poker is also a game of psychology. Aim to understand human players well and you stand a better chance of winning in this game.

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