Abstract: Poker has been always a game of parties and gathering. The sport is gaining a lot of traction among Indian youth with the introduction of top online poker websites and the inclusion of the game in festivals and get-togethers. Here is the ultimate guide for you to get started on playing players if you have been thinking for long to give it a try.
1. Things you need to get started
To play the game of poker, you are going to need:
Deck of Cards
Note: You may need more than one deck if you are playing with a lot of people. Offline poker is a little different from online poker in the sense that it is easy to sense your opponents’s next move if you are skilled enough.
At least 3 friends, if you are playing for money; if not, it is possible to play by yourself, but not very fun. 1 friend should do, but the more, the merrier.
Optional: Money, if you are betting.
2. Poker Jargon
There are many technical terms related to the game of poker but here we are listing the most used of them below:
Ante – the first, usually small, amount of money put up in a game, all players must put it up if they wish to be dealt in.
Fold – to get out of a hand. You just throw your cards away, and that’s it. You can do this at any point in the game.
Check – Not always possible, but if it is, and you don’t have a good hand, you can get by another round for free (you don’t have to bet)
Call – if someone bets, you can say the call to put up the same amount as him and go to the next round.
Raise – If someone bets an amount, and you think you have an outstanding hand, you can put up as much as he did, and then some.
Capped betting – This means you can’t bet anymore, you can only call. This happens after about 4 raises, or when the limit is met.
Bluff – This is when a player doesn’t have a very good hand, but bets like crazy so it seems like he does. Be warned – This does not always work!!! Some people work of this when they DO have a good hand but want
3. Poker Hands
Here is the list of poker hand rankings. We have made separate article about it. You can read about it here in detail:
Here are the hands, ranging from worst to best:
Nothing: If every player has nothing, then the player with the highest card wins
Pair: Like two 2s, two 5s, two Aces, etc
Two Pair: Like having a pair of 2s and a pair of 7s
Three of a Kind: Like three 6s, etc
Straight: all of your cards are in order, like 3-4-5-6-7 Note: Aces can be play high or low
Flush: all of your cards are of the same suit, like all hearts
Full House: like three 8s and two, you would say, 8s full of
Four of a Kind: Like four 5s, four Aces (ideal!)
Straight Flush: a combination of a straight and a flush, so, like, 7-8-9-10-J, all of the clubs
Royal Flush: A-K-Q-J-10 all of the same suit, this is the hardest hand to get in regular poker
When playing with wild cards, 5 of a kind would be the highest-ranking hand.
When two hands come up, it is whoever has the highest numbered card, but not when the hands are full houses.
4. Online Poker
Online Poker in India is gaining a lot of traction since recent times as people are getting started to get the hold of the game and the thrill behind it. Websites like Spartan Poker and PokerBaazi, two of the most visited poker websites are leveling up their game to provide the best experience to players.
Poker can be very fun and very challenging. It takes great brain power, great strategy, and a lot of luck. It can be a fun game played monthly amongst your friends with dimes and quarters and the like, or in a casino with the small blind being $1000. All I really have to say is, don’t blow all your money on gambling, you most likely will NOT win. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, you or your friend should go to Gamblers Anonymous.