How To Play Poker A Complete Guide For 2021

How To Play Poker: A Complete Guide for 2021

Imagine you’re sitting with your friend having a nice weekend full of fun & laughing. Suddenly, one of your friends shouts “hey guys! Let’s play poker” and that makes you completely clueless. In a few seconds, a question pops out in your mind that “God! I don’t know How To Play Poker”. I guess you don’t want to be that guy. Right?

Don’t worry! I am here to rescue you from that embarrassment. So, Let’s Stop being a party pooper and Learn “How To Play Poker”.



Definition of Poker or What is Poker

In a Lay Man Language, “Poker is a card game in which players Bet on The Value of Their Cards which has been derived Mathematically”.

Poker may be 100% a game of Skills if you’re playing for a long time. However, there is also an element of luck, If you’re new to this game. Pro Poker Players medicate the Luck factor by continuously making Mathematical Superior Decisions & that’s how the pro poker player wins in a Long Run.

Basics for How to Play Poker


Ranking of cards

There 52 Cards in a Standard Deck & there are 13 Ranks of the cards. Let’s begin with the ranking of cards or say the order of cards. There are 13 Ranks in Card. Let’s Decode these Ranking. (High to Low)


1. Ace

2. King

3. Queen

4. Jack

5. 10

6. 9

7. 8

8. 7

9. 6

10. 5

11. 4

12. 3

13. 2


Suits of Cards:




1. Club

2. Diamond

3. Spades

4. Hearts


So, there are 13 ranks and 4 Suits of cards If You Multiply 13 ranks with 4 Suits, i.e. 13 * 4 = 52 Which is the no. of total cards in a Deck.


Hand Ranking :


Hand ranking is basically the ranking of the Sequences you are making. The hand Ranking helps you to understand which Hand is Superior. Let’s Discuss the Hand Ranking according to their Rank (High to Low)


Royal Flush:


Five highest possible cards of the same suit in a sequence of A K Q J 10


Straight Flush:


Any Five Cards of the same suit in numerical order for example 6 7 8 9 10 of Spades


Four of a Kind:


Four cards of Equal Rank And the Fifth card can be a kicker of any value for Example K of hearts K of Spades K of diamond K of Club and 2.


Full House:


Three cards of the same rank with any two cards of another same rank of any suit.


Flush:


Any five cards of the same Suit.


Straight:



Five cards in a numeric order of any suits.


Three of a kind:


Three cards of the Same Rank and 2 unrelated cards.


Two Pair:


Two Different pairs and 1 unrelated card .


Pair:


Two cards of the same Rank and three unrelated cards.


High Card:


When comparing two such types of hands, the hand with the best possible high cards wins.



On Table Actions :


1. Bet: The term “Bet” used when you Start the Bet.

2. Check: The term “ Check” used when you are not sure whether you bet or not so you pass it on to the Next player.

3. Call: The term “Call” used when you want to bet the amount going on in the round.

4. Fold: When you have a weak hand and don’t want to play further Note* if you fold you surrender the round and the money you have put in the pot

5. Raise: You say “Raise” when you want to increase the bet going on the table.


Betting Rounds in Poker:


Pre-Flop:

After card dealing, the first betting round begins. In this round, the first one to act will be Under the Gun (UTG) who sit in the immediate left to the big blind. He is the first one to make the move i.e. Call the big blind, Fold his card or Raise, one the basis of the strength of his cards in hand.

Note* Don’t get confused in the position and the first one to Act. According to the position the first card is dealt with the small blind. In Pre-flop betting round, the first one to act is Under the Gun because it is a Compulsory for small and big blind to bet. The blinds don’t have any option in this round to make any move.


Flop:

After the Pre-Flop, 3 community cards are dealt face-up on the table and then the betting round begins. In, this round everyone can make the move.


One more card is dealt face-up on the table and the Turn round of betting begins.


River:

In this round, the final community card is dealt face-up on the table and the final round of betting begins.


*Note: The round will be completed when everyone Matches the highest bet or match the amount in the pot.
At showdown, all active player reveal their cards and the best five-card combination wins the pot.



Positions of the Player and their Role:

A standard poker game is usually played with 6 players and there is a defined position for all the players. Let’s discuss the position of the player in the Exact order:




Small blind:

The Small Blind is the First person to Act in the game. In layman’s language, a small blind will start the round on the table. The small Blind is forced to make the bet, it’s compulsory for him.


Big Blind:

The Player sitting in the immediate left of the Small Blind is named The Big Blind. The Big Blind is forced to make the bet which will be double the amount of Small blind. That is why we call him Big Blind.


The player sitting in the immediate left of the Big Blind called Under the Gun. The Under The Gun (UTG) is the one who is under the pressure in the Flop Round because he is the one who is going to make the first move in this round and he doesn’t know about the other player’s strategies.

Note* If you’re playing with 9 Players i.e. Full Table then there are the following players in the immediate left to the UTG i.e. UTG+1 and UTG+2.


High Jack:

The player sitting in the immediate left to the UTG and the second right to the Dealer is Called High Jack. This is the second-best position on the Table because The High Jack has the benefits act according to the strategy of the UTG as he has to act after The UTG.


Cut-off:

The Player sitting in the middle of Dealer and High Jack is known as Cut-off. This position is the best position on the poker table. This is the best position because he is the last one to act and he can act according to the strategy of every player. This Player knows about every player’s move and what they’re doing in the round. So, he can act with the best strategy possible.


Dealer Button:

The Dealer Button is the position where the game starts. It is a pointer or a marker that indicates the player from where the cards are dealt. This is the most advantageous Position on the Poker Table because he knows about each and every player’s move. He has the best opportunity to bluff, He can put the best bet according to every player’s Move, He can Influence the Pot according to the value of his Card, and obviously, he has more information than any other player. Hence, due to these advantages Dealer is the best position on The Poker Table.


The Gameplay of Poker:

The Game starts with the dealing of cards. The first card is dealt with the Small blind and the last one to get the card is Dealer. After that, the Pre flop round Begins.


The Pre-Flop Round:

The first round of the game is Pre-Flop. In this Round, the betting begins. Small and Big blinds have the compulsory bet, where they have to make the bet and there is no choice for them. The last one to act is the Dealer.


Flop Round:

The second round after the Pre-Flop is the Flop Round. In this round, 3 Cards are dealt on the table Face-Up and after that, the betting begins. Players bets on the basis of the best possible sequence or the value of their card in hand.


Turn Round:

The Third Round of the game is the Turn Round. In this round, One more Card is delt on the table face-up and the betting round begins.


River Round:

The final round of the game is River. In this round, the Last card is dealt on the table Face-up and the betting round begins. In this round all the cards are dealt. So, the players make the final move on the basis of the best possible sequences or the value of the card they can make.

**Notes:

1. Only in Pre-Flop round, the blinds have the compulsory bet. After the Pre-Flop or say in the Flop round onwards the blinds can make their move (Call the bet, Raise the bet, Fold the cards).
2. To complete a round every player, have to match the equal value of the pot.
3. Players bet on the basis of the value of their cards or the best possible sequence they can make according to the Hand Ranking.

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