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Beginners guide to poker - part two

This article is a continuation of my poker guide, in order to see part one please view my author bio where there is a list of all my articles. In the first article we established the value of each hand in poker. In this article we will establish how to get started playing poker.

The objective

The objective of poker is pretty straight forward – it is to win the pot. The pot is the money that accumulates as players who remain in the game keep raising their bets. In most variants of poker the player with the highest hand wins and there are two ways to win: holding the highest hand at the end of the game, or by bluffing your opponents into folding and subsequently taking the pot.

Getting started

The game starts with a shuffle and cut of the deck. Now each player is required to ante, which is basically placing a small amount of money, usually a percentage of the minimum bet, into the pot. Poker is played with colour chips, the colours denoting different amounts. Before the game, players should decide on a betting limit. This keeps the game friendly and prevents people from gambling their cars or worse their homes.

Once each player has put in an ante the game can begin. The dealer deals clockwise and starts with the leftmost player, cards are dealt face down and one at a time for example when three players: player one receives his first card, then player two receives his first card, then player three receives his first card, player one receives his second card, then player two receives his second card and so on.

Each player looks at their cards and usually the player left of the dealer starts. Players now have several options:

Open: If no betting occurs you can open the pot by making the first bet

Check:  The check opportunity only occurs if no player has opened the betting. It means you do not want to open betting but at the same time do not want to quit.

Now let us imagine the next player opened betting, you now have three choices:

See: When you "see" another player you match the amount they put in.

Raise: To raise you need to put in the "see" amount plus an additional amount. In other words you increase the bet further.

Fold: To fold means not bother carrying on, you place your cards face down on the table and lose when you have put in.

Betting continues and depending on the variant of poker you are playing more cards are revealed, and further rounds of betting are carried out, at the end the player with the strongest hand wins.  If the hands are equal the pot is split between them.

You should now have a better understanding of the basics of poker. You now need to decide what variant you wish to play and learn more about that particular game play. Remember the winning hands hierarchy is always the samePsychology Articles, as is the terminology you have learned above.  Good luck in your poker playing future.

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