If you’re going to learn one just one poker game you should make it No-Limit Texas Hold’em. It’s one of the easiest poker games to learn how to play but it’s also fun, challenging and rewarding.
No-Limit Holdem is also (by far) the most popular poker game in the world so you won’t have a hard time finding people to play with.
HOW TO PLAY POKER FOR BEGINNERS
No-Limit Hold’em uses a standard 52-card deck even when played online. It can be played by anywhere from 2-10 players at a single table. If you have enough tables and space you can actually play with thousands of players at one time in a poker tournament format.
Here’s how a basic poker game works:
The dealer deals everyone two cards starting with the player on his left and ending on himself/herself. The player on the dealer’s left is the first player to act and they have a choice to:
- Bet (this is No-Limit Hold’em so they can bet ANY amount they want)
- Check (doing nothing basically).
If anyone decides to bet then the rest of the players have the option to:
- Call (Match the amount of the raise into the pot)
- Fold (Give up the hand and all the chips they’ve already put in the pot)
- Raise (Put even more chips into the pot)
This continues until everyone has called or all the chips are in the middle.
Once the first betting round in complete the dealer deals three cards face-up on the board. These are community cards that anyone can use. This is called the flop.
Once again everyone still in the hand gets a chance to bet and consequently raise or fold. Once that betting round is complete he dealer puts a fourth card on the table that anyone can use. This is called the turn.
Again everyone gets the chance to bet/check/raise/fold. The dealer puts a fifth card on the board that anyone can use. This is called the river. For the final time everyone gets a chance to bet/check/raise/fold.
If more than one player is still left in the hand after the final betting hand the cards are exposed and the player with the highest ranked hand wins the pot.