A Beginner’s Guide to Poker


Poker is a great game for anyone to play and it’s not difficult to pick up. It’s also got a perfect balance of luck and skill that makes it suitable for players of all skill levels.

Learn the Rules

Before you start playing poker, it’s important to know the basic rules of the game. You can find the rules of most common poker variations online, or ask your friends for advice.

The First Round

During the first round, each player has to place their ante (the small bet that you put in before you see your hand). Once everyone’s ante is in the pot the dealer will deal two cards to each of the players, keeping them secret from the rest of the players.

The Flop

After the first betting round has completed, the dealer deals three cards face-up on the board that all players can use. Once this is done, everyone gets a chance to bet, check or fold.

The Turn

After that, the dealer puts another card on the table that all players can use. Once that’s done, the dealer draws a fifth card and all players have a final opportunity to bet or fold their hands.

The River

After the flop, turn and river have been completed, the dealer reveals their cards and the person with the best hand wins the pot. If there is a tie, the players split it.