Popular Card Games: Learning the Basics of Poker

Are you bored of the common board games? Why do popular establishments, like casinos, draw crowds? It’s not due to board games. Some games are boring, yet others such as poker, are much more exciting. How much do you know about poker, a game warranting clubs, weekly gatherings, and multi-million gambling establishments?

Poker is enjoyed by many, and the number of those learning is rising. Here is a rundown of some things a novice needs to know before playing.

Popular Card Games - Learning the Basics of Poker

Multiple Styles

Have you ever played a game with someone from a different area or background, realizing their version varies from your own? There are many styles and varieties of poker playing.
Variations of particular poker games include:

– Five-card stud
– Texas hold ‘em
– H.O.R.S.E. poker
– S.H.O.E. poker

Each has idiosyncratic rules and dimensions. Explore the varieties; you may find you prefer some over others.
Betting

While varieties of poker exist, betting is mostly uniform across versions. To begin, since poker is a gambler’s pursuit, those who want to play must pay an ante. Next, after all players are dealt a round of cards, players must ‘call.’ A call warrants accounting for the difference between the last time a player has thrown money in the pot. One must address the call to continue playing.

Furthermore, one may ‘raise’ a round, making everyone pay more to stay in the game. ‘Raising’ occurs until someone folds or remaining players call. Folding means, despite playing up to that point, a player decides to quit that particular game.

Best Hands

The object of the game is to (ultimately) gather a better hand than one’s opponents. It’s necessary to understand some of the best hands existing in the game. For example, the very best hand conceivable is a ‘five of a kind,’ only achieved with a ‘wild card’ or card adopting the value of any other. The very best five of a kind would be holding four aces with a wild card serving as the fifth.

A ‘flush’ is the next-best hand, meaning one is holding cards in a sequence (2,3,4,5,6 for example). A flush is better when all of the cards are of the same suit, and the best flush is a royal one (when holding ace, king, queen, etc.).

Psychology

While it’s impossible to ‘cheat’ in poker, some people have been known to count cards or apply ‘extra’ perception when playing, observing triggers or telltale signs from opponents.

For example, some believe a shaky hand signals confidence rather than nervousness. Additionally, those who dealt good secondary cards may take a second look at the amount of money in the pot, understanding their odds have now improved.

Furthermore, those holding a lesser rather than greater hand will (more often) try to stare down or intimidate their opponents, attempting to influence the outcome the best they can. Otherwise, those holding a quality hand will be less concerned with the actions of others, estimating the pot will be theirs in the end.

Poker is a popular pastime for professional, amateur, and completely novice players the world over. Some believe ability comes along with time invested playing. Do you have upcoming plans? Invite some of your friends over; this time, you’ll have more to offer than traditional ‘bored’ games.

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