How to Play Poker – Basic Rules of Poker


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By Aditya Pathak Whats New | Updated On: May 11, 2023 01:19 PM


Over the years, the online poker industry has seen an immense boom making it one of the most popular card games in the world. Considering there are so many different types of poker, it can seem daunting to the player who is just starting.

Poker is a game of skill, and every game of skills requires players to follow some basic rules. In this article, we will explore how to play poker and what are the basic rules of poker. 

Poker is a popular card game that involves betting and individual play, with the objective of winning chips or money from other players depending on the strength of your hand. 

How to Play Texas Holdem Poker?

Texas Hold’em is a popular variant of poker played using a standard deck of 52 cards. The game involves two cards being dealt face down to each player, followed by a round of betting. Next, three community cards are dealt face up (the flop), followed by another round of betting, i.e, the second round of betting, and then a fourth community card is shown (the turn), which leads to another round of betting, and finally a fifth community card (the river), followed by a final round of betting. The goal of the game is to make the best five-card hand possible using any combination of the two cards in your hand and the five community cards on the board.

Here are the 8 Basic Rules of Poker

  1. A standard game of poker can be played with 2 to 10 players using a deck of 52 cards, and the ranking of the cards from high to low is as follows: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
  2. While creating a pot for players to win, a small blind and a big blind are posted by the two players to the left of the dealer or a single ante may be displayed by all players. The small blind is typically half the amount of the big blind, and the big blind sets the minimum betting amount for each round.
  3. Dealing the cards: The dealer deals two cards face down to each player, known as their “hole cards”
  4. The betting round: Starting with the player to the left of the big blind, players take turns to either call (match the amount of the big blind), raise (increase the amount of the bet), or fold (give up their hand and exit the round)
  5. The flop: The dealer then deals three community cards face up in the middle of the table, known as the “flop.” All players can use these cards to make the best possible five-card hand
  6. The turn: The dealer deals a fourth community card, known as the “turn”
  7. The river: The dealer then trades a fifth and final community card, known as the “river”
  8. Showdown: If there are two or more playing remaining at the table after the final round, a showdown takes place among them, and this showdown is led to the winning of the pot by the player who has the best five-card hand

These are the basic rules of poker, but there are many different variations of the game, such as Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Seven Card Stud, and Razz, each with its own unique set of rules, strategies, and tips.

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4 Simple Strategies & Tips for Poker Game

  1. Keep your base strong, meaning choose the right set of beginning hands. Beginning with pocket aces might be the best-starting hand in poker online or offline
  2. In India, Texas Hold’em is the type of poker played. It is essential to focus on accurate judgments and the basic concepts of mathematics in order to have a better understanding of calculations and also comprehend the wagers you are against
  3. Reading and analyzing the opponent’s poker strategy in order to make a fair move
  4. Good knows should know how to bluff in order to make a leading wager in the game

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FAQ About How to Play Poker

What is poker, and how to play basic poker?

A game of poker is played using a standard deck of 52 cards. Poker cards are a popular card game that involves strategy. The players should be well aware of the strategy on how to fold, how to bet, and when to call.

Is poker a skill or luck? 
Poker is a skill-based game that requires patience, hours of practice, and in order to hone your skills. Several skilled players consistently make profitable decisions based on their game understanding. 

How do you play basic poker for beginners?

As beginners, it is important to understand the hand rankings, learn the poker rules, and know how to place a predetermined amount of money or chips in the pot and place the bets, fold, draw, and hold.

Is it legal to play poker in India?

Yes, as per the Gambling Act of 1867, Poker has been eliminated from the list of gambling games, making it a legal game to play in India.

Can you play poker for real money?

Yes, you can play poker for real money using a standard deck of 52 cards. While playing poker for real money, make sure to place a wager only if you are confident about your cards and have a clear idea about the opponent’s cards.

What are poker hands?

Poker hands are the combinations of cards that players hold in a game of poker. The ranking of these hands determines the winner of the game. Hands in poker are Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Two Pairs, One Pair, and High Card.

Can you play poker online with friends?

Yes, there are several online poker platforms where you can engage in playing poker with friends. 

How to win in a poker game?

In order to win in a poker game, the player needs to improve their set of poker skills, be well aware of poker rules and practice as much as possible using the free chips available. 

What are the rules for 5 card poker?

The 5 basic rules of poker start by dealing the cards, ante up, start the first betting round, move towards the draw phase, go for the second betting round, and finally, showdown.

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