The Basics of Poker


When playing poker, you almost always use poker chips, and if you have more than seven players, you should supply them. Chips come in many colors and value ranges: whites are worth five, reds are worth ten, blues are worth two, four, and five, and blacks are worth ten or twenty. In most games, players “buy in” by purchasing chips of the same value. In other words, the more players you have in a game, the better.

Variations of poker

There are many varieties of poker. Five card stud, for example, is a simple and quick variant. A player is dealt five cards and the dealer gets one face-down card. The hands are revealed one at a time, and the player with the best five-card combination wins the pot. The rules of seven card stud are similar to those of traditional poker, but the only difference is the number of cards in the deck.

Rules of the game

The rules of poker are quite simple: showdowns always start with the player who made the last aggressive action showing his cards first. In other words, if you bet on the river, you have to show your cards before your opponent does. This basic rule was introduced to avoid ego battles and unnecessary discussion. However, it does not mean that showing your hand is unethical. The player who is holding the best hand is still entitled to make a call, which is called a “spot” bet.

Rank of cards in poker

Rank of cards in poker is a basic poker strategy. The higher the number of cards in a hand, the higher its rank. In standard poker in North America, the suits of the cards don’t matter. Each hand has five cards total, and higher valued cards beat lower valued ones. Listed below are the different types of poker hands and their ranks. Also, see what the ranking of cards means in different poker games.

Tie hands in poker

In poker, tie hands occur when two players have the same five-card combination. For example, both players might have a pair of sevens, but one of them has a lower pair, and vice versa. Certain board textures also increase the likelihood of a tie. Despite the risk, a player can break a tie by improving his hand. The next card dealt into the deck serves as the tiebreaker. In many poker games, tie hands can be the most frustrating situation.

Limits in pot-limit tournaments

One of the most important things to consider when playing Limit Hold’em is the amount of pot-limit money you’re willing to bet. In pot-limit tournaments, the amount of money that you can bet is always listed as two dollar figures. This means that you have to buy-in for at least ten times that amount or $100. Limit hold’em can be frustrating when your top pair gets beaten by garbage on the turn or two pair. However, if you’re playing carefully and putting the right amount of money into each hand, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.