Poker Rules – How to Play Poker

Posted on: August 1, 2015

Poker is perhaps the most played card game, with it sprawling out of local casinos, and into different media, both with real money or just for fun- be it in online poker games to mobile apps and mini-games in other otherwise non-gambling video games. You see it in TV shows and movies, or even in small gathering of friends or family.

What is poker?
Poker is a game played on a deck of 52 cards, and have been played as early as the 16th century. Different poker games vary in the number of cards dealt, the hand rankings used, the number of hidden and shared cards available, the number of rounds of betting offered and the betting procedures followed. The winner of each hand of poker is usually the player that holds the best ranking hands after all cards have been shown, or the player that makes the last uncalled bet.

There are different types of poker available, but we’ll focus on the below variations:

  • Omaha Hi- Lo
  • Texas Hold’em
  • Black Jack
  • EZ Baccarat
  • Pai Gow Poker

Poker games usually feature a forced bet; this forced bet composes the starting pot in any given hand of poker and serves as the first motivation for players to win the hand. Action proceeding from the consecutive rounds of betting increases the size of the pot.

After the original cards are dealt, players are typically called upon to act in turn, moving clockwise around the table. When it’s a player’s turn to ask, he or she can take one of the following actions:

  • Check – Players can only check when there is no bet during the current round. If all players check, the round is complete.
  • Bet – A player can bet if no other players have bet during the current round.
  • Fold – Players who fold lose their cards and cannot win or act during the current hand.
  • Call – Calling requires the player to match the highest bet made. A player can call if other players have a bet during the round.
  • Raise – Rising requires the player to match the highest bet made and make a consecutive bet.
  • Hidden and visible cards can be dealt to players after each betting around has finished.

When the last bet or raise has been called during the last round of betting, the showdown occurs. This means that the remaining players must declare their hands, and the player or players with the best ranking hand or hands win the pot.

Players show their hands in order and multiple players can share a single pot by dividing it in different ways depending on the game rules and ranking.

Poker hands consist of five cards. There are different card combinations that make up the different poker game hand ranking, visit us at Capitol Casino for more information.

There are different types of poker betting limits. The types of limits are: no limit, pot limit, fixed limit, or spread limit.

  • No Limit –  poker games with a no limit design allow players to bet or raise by any amount, including their full rack during the betting round.
  • Pot Limit – games with a pot limit structure allow players to bet or raise by any amount up to and including the size of the total pot at the time.
  • Fixed Limit – Fixed limit amounts are set before each betting round. Each player can choose to call, bet or raise, but only by the fixed amount.
  • Spread Limit – Each player can bet or raise any amount within a specific range.

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