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Understanding the game of Poker
by Jim Moore

Poker is enjoying an unprecedented revival today. Poker involves players actually taking fully or partial concealed cards and making wagers on those cards. The money is held in in what is known as a central pot. The actual pot is then rewarded to the individual player or players that have the best combination of cards or the individual player who has made an uncalled bet.

You can also refer to poker as video poker, video poker is known as a single player game that is actually seen in casinos commonly like a type of slot machine or other types of games that actually use the rankings of poker hands.

When it comes to poker, you will find that it has many different variations in which each of them following the same actual pattern of play. The right to deal each individual hand normally rotates between the players and is known to be marked with what is referred to as a token which is called a dealer button or also a buck.

When you are playing poker in a casino, you will find that the cards are dealt by a house dealer; however the dealer button is rotated in a clockwise position between the players that are in the game in order to indicate a nominal dealer so that the order of betting can be determined.

It is also known that a single player or more than one player will be asked to make what are known as forced bets in order to create what is known as an initial stake in which the players will actually contest. The dealer will first shuffle the cards and then they will cut the cards and then deal the right amount of cards to each of the players at one particular time.

In some cases the cards will be dealt face down and there are times when the cards are dealt face up, it all really depends on the actual variant of the poker that is being played. The beginning of the betting rounds begins after the initial deal has taken place.

You will notice that between the individual rounds that the individual players hand will actually begin to develop in some type of way. This normally takes place by each player being dealt additional cards or actually replacing the cards that the player has already been dealt in the first place.

With poker there is a certain combination of cards or particularly hands that actually outrank other hands that a player may have that are based on the actual frequency in which the actual combinations appear.

However, the actual player that has the best hand of poker at the point of showdown is the player that wins the money pot. As with poker, the high hand rankings are also used in a different variety of other types of card games as well.

There are also some general rules that are known to apply to actually be able to evaluate the poker hands no matter what set of hand values are used. The individual cards are ranked as Ace high, King, Queen, Jack, and then ten through two and ace low. When it comes to suits, they have no value. A single hand always consists of five cards and the hands are also ranked by category first and then by the individual card ranks.

There are a variety of card hands that you can have. The first card hand that you can have is a straight flush, this hand consists of five cards that form a sequence and are the entire same suit as well. Then you can have four of a kind, which is also referred to as quads and is a poker hand where you have four cards that all have the same value and also one unmatched card that is not relevant at all.

Another type of hand that you can have is a full house which is also referred to as a boat or a full boat and is a poker hand which contains three cards that have one rank and also two cards that match which is of another rank.

Then you can also have a flush, which is a poker hand that consists of five cards that are the entire same suit and that do not rank is sequence.

You can also have a straight, which is a poker hand that has five cards that are of sequential rank and that are different suits. There is also a hand that is known as three of a kind and this is where you have a poker hand that consists of three cards that are all of the same rank and also two other cards that are unmatched, this is also known as trips or a set or prile.

Playing poker is an art all of its own. The first thing that you are going to want to remember is that you need to pay attention to the game as well as the players in general. You want to make a note of the the players that are playing aggressively as well as those who play casually.

You may also want to keep your eyes on the players that are playing tight as well. You are going to want to play the players that are loose and try your best to avoid the players that are tight. The only way that you want to play the tight players is if you have the strong hand.

Another thing that you are going to want to consider is your ability to keep an eye on the chips. Make a note of the amount of chips each player has. You need to know which player has a greater amount of chips than you do and you need to make sure that you play against them carefully. Any mistakes you mak in poker will virtually wipe you out of the game.

When it comes to playing with the players that have a less amount of chips then you do, it may be better to play pots. Also keep in mind the terms no match, if you take notice on the fact that none of your cards match those community cards, you should throw away your hand when another player bets.

You should also keep an eye on the ace in your hand. Just because you have an ace card in your hand doesn't mean that you should play. However, if you have an ace and a card that is higher than a ten, you should play. Also keep in mind the hands that need to stay before the flop takes place.

If you have a hand that has two pairs or two face cards or a hand that can result in a straight flush, you should play. On the other hand if you don't have those types of hands you need to fold and be patient unless you find yourself in the blind.

When you have a good hand you are going to want to bet strong so that you are able to make a good profit from the hand. However, you are going to want to an eye out for those potential players that may have a better hand than you.


Jim Moore has spent the last 20 years as a professional writer working for some of the world's largest engineering and financial companies. http://www.gamesrevealed.com/


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