A Beginner’s Guide to Poker


Poker is a game of skill that requires a lot of practice. Even the best players have bad hands sometimes and this can lead to big pot losses. But it is still a fun and interesting game to play. If you’re a beginner, I suggest starting out online with free sites like Zynga Poker. Watching professional poker players on Twitch is also an excellent way to get a feel for the game.

The game starts when the dealer deals each player 2 cards face down. Then everyone has a chance to make a hand of 5 poker cards. The highest ranking poker hand wins the pot – or all of the money that has been bet during the hand. The best poker hand is one with a pair and a high card. This is usually called a “pair and a five”. The highest card breaks ties if nobody has a pair.

After the first betting round is complete the dealer deals three more cards on the table that anyone can use (these are called the flop). Then another betting round takes place.

While good pocket kings or queens may be fine off the deal, the flop will usually spell trouble for them. If the flop contains lots of straight cards and flush cards, you’ll probably want to fold your pocket kings or queens. If not, you’ll need to bluff. This will require you to read your opponents. To do this, look at their bet sizing and stack sizes.