Basic Poker

In Poker, the main goal of each and every player is to make the correct decision. This decision cames in several ways such as to Call, to Fold, to Check, to Raise or Re-raise. The ultimate result is to make sure that you are either holding the winning hand and/or are the last player standing.

Poker Table Layout

Basic Poker Layout

  • D = Dealer Button
  • SB = Small Blind
  • BB = Big Blind
  • EP = Early Position
  • MP = Middle Position
  • LP = Late Position


Working on the basic poker hands of the game as given in our Poker Hands Chart, your location at the table in relation to the betting action will be a key factor in how you play each hand. To win consistently you need to depend on your skill combined with a little luck. Poker is not only about playing your cards, but also about playing your opponents. One of the biggest mistakes made by a novice in a no-limit game is either betting too much or too little.

In online poker, the software deals the cards, however each player will have a turn in the dealer position. The dealer button which is represented at the table by a small disc labeled "D", and which moves around the table in a clockwise manner after each hand represents this position.

In games such as Stud Poker, the dealer position has very little impact on the game. However, in a game such as Texas Hold'em there are certain benefits to being the dealer, as this gives you the opportunity to bet last after observing how your opponents have bet for that round.

Basic Poker is a game of five cards which are dealt from a 52 card deck of standard playing cards, excluding the Jokers. All poker hands consist of exactly five cards. Most poker games, like seven card stud for example, give the players more than five cards to select from, but the final winning result is determined by the hand with the best five cards. In the popular stud poker games, players are all dealt one card at a time, and each player gets to bet each time they get more cards.

Players who do not wish to bet on their hand can "fold", but they then forfeit all the bets they have made to that point and are no longer in the game. At the end, the player with the best poker hand, wins the "pot". In draw poker the players bet, then replace the cards they don't like with new ones from the dealer and then bet again. The amount of rounds per game are set out before the game starts, but as a general rule there are four rounds to a game of poker.

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