Key Poker Rules: Tips for Beginners

Key Poker Rules: Tips for Beginners

Poker is one of the most popular gambling games. Its distinctive feature is that the winning depends not only on the good luck but also on players’ skills and abilities to figure out strategies, analyze gaming situations and remember combinations.

The latter is especially crucial to beginning players. You should start exploring the world of poker with learning all combinations.

Poker combinations

The biggest confusion of beginning gamblers is related to numerous card combinations. We recommend learning the most beneficial combinations and shifting to the weaker ones.

We have prepared a table with all poker combinations for your convenience. They are given in descending order.

Royal Flush


10, J, Q, K, A of the same suit. The strongest combination that cannot lose

Straight flush sequence of the same suit
Four of a kind 4 cards of the equal value
Full house


set and pair



hand of the same suit



Sequence in ascending order. An ace can come before a two and after a king

Set 3 cards of equal value
Two pairs 2 of one value, 2 of another. The strength of the hand is evaluated by the highest of them. If they are equal for opponents – by the lower


2 identical cards

Kicker Lack of combination


These combinations are basic for most types of poker. Each one, except for Royal flush, loses out to the above and beats the below. Note: these combinations are not used in the 36-card batch.

Key poker rules and types

poker rules

Casinos offer different kinds of poker. The most popular is Texas Hold’em with numerous live and online tournaments. This type of poker is considered classical nowadays.

Hold’em involves from 2 to 10 people. All players receive two closed cards (face down). Afterwards, within three rounds, a dealer deals five more opened cards: three at once and two one by one. Gamblers should compile the best possible combination. They make bets one by one after each dealing. To see the next card and continue the game, one should place at least an equal bet to previous ones. The bank is given to those who collect the greatest combination or make other players pass.

Besides Texas Hold’em, there are a lot of poker formats. For example:

  • Omaha is similar to Texas Hold’em. The only difference is that players receive four closed cards instead of two.

  • 6+ Hold’em is also similar to Texas Hold’em. One uses the 36-card batch without twos, threes, fours and fives.

  • Draw poker: players obtain five cards. After the first round of betting, one can make a single exchange. It is followed by two rounds of betting.

  • Caribbean Stud: all gamblers place ante (obligatory bet). A dealer provides everyone, including himself, with five cards. Afterwards, he turns out one of his cards and players decide whether they keep playing or pass.

Dealing process

After reshuffling the batch, a dealer puts it in the shoes. It is a special box placed on the table and allowing dealing cards conveniently and quickly.

A player to the left of the dealer receives the first cards. Then dealing goes in clockwise order, card by card until receiving the required number of cards.

Afterwards, gamblers can place bets or do the following actions:

  • bet – place their chips;

  • fold, pass – muck, refuse further participation, losing the previous bet;

  • raise – increase the opponent’s bet;

  • re-raise – increase the opponent’s raise;

  • call – place a bet equal to the opponent’s one;

  • check – slip an act.


There are numerous types of poker with different rules worldwide. According to professional gamblers, you can learn them throughout life, which will allow you, in case of a proper approach, not only to improve your intelligence, memory, attention and strategic thinking but also gain large profit.


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