Getting started with poker


Poker can be intimidating if you are new to the game. But never fear, for Cameron is here! You can use my handy little guide to poker that will introduce you to poker for beginner. I’m going to let you in on some of the basics of the game so that you can play your round and look like a complete pro when you’re done with this blog!

The basics
The game of poker for beginner is not that hard once you grasp some of the basics of the game:

  1. The game is played with a deck of 52 cards, with the ace being of the highest value and the deuce the lowest.
  2. All the suits have the same rank, so no suit is higher than the other except in the case of hand rankings.
  3. In case of a hand ranking, only the value of the cards is important. An ace beats all cards in a similar hand, and a higher ranked pair of cards beats another pair.

How to deal

The pack of 52 cards is shuffled and then dealt by the dealer, who deals two cards face down to each of the player. These are the hole cards and are not to be revealed to other players. You can use these cards throughout the four rounds of bets during Texas Hold ‘Em poker. After the first round, the dealer deals out three community cards, which are known as a flop and can be used by the group. Then, after the second round a fourth card called the turn is added to the community card bunch.

Poker terms

This is probably a good time to familiarise you with some poker for beginner terms that will be used throughout your games, so that you look like a pro:

  1. Opening the betting: When a wager is made first, is when this is said to happen.
  2. Fold: You can quit a game and hand in your cards when you fold. This also means you lose money that you may have bet on the game.
  3. Muck: These are a pile of cards that have been handed in by players who folded.
  4. Dead: In case your cards were added to the muck, they are ‘dead’ and can’t be used again.
  5. Call: If you want the next card revealed, you can call to match another player’s wager.
  6. Raise: When you are feeling lucky, you can raise the wager so the other person has to raise their stakes to match your wager.


There are several bonuses that poker for beginner players can make the best use of during a game:

  1. High hand bonus: If you have a good hand, you can win a bonus on it. That means that you can stand a chance to win the entire jackpot amount. To claim the bonus, you will have to show all your cards.
  2. Bad beat jackpot: In this type of bonus, it’s the lesser hand that wins the larger share of the jackpot prize.