Beginner’s Guide to Poker


Poker is a card game with a long and fascinating history. It was first spread to the USA around 1875, and has since become one of the most popular pastimes in the world. The game is played on a table with two or more players and each player has a set amount of chips to bet with each hand. The game is played without knowing the opponent’s cards and each player aims to make the best 5 card “hand” from the cards they are dealt. Players must also place a mandatory amount of money into the pot before being dealt their cards, these are called blinds.

Beginners should play tight at the beginning, avoiding playing crazy hands, particularly on the button. A good starting hand is two pair or better. If you are not in the lead, raise early so that you price all of the worse hands out of the pot and can win more often.

Poker is a fast-paced game and it can be hard to keep up with all the action at times. To maximise the chances of winning, it is important to read the other players carefully and watch their tells (unconscious behaviour that reveal information about their hand) for any signs that they are weak or strong. This will help you to predict what they are going to do. In addition, it is important to analyse your own hand and playing style regularly, either by reviewing the results of your games or discussing them with other players for a more objective analysis.