Poker is a card game that is played against other players. The cards are ranked from high to low, and there are four suits (spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs).
Betting rounds take place during each hand of play. Each round begins when the Dealer deals the first card and ends when every player has checked.
Rule 3: Avoid Acting Out of Turn
When betting gets around to you, you must choose one of three options: ante, call, or fold. ‘Ante’ is an amount of money that must be paid in to receive dealt cards, and the ‘call’ option is to put a certain number of chips into the pot.
Rule 4: Protect Your Hand
Regardless of the rules, it is important to always protect your own hand. This is done by using chips, your hands, or another object to protect your cards from being exposed.
Rule 5: Show Your Cards When You Need Them
In a standard cardroom, each player must show their cards when they need them. This includes when a dealer or the other players at the table need to see them, or to check for an ‘out of hand’ action.
It is also important to be respectful of new players, as they may not know all the rules yet. Be kind to them, explain the rules clearly, and give them a sense of belonging. They may come back to play more often, and you will have a better time as a result!