Online Poker Basics


poker-basicsWelcome to our online poker basics guide.

Remember that there are many variations of poker and we will deal with them all in detail in a different section. This is where we discuss the online poker basics which apply to all of the poker games.

All online poker games are usually played with a standard deck of fifty-two cards. A standard deck of cards has 13 various ranks of cards, and they are: Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King.

There are four card suites that have one of each of these thirteen cards. The four suits are: Clubs, Spades, Diamonds, and Hearts.

Some poker game varieties use a joker or "wild" card, but you are not likely to find these games at online poker rooms. You are more likely to encounter joker card play at poker home games.

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How do the Games Work?

All online poker games have rounds of replacing and receiving cards as well as rounds of betting that will add to a common fund, or "pot." The amount of poker card draws and betting rounds depends on the type of poker game you are participating in. Action usually takes place in a clockwise direction.

Usually, players either ante, or make blind wagers into the common fund / pot. They then receive cards, and place their bets. At the end of a betting round, all the players have to have contributed equal amounts to the pot.

The Basic Player Actions:

  • Bet: Players place bets when there are no bets on the table yet.
  • Call: Players choose whether they want to match the bet if there is already one on the table.
  • Check: Players may bet zero and pass the action on to the player next to the, if there is no bet on the table.
  • Fold: Players can choose not to match the wager on the table, which means they have to surrender their cards and forfeit their chance at winning the pot.
  • Raise: Players may increase the bet on the table by raising.