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POKER GUIDE: HOW TO GET STARTED IN POKER

Getting started in poker for the first time can be a scary prospect, learning the rules, hand rankings and memorizing strategies is daunting, but the truth is, Situs Poker Online is far more straightforward than it appears.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN POKER?

Depending on how fast you pick up the basic rules, you can realistically learn enough to start playing in about 20 minutes, but it might take another one to six months before you have a grasp on the nuances of the game.

Most of the widely played poker variants have simple rulesets, which is a significant factor in why they are so popular. However, the best way to learn is by playing, whether that be at a home game, or an online free to play version. No amount of research can replace time at the tables.

WHAT IS THE EASIEST POKER GAME TO LEARN?

Five Card Draw is one of the best poker variants to learn first because of its relatively simple ruleset. There are only two phases, and one draw phase in Five Card Draw and the card ranking system is used across multiple types of poker.

Texas Hold’em is an excellent second choice for beginners. It’s by far the most popular variant in the world and has huge amounts of information on how to play in books, the internet, movies, and even video games. Texas Hold ’em is a little more complicated than Five Card Draw with four phases and community cards, but is still a good entry game for poker beginners.

HOW MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF POKER ARE THERE?

Poker is an incredibly versatile game that is continuously evolving, new games are invented every year and old games blink out of existence forever. Regardless of the rule variation, all poker variants will fall into one of three categories.

Draw—Has at least draw phase where players can replace the cards they were dealt at the start of the game.

Examples—Badgui and Five Cards Draw are the two most popular games in this category.

Stud—Players are dealt a combination of face up and face down cards as part of their hand.

Examples—Seven Card Stud, Five Card Stud and Razz poker fall into this category.

Community—During play, several community cards are dealt in the middle. Players can use any of the cards they are dealt at the start, and the community cards to make the best possible hand.

Examples—Texas Hold’em and Omaha Poker are the two most widely played community card games.