Basic Rules of Each Type of Game
The basic rules of each type of game vary slightly, but here are some general rules to follow:
- Players take turns in a clockwise direction.
- Players must place a small and big blind bet before each hand. The player to the left of the dealer places the small blind, and the player to their left places the big blind.
- Each player receives their cards face down (hole cards), and the first round of betting begins.
- After the first round of betting, the dealer places three community cards face up on the table (the flop).
- Another round of betting occurs, followed by the dealer placing another community card face up on the table (the turn).
- Another round of betting occurs, followed by the dealer placing the final community card face up on the table (the river).
- Players then make their best hand using two of their hole cards and three community cards.
- The player with the highest-ranking hand wins the pot.
Setting Up the Game
Now that you understand the basic poker rules, it’s time to set up the game. Here’s what you need to know:
Number of Players Required to Start a Game
Most poker games require at least two players, but some games require three or more. Typically, the more players there are, the longer the game will last.
How to Set Up Poker Chips and Distribute Them Among Players
Poker chips are used to represent real money in the game. Here’s how to set them up and distribute them among players:
- Decide on the value of each chip. For example, you might use $1 chips, $5 chips, and $10 chips.
- Ensure that you have enough chips for all players and for the denominations you want to use in the game.
- Place the chips in the middle of the table, and each player can take their chips and organize them how they see fit.
Basic Etiquette to Follow During a Game
Poker has its own set of unwritten rules and etiquette. Here are some basic tips to follow:
- Avoid talking about your hand during the game.
- Avoid slow-rolling (taking a long time to reveal your hand when you know you have won).
- Don’t splash the pot (throw chips into the middle of the table).
- Respect other players and their decisions.
Dealing the Cards
Now that the game is set up, it’s time to deal the cards and start playing. Here’s what you need to know: