On-line gambling is spreading quickly over the vast frontier of the Internet and this has opened an easy, fun and convenient way for people all over the world to play poker together. Many people have taken up an interest in the game and want to jump in with no prior experience. If you’re one of these people you might need a crash course in how-to-poker before actually playing the game.
The most common variation of poker online is Texas Hold ‘Em but there are many other variations with different rules. Keep in mind that you may need to adjust the rules below depending on the exact game you’re playing. To begin, the two people to the left of the dealer “post the blinds,” meaning that the first person puts in half the minimum bid and the second person puts in the full minimum bid. Then everyone is dealt two cards that only they can see, called “Hole Cards.”
This is followed by a round of betting. On a player’s turn to bet, he or she can put in the minimum bet (Call), put in more than the minimum bet (Raise), or quit the round (Fold). Once everyone calls, the dealer plays “The Flop”–three cards in the middle that anyone can play on. Another round of betting occurs, then another card is flipped and the pattern repeats once more so that there are five center (or Community) Cards, at which point everyone makes their final bet. Players then use the best combination of any five cards from the Community Cards and their Hole Cards to make a hand, with the best hand winning the round.