The Beginners Guide to Poker; What You Need To Know To Get Off To A Great Start

July 15, 2016, Scott  

Poker is one of the most popular games of choice, whether you’re having a poker night at home with friends or chilling in your PJs playing an online version. Poker is a game that is constantly growing in popularity and millions of people play poker on a daily basis. The word poker itself is search over a million times a day, and it is incredibly in demand online. Now whether you are a poker novice or
consider yourself quite the pro, here is a handy guide to poker for beginners that will enable you to have the best start in a game.

Know Your Game

Now this may seem like an obvious tip, however if you want to stay ahead in a game then you need to know the difference between a royal flush and two pair. In the incredibly popular Texas hold’em, there are nine hands and you will need to know them all. If you think a straight beats a flush, you will give your opponents an edge to be able to fleece you.

Game Face

If you have managed to understand and know the hands then now you need to work on staying neutral. Poker is a game where you have to keep your wits about you, as well as trying to figure out what your opponents hand may be. Always ensure that you know when it is your turn as well, so you can act and the dealer doesn’t have to tell you when to go.

Carry On

In poker, it can be tempting to think that you have the world’s worst hand, and you may be inclined to take risks. If you are new to poker and you believe you are not in the best situations, this is where you can be quick to donate your chips but don’t. Start out with trying to play the best hands (pocket aces, kings and queens as well as combinations like ace/king or queen of the same suit). If you follow
this when you do get involved you are likely to have the best chances of winning.

Read Tell-Tale Signs

You may feel as though you are unreadable to other players, but this may not be the case. Be aware that your opponent’s tell-tale signs could be freezing after making a bet. They make think the action isn’t noticeable but it could be a hint that they are bluffing. Or your opponents could be making signals to completely throw you off, it is difficult to know but if you make a conscious effort to read
your opponents sign you will be able to understand them over time.

Weight-Up Risks

Poker is very much like running a business; you need to be able to understand risk assessment. As a poker player you know to know when to cut your losses to avoid a downfall later on. If you want to become a poker pro then you need to work on your arithmetic knowledge, as well as beginning to think strategically.