That’s the way to play poker

The poker game begins when the dealer shuffles and distributes the cards. A plastic “cut card” obscures the view of the last card in the deck. Each player receives two cards, one at a time, with the player sitting at the small blind getting the first card. The cards are distributed clockwise, the player on the button receives his cards last.


Now it’s time for the first betting round. The player after the big blind starts the game. His position is also called “Under the Gun”. He has three options: call, raise or fold. First, you can call by placing the chips of the big blind. Second, you can raise by placing at least twice as many chips as the big blind. Third, you can fold your hands if you do not want to play this round. You give his two cards face down to the dealer. The dealer places the folded cards on a pile called a Muck. If a player folds his hand, he can no longer participate in the game round. If the player under the gun has put his action, it continues clockwise until all participants have either called, raised or folded. The last player in the round is the big blind. If no one has raised in front of him, he has two options: check or raise. He can check in to continue playing without another bet, or he can raise. When all players have resumed their bets after a raise, the dealer places all bets in the middle of the table and hands out the first three cards, the flop.

The flop

The dealer takes the top card and places it face down on the muck. This is a security measure so no one can see the cards still being distributed. The dealer then takes the next three cards and places them face up on the table. These are the first three community cards called the flop. They are placed in the middle of the table called “the board”.

It follows a new betting round. From now on, however, the action begins with the player who sits on the left closest to the dealer button and ends with the player who is closest to the button on the right. The first player has two options, check or bet. When he checks, the next player has the same options. However, if he bets, the next one already has three options: check, raise, fold. These options now exist for all players until either folded or paid.

The turn

The dealer again puts the top card on the muck and places the next card face up on the board. This card is called Turn. The possibilities for the players are the same as on the flop.

The river

The dealer again puts the top card on the muck and puts the last card face up on the board. This card is the last community card and is called River. The next betting round is the last one, the players have the same options as on the flop and after the turn.

The showdown at poker

If one player bets during the game and all other players fold, the pot goes to the leftover player. If at least two players remain in the hand until after the river, then they have made it to the showdown. In a showdown, the cards of the remaining players are revealed and compared with the community cards. Each player tries to make the best five cards from his hole cards and community cards. In order to form a hand, the player can use no, one or both hole cards, of course always in combination with the community cards, so all five, four, or three. If the player’s best hand is made up of the five community cards, it is called “playing the board” and he can only hope to share the pot. If two or more players have equivalent cards after the showdown, then the pot is split, with the remaining chips going to the player closest to the button on the left.

Showdown example:

Board: Ts, Ks, Td, 7c, 9d
Peter: Kd, Qh
Paul: 9s, Tc
Mary: Th, Jh

Peter’s best hand is Kd, Ks, Td, Ts, Qh. He has two pairs, kings and tens. A poker hand must consist of five cards, so the lady fills up her hand.

Paul’s best hand is Tc, Td, Ts, 9s, 9d. He has a full house.

Mary’s best hand is Th, Td, Ts, Ks, Jh. She has a set of ten with Kicker King.

In this hand, Paul would be the winner of the entire pot. His full house is the most valuable hand. Mary is second best with her triplet. Peter has the worst hand with his two pairs.

When the winner receives the chips, the dealer collects the cards and the hand is over. When the dealer shuffles the cards, the next hand starts.

The flop – the perfect time to look for information

If you are already a poker player, you probably already know the standard terms such as flop, turn and river. All three phases are very important and have a different meaning for the professional player. In this article, we’ll cover the flop and how to play it best.

You already know that, depending on the game, you generally only enter the game with strong hands before the flop. So you’re already on the safe side of preflop and can face the first hurdle of a poker game: the flop

It is ideal if you are involved in a game in which many players participate, who have no knowledge of starting hands and pay money into the pot with all imaginable cards. If you play against these players correctly after the flop you can earn a few dollars more and also prevent these players from getting their “magic card”.

A real example with opportunities and probabilities

Let’s say you have AKs (two hearts) before the flop and your opponent has 78 of different color. Below is a list of the probabilities of getting specific combinations:

Before the flop you are a 2: 1 favorite
The flop comes Q-2-9? They are a 3: 1 favorite
The flop comes A-6-2? They are a 15: 1 favorite

You should always look closely at the flop and be clear about whether you want to stay in the hand. If you have hit the flop (eg preflop AK an ace on the flop) you can stay calm in the hand and drive out as many opponents as possible by raising. If you miss the flop, simply discard your cards and wait for a new round.

The flop is the ideal time to gather information about your opponents! Since you decide whether it is profitable for you to continue playing, you should also try to find out how you stand. That’s why the flop is the ideal time to pay even less for raises and wagers than later. You should always use this opportunity to look for information.

On the flop, it is not that expensive and you can make a small bet to see how it stands. If you drop all your cards, you have the ideal case and strike the pot without much resistance. But if you encounter resistance, you should be aware of what players can hold in their hands.

If you are able to read players well, you have a huge advantage here on the flop. Take a look at the flop and find out what holds the others in your hand. Is a flush draw or a street on the flop possible? Could it be that an opponent hit his set?

If you answer these questions, you can use the low-stakes flop to find out what holds the opponent in your hand. If you know your previous game and you can put it on a certain stereotype, you also know whether a player with dominated hands remains in the hand or whether he continues to play with every imaginable card combination.