A Beginner’s Guide to Poker


Poker is one of the most profitable games available in the casino. If you learn the basic rules, hand rankings, and the importance of position you will be well on your way to a winning poker strategy.

When playing poker, every player has the option to either call, raise or fold. When a person calls they place the same amount of money in the pot as the player to their left. When a player raises, they put in more than the original bet. Finally, when a player folds they put no money in the pot and forfeit their hand.

In the first betting round (also called the flop), the dealer places 3 community cards face up on the table and each player gets another chance to bet. The highest ranked poker hand wins the pot.

During the third stage of the hand (called the turn), an additional community card is placed on the table and the fourth betting round starts. In this round each player can raise or fold.

In the final betting stage (called the river), a fifth community card is added to the table and there is a final chance to bet. Once again the highest ranked poker hand wins the pot.