The Ultimate Poker Guide!

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The Ultimate Poker Guide!

Welcome!  This guide is designed to provide and in-depth look into the most popular gambling game that has recently swept the nation.  Instructions on how to play, as well as guidelines for purchasing and even building poker supplies is all included in this guide.  There is a lot of vital information in this guide on how to improve your game and technique, so that you have a much better shot at winning.  Whether you are a pro at the game, or simply curious about what all the fuss is about, the Ultimate Poker Guide has plenty of useful and interesting information about the game!

History of the Game

The origins of the game are unclear, however it is believed that it originated from a 16th century Persian card game known as "Nas".  It was then taught to the French settlers in New Orleans by Persian sailors.  The game has many different variations that have changed over the years and continue to evolve into more complex and interesting ways of playing.  Today, the game is considered a professional 'sport', and is celebrated by a vast majority of the public.  One of the most popular variations of the game is known as Texas Hold em'.  The instructions below can help anyone, regardless of age or experience learn to play and master the game of Texas Hold em'!

Basic Rules to Texas Hold em'

  1. All players should be seated at a table, preferably round, that is large enough for plenty of comfortable space between all players at the table.
  2. Once the chips have been distributed evenly, the player immediatly to the left of the dealer or dealer button must place a small blind (a value predetermined by the players that is set throughout the game).
  3. The player next in turn places a big blind (usually twice the value of the small blind).
  4. The dealer then begins with the small blind player and continues around the table clockwise, dealing each player two cards facedown.  These are your hole cards, so nobody should view them but you.
  5. Once everyone is delt their cards, the first round of betting takes place starting with the person immediatly after the big blind, who has the option of calling, raising, or folding.
  6. Once the betting has been completed, the next card of the deck is burned (eliminated from the deck face down) and the next three cards are dealt to the table face up.  This is known as the Flop and these three cards are community cards (meaning they are shared by all the players at the table to make the best poker hand of five cards total).
  7. Immediately following the flop comes another round of betting, beginning with the next active player to the left of the dealer.
  8. Once this round of betting is completed, another card is burned and then comes the 4th card played, called the Burn, and another round of betting follows in a similar fashion.
  9. Finally comes the 5th and final card, the River, and once again another betting round takes place.
  10. This is the final betting round and the best poker hand wins the pot!

*Note* Remember that the 5 community cards can be used by everyone at the table, therefor if you have a very good hand, it is possible that other players do as well using several of the community cards as well...Be Careful!

Ranking Poker Hands

(Listed from worst to best)

High Card: As suggested, this means the highest ranking card.  In the event that there are no better hands, the highest card would win.  The highest card can also be used as a tie breaker if two hands are similar.  For example, a King would beat a 7 card and a 9 card would beat a 4 card and so on.

Pair: Any pair will beat a high card.  For example, a pair of 2's will beat a high card Ace.  A pair of 4's would beat a pair of 2's however.  Two players who both have the same pair would then use the high card to break the tie.  In this case, the high card is known as the Kicker.

Two Pair: Two pairs will beat one pair.  A pair of 2's and 3's will beat a pair of Aces.  Again, if two players have the same hand with two pairs, the kicker would be used to determine the winner.

Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same value will beat two pairs.  Therefor, three 2's would beat two pairs of Ace's and Kings.

Straight: Five cars in sequential order will beat three of a kind.  Therefor, if you had 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of varying suits you would beat three Ace's.

Flush: A flush is five cards of the same suit.  The cards do not need to be in sequential order, therefor a 4, 7, 9, Jack, Queen, all hearts, would beat an Ace high straight.

Straight Flush: If all your cards are of the same suit and in sequential order, you have a strait flush.  Therefor, a 2 of clubs, 3 of clubs, 4 of clubs, 5 of clubs, and a 6 of clubs would beat an Ace high flush of any suit.

Royal Flush: A royal flush is a straight flush with an Ace high.  Therefor, a 10 of hearts, Jack of hearts, Queen of hearts, King of hearts, and an Ace of hearts would beat anything else, except for a royal flush of a different suit.

Poker Supplies

A great way to experience the game of poker is to own your own chips, cards and even your own poker table!  This will make it easy for you to host your own tournaments or just have friends over to play for fun in the comfort of your own home.  Everything you need regarding poker supplies can be found easily on Ebay!  Simply click on any of the links below to be taken directly to a search that contains excellent poker supplies.

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Poker Techniques and Strategy

Bluffing: All successful poker players must be able to make a well-timed bluff.  The bluff is probably the most talked-about poker concept, although it is not used as often as most people believe.  If you never bluff, you become predictable as a player and it is easier for your opponents to know what type of hand you have based on your betting habits.  Bluffing is very important to winning big pots simply by appearing to have a better hand than you really do have, and intimidating your opponents into folding.

Discipline: In order to win steadily as a poker player, the most important skill to master is discipline.  Most other skills depend on your personal discipline as a poker player.  You must have the discipline to wait for a good hand and the right opportunity to bet big.  If you become anxious, it is easy to lose all your money quickly, simply by not being disciplined.  You should never play poker while emotionally troubled or under the influence, because it will cause you to make many poor decisions resulting in the lose of money.

Observation: Observation is a key element in poker, because it is important to study your opponents in order to learn about their style of play.  If you fold early in a hand, it is a great opportunity for you to gain an understanding of how your opponents bid without you directly involved.  You should keep an eye out for any odd behavior that may lead you to believe a bluff has been made by an opponent.  It is equally important to make sure you keep an eye on how you appear to the other players, because they are constantly trying to read you as well.  Observation will help you to make better decisions in poker.

Changing Gears: A good poker player is unpredictable and is able to change gears quickly in the middle of a game.  If you have been playing a solid poker game without bluffing much, your opponents begin to think that you only will bet on hands that are fairly good.  It is at this point that you should start throwing in some bluffs in order to catch your opponents off gaurd.  This skill can make all the difference later in the game when most of the money is being thrown around into larger pots.

Money Management: If you are unable to manage your money, it is impossible to be a steady poker winner no matter how good you are.  This means that you should only play games that you can afford to lose the buy in cost.  There are many professionals who go broke, because they begin losing, and they dont know when to stop.  Eventually they can not financially support the games they are playing and all their money is lost.  This is an important trait to have when it comes to poker, so that you do not go broke.


Poker is one of the most important games to many teenagers as well as adults for many reasons.  It is a great social activity that promotes a healthy competitive nature as well as developing important life traits.  Hopefully this guide has helped to provide a better understanding of the game of poker!


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