Poker, a card-game that requires you to actively think about every move you make - a fun and enjoyable game for all ages. You can play it alone or with friends and family.
Poker is played with one deck of cards of which the jokers are removed. Two cards are dealt to every player each round. The 2 cards you get are the ones that will help you to win or lose. After every player has seen his or her 2 cards the betting starts. The terms 'big blind' and 'small blind' are important here. The 'big blind' has to bet x amount even if he doesn't want to play the cards
dealt. The 'small blind' has to play 0.5 x the amount the 'big blind' has to play. However the 'small blind' has to increase the amount to the same as that of the other players in order to play. But he or she can also choose not to play and the amount lost will be smaller than the big blind. Every other player can decide to 'call' (play) or 'fold' (not play) during this time.
When everyone has agreed to an amount to see the 'flop' which is the first three cards the dealer will flip the cards open. Now you can decide whether you want to continue, but remember every player is allowed to bet or raise/re-raise a bet. After the 'flop' the dealer will deal another card which every player can see: 'The turn'. After 'The turn' there is one last card to be dealt this card is called 'The river'. There are some good guides to poker online - but the basic rules are not only funny, but also rather easy to learn.
Now that you know the basic rules of the game, how can you win? It's quite simple, the combination created with your two cards and the other five cards on the board should be higher than that of all the other players playing their 'hand'. The possible combinations are:
1. A pair: two matching cards e.g. 5♠ and 5♣
2. Two of a kind: two pairs e.g. 5♠ ,5♣,6♠ and 6♣
3. Three of a kind: three matching cards e.g. 5♠, 5♣ and 5♥
4. Carré/Four of a kind: Four matching cards e.g. 5♠, 5♣ and 5♥
5. Straight: five cards in a row e.g 2,3,4,5,6 or 5,6,7,8,9
6. Flush: five cards with the same symbol
7. Full house: Three of a kind and a pair at the same time
8. Four of a kind: four matching cards e.g. 5♠, 5♣, 5♥ and 5♦
9. Straight Flush: A straight and a Flush at the same time
10. Royal Flush: High street and Flush e.g. 10♦, J♦, Q♦, K♦ and A♦
Apart from winning money and having fun, playing poker has some more benefits to it. As you are sometimes forced to make big decisions in a short amount of time your decision making skills will improve. Some call poker a 'brain trainer' they say it helps improve brain functionality however this might differ from person to person. And now that you know all about poker you can go and try it out yourself!