Beginners Guide to Poker







Poker for beginners with tips and a general guide

It has been said that it takes minutes to learn and a lifetime to master. Many beginners make the mistake of thinking that the apparent simplicity of it means that there is nothing more than luck involved in winning. It is easy enough to see why this cannot possibly be true, if it were you would not find the same players consistently winning. After all, luck evens out so that everyone gets the same amount over time. If success were due to pure luck, no one would ever emerge as a long-term winner. The fact that there are players who can make a good living at it shows that there is much more to it than luck which Winandgo hope to show you through theses series of beginners guide to poker articles.





Its growing popularity over recent years presents a great opportunity for those who are prepared to learn the basic elements. Before you even start though, it is important to remember one thing: despite the fact that skill will win in the long term, it is very swingy. Short-term runs of bad luck can affect anyone. In order to protect yourself you should make sure that you have the bankroll to cover these potential losses. Bankroll management means keeping money aside that is dedicated solely for it. Typically twenty times the buy-in for a cash game and about fifty times the buy-in for tournaments should be enough to absorb any short-term losses you might suffer.




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There are many different forms, which are described further below this poker for beginners guide, and it is a good idea to learn them all eventually. To start with, however, the best one to learn is by far the most popular one today - No Limit Texas Hold 'Em. It is a seemingly simple game that is in fact far more complicated than most people think. The basics are easy to grasp. Every player is first dealt two cards face down, called hole cards. At this stage, depending on the strength of your hand, you can bet, call, raise or fold. For beginners, it is best not to get too tricky here. Play strong hands such as high pairs or ace-king, fold everything else. Avoid the temptation of playing too many hands. It might seem a bit dull, but this is a very profitable strategy.

Guide to Words and Phrases.
Texas Hold 'Em.
Texas Hold 'Em Rules.
Texas Hold 'Em Tips.
The Rules.
Flop.
7 Card Stud.
5 Card Draw.
Omaha Hi Lo.
Online Information.
OnlineTells.
Spotting Tells.
Big Game Advice.
Sit and Go Tournaments.
Heads Up.
Calculating Odds.

After the first round of betting, three more cards, called the flop, are dealt face up on the table that every player can use in conjunction with their hole cards to make a five-card hand. The strategy for beginners here is again very simple: if your hand has improved, then bet it; if not, fold. Two more cards, called the turn and the river, are then dealt, with a round of betting after each. The beauty is that you do not need to necessarily have the best hand to win. You can always put in a big raise as a bluff. It is better not to try this too often when you are a beginner. Stick to playing strong hands and you will find that you will consistently win over time.


Now that you have read this poker guide do follow the other Winandgo articles above. Before taking the plunge and joining an online card room or buying new essentials for home such as chip sets or packs of cards, see if there are any good Groupon deals available.



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