Learn the Basics of Poker


Poker is a game of skill that requires time and patience to learn. Fortunately there are many resources available to new players including free poker apps, YouTube videos, and a good book or two. It is also helpful to spend some time watching professional players on Twitch and at the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Before you play a hand, it is important to understand the rules. First, each player must place an initial ante into the pot. This is a required action and the amount varies by game, but typically it is a nickel. Players then receive 2 cards face down, and can choose to call a bet, raise a bet, or fold their hand. Once betting is complete, the highest hand wins the pot.

When deciding whether or not to call, it is important to consider your opponent’s range and the potential value of your own hand. If you believe your opponent’s range is higher than yours, then it may be worth calling, if not, then it might be better to fold.

One of the most overlooked aspects of poker is table position. Always try to be in position versus your opponents, as this will allow you to see how they bet and raise and control the size of the pot. If you are in early position and have a weak hand, it is generally best to check rather than calling, as doing so will force your opponent to make a stronger bet, or possibly even call a worse hand.