So You Want to Play Poker? – The Basics

If you’ve ever thought about playing poker, but been a little put-off by the high stakes and all of the different odds and probabilities, no need to despair! Poker is, at its heart, a simple card game, that is easy to pick up and play with friends on the weekend for pennies or for chips, and a game that can be a real treat to master, and to work up to playing on those bigger tables.

What do I need to play?

Poker can be played with as little as two people (‘Heads-up’) and usually as many as nine. The game is played with a standard deck of cards (no jokers) and some form of currency, either real or otherwise, with which the players can bet with. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like making the space around the house, it can also be played online – with both virtual and real currencies as well. The added benefit of online poker is that you don’t need to shuffle all of the cards at the end of every round, and you don’t have to worry about your poor poker-face either. If you’re interested in playing online, look here to find out more. If you are a complete beginner and need a refresher on the different poker hands, look no further than here.

The skills

Poker is a very skilful game, and it can take years to master. The most important two skills are being able to bluff your opponents, and trick them into playing how you want, and being able to read the other players, so you can tell when they are bluffing and when they are sitting on an ace hand. These things, however, will naturally come with practice – so why not head over to an online table, and get started? Good luck!