Poker – Basic Rules
Poker is a card game, also known as “Texas Holdem”, wherein the goal is to “die” or “lay down” your money in the pot, and “pot” it back up by playing cards dealt from a pile. Poker is any of many different card games where players wager over what hand is best, typically according to the rules of such a game. If you are a beginner in poker, you should probably start out by playing scratch cards, as there are not very many cards in a standard deck of 52. However, scratch cards are not for everyone and should only be considered if you have had some previous experience with playing poker, and if you understand the basic rules of the game. If you don’t know how to bluff, then most likely you will want to stick to a standard deck of cards.
Poker is played with two (or more) players sitting across from each other in an environment called “the poker table”. Each player has a hand, usually consisting of seven cards, but can include cards from both decks if they wish. Each player also holds a card sleeve that contains one card face up, and a card that may be used as a “tell” (if a card is revealed). The dealer then deals the cards, counting them and discarding the highest card first. Then, depending on the situation, either player may bluff or take another card from the dealer if the highest card has already been discarded. This rule is called the “bluffing rule” and may often result in a loss for the house.
A player will lose a pot if they reveal their cards or take off any higher cards they may have than their highest hand. The name of the game is “poker star” because some professional poker players are said to win streak tournaments by revealing cards before their opponents do, or by taking off certain cards before folding. It is not uncommon for experienced players in a poker room to “downtalk”, talking to anyone about anything but the game, or making up strategies as they play. If a player is playing a particularly strong hand, they may talk incessantly while playing – this is called “toll-off” and often results in the downfall of the pot.