How To Play Poker
Learn the basics of poker
There are hundreds of different types of poker, from the 5 card draw games you played growing up, to Texas Hold’em which has blown up in the last couple decades.
The games may all have their own unique rules and structures, however a few similarities tie all of the different games together, and make them ‘poker’.
Where as the point of other games may be to acquire the most points, poker is similar. Except in poker, the points are most often money. This is primarily what makes the game beautiful.
All poker games have a great deal to do with risk vs. reward. If you don’t risk anything you can’t lose, but you also can’t win. So as you learn the ropes to the games, you begin to formulate plans for each hand and situation. You learn to take ‘calculated risks‘, when to take them and why. For this reason, poker is not only a fun game to learn and play, but can also teach valuable lessons about when and why to take risks in other areas of your life.
It is said that some players have an innate ability at the game, and that they are naturally great at it. While this is true in some cases, the vast majority of profitable poker players, including the ‘naturals’ all have a few things in common. They have studied the game, and have played a ton of poker. In short, it is just like everything else. Study, study, study and PLAY, PLAY, PLAY!
There are so many ways you can study the game, and places that you can play. There are fantastic books out there, great training websites, and a huge amount of websites, casinos, and even home games that offer penny stakes all the way to the nose bleeds. US Poker School is a free training site that focuses on turning beginners and amateurs into professional, profitable players. Ultimately, it really just comes down to how bad you want it.
So look around the site, and look through the How To Play Poker sections on each of the games, and try them out. You may be surprised just how much you enjoy all of the unique characteristics that come with each game. There is an age old saying for poker which still holds true today. “It takes a day to learn, and a lifetime master“.
Good luck at the tables.