How to Play

Poker is played in a multitude of variations. Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Stud, Pineapple, OFC and many more.However, Texas Hold'em and Omaha are the versions played most often and are the most popular poker variants.

Texas Hold'em Poker

No Limit Texas Hold ‘em, is played with 2 players or more. The game starts with the distribution of two private cards (Hole cards) to each of the players and is always played in a clockwise direction. 2 of the 7 cards are private (hole) for each player and the other 5 are Community Cards.

The objective of the game is to get the 5-card combination out of hole & community cards. A hand is won by one of the two ways.

  • By having the best hand on the table.
  • Or by making everyone else at the table fold their hand. (Players would fold when they fail to match the bet)

The objective of the game is to get the 5-card combination out of hole & community cards. A hand is won by one of the two ways.

In Texas Hold'em, players receive two cards as their private cards (Hole Cards), after which there is a round of betting (Pre-Flop). Three community/board cards are turned simultaneously (called the flop) and another round of betting occurs. The next two community/board cards are turned one at a time, with a round of betting after each card (Called the Turn and River respectively). The board cards are community cards, and a player can use any five-card combination from among the board and private/personal cards.

  • Opening deal - Each player is dealt two cards, which are known as hole cards or pocket cards.
  • First round of betting - Starting with the player to the left of the big blind, each player can either call the big blind,raise, or fold. The big blind has the option to raise an otherwise unraised pot.
  • The Flop - The dealer burns a card, and then deals three community cards face up. The first three cards are referred to as the flop, while all of the community cards are collectively called the board.
  • Second round of betting - Starting with the player to the left of the dealer button, each player can check or bet. Once a bet has been made, each player can raise, call, or fold.
  • The turn - The dealer burns another card, and then adds a fourth card face-up to the community cards. This fourth card is known as the turn card.
  • Third round of betting - Starting with the player to the left of the dealer button, each player can check or bet. Once a bet has been made, each player can raise, call, or fold, but the size of the bets have usually doubled in limit games.
  • The river - The dealer burns another card, and then adds a fifth and final card to the community cards. This fifth card is known as the river card.
  • Final round of betting - Starting with the player to the left of the dealer button, each player can check or bet. Once a bet has been made, each player can raise, call, or fold.
  • The showdown - Using the best five-card combination of their hole cards and the community cards, the remaining players show their hands, with the better or last raiser showing first. The highest five-card hand wins the pot. (In case of a tie, the pot is evenly split among the winning hands.)

Omaha

Omaha is similar to Texas Hold'em in using a three-card flop on the board, a fourth board card, and then a fifth board card. Each player is dealt four hole cards (instead of two) at the start. To make a hand, a player must use precisely two hole cards with three board cards. The betting is the same as in hold'em. At the showdown, the entire four-card hand should be shown to receive the pot.

The best possible five-card poker hand, using exactly two hole cards and three community cards, wins the pot.

Opening Round

The dealer deals each player four cards face down (hole cards or pocket cards)

First betting round.

The dealer burns a card, then turns over three community cards face up (the flop)

Second betting round.

The dealer burns another card, then turns over one more community card (the turn)

Third betting round.

The dealer burns another card, then turns over one final community card (the river)

Final betting round.

Showdown. (Every remaining player shows their hand with first bettor or last raiser showing first.) All remaining players must use their two pocket cards and the three board cards.

Rules of Omaha

All the rules of Texas Hold'em apply to Omaha except the rule on playing the board, which is not possible in Omaha (because you must use two cards from your hand and three cards from the board)..

Terminologies Explained

CALL - The player can put in the same amount as the Big Blind had put in earlier or they can match the bet.
FOLD - The player can throw his cards away and quit the ongoing hand.
RAISE - The player can bet by putting some money in the middle which other players will have to match in order to stay in the game.

Learn how to play poker

Whether you are new to the game of poker, or just need a refresher, FCF Poker has what you need to learn how to play.

  • Learn what beats what: We’ve got a handy guide to the hierarchy of poker hands, so you’ll always know when you’re holding the nuts!
  • We’ve got links to help you learn different types of poker game, plus free strategy advice.

Royal flush

The royal flush sits atop the poker-hand rankings as the best hand possible. It features five consecutive cards of the same suit in order of value from 10 through to ace.

Straight flush

Any five cards of sequential values in the same suit that’s not a royal flush is a straight flush. It can only be beaten by a royal flush or another straight flush including higher-ranking cards.

Four of a kind

The same card in all four suits. The five-card hand is completed by the highest card among the others on the table or in your hand.

Full house

A hand comprising the same value card in three different suits (three of a kind) and a separate pair of the same rank card in two different suits. When more than one player has a full house the winning hand is the one with the higher or highest value three of a kind.

Flush

Five cards of the same suit in any order whatsoever. When two players have flushes, the flush featuring the highest valued card is the winning poker hand.

Straight

Five cards of sequential numerical value composed of more than one suit. An ace can usually rank as either high (above a king), or low (below a 2), but not both in the same hand.

Three of a kind

A poker hand containing three cards of the same rank in three different suits. The two highest available cards besides the three of a kind complete the hand.

Two pairs

Two different sets of two cards of matching rank. The highest-ranked remaining card completes the hand.

Pair

A pair of cards of the same rank in different suits. The remainder of the hand is formed from the three highest-ranked cards available.

High card

The lowest-ranked hand of them all. The highest card in the hand is your ‘best hand’..

Poker Tips for Beginners

“Poker is a skill game pretending to be a chance game.” James Altucher. It is an interesting and engaging game to play. If you are new to this, you might need to get some tips when it comes to playing poker online.

5 Quick tips for beginners

Here are a few tips that every beginner poker player should keep in mind:

1. Be Flexible

Since you are a beginner, using hand charts can reduce the pressure of making starting hand selection choices, but don’t rely too much on them. Over-dependence on these charts can make your play predictable and reduce your chances of winning. Be flexible by setting your tone according to the table and reading the room before placing your bets. As you gain more experience, you will be skilled enough to widen your range of starting hands, however, if you’re still a beginner, it’s better to stick with the best hands while maintaining flexibility and caution. You also need to keep in mind that you can’t stick to one single strategy of playing and need to bring in variations since it’ll be easy for your opponents to read your moves.

2. Each Player Is Different

All players are NOT the same. You should not treat each player on the same level. Attention should be paid to your opponent's play style, their cards, and reactions to different circumstances. This will help you read their strategy and make a proper response that will benefit you as the game progresses. These things should be kept in mind as a newbie and will give you an edge over the others.

3. Regulate the Frequency at which you Bluff

A very common misconception about poker is that you need to bluff in order to win. You need to keep in mind that although bluffing time and again is helpful, you shouldn't rely on it too much. Bluffing in poker is not that essential and players should keep in mind the frequency with which they do it. It is okay to sit out a few rounds if you feel the cards in your hand will not do you much good. Reading the room and taking rational amounts of risk is very important as you may land up losing large sums of money for nothing. Don’t worry with enough time and practice you’ll eventually get better at this.

4. Try aggressive play while being patient

One of the best strategies you can adopt is playing aggressively. Look for your opponent's weaknesses by trying to identify their game strategies and pick at it as frequently as possible. Be patient and calculative enough to fold whenever you have hesitation rather than mindlessly betting on every hand you get. Wait for the right time to place those high bets. Folding your cards doesn’t mean you’re not daring enough but can rather help you save those chips for a more valuable round.

5. Play for the Long Term

The element of luck eventually averages out and gets eliminated the longer you play. You need to understand that in just a few rounds the odds may not be in your favor. To keep playing more and more rounds it ultimately boils down to your strategies and your skills of reading other players’ moves and the situations. The longer you play, the better you get at these skills and your calculations. It goes without saying that even before any of these you should be thorough with all the rules and have all the hands memorized. Hope these are helpful for you. Keep calm and have your poker face on!