Getting Started in Poker


Poker is a game of wits, strategy and skill (though when it comes to betting, luck has a lot to do with it). You don’t need to be a famous poker player or a math whiz to play poker well and win money. You just need to follow a few tips.

Getting Started

When you’re starting out, it’s best to start at the lowest stakes possible. This way, you won’t be risking a lot of money and can learn the rules of poker without giving away your hard-earned cash to more experienced players. Eventually, as you improve and build up your bankroll, you can move up the stakes.

A Good Poker Strategy

There are many different poker games, but most of them share the same basic underlying rules and betting structure. Once the cards have been dealt, a betting round takes place in which each player must decide whether or not to continue the hand by placing chips into the pot.

The main factors in a poker game are the strength of your hand, your position at the table and the size of each raise. Depending on the bet sizing, you should adjust your hand selection and play style (when short stacked, for example, you should play fewer speculative hands and prioritize high card strength). The table conditions also influence how much value you get from a particular hand, such as the difference between top pair and two overcards vs. three overcards.