How To Play Poker For Beginners Guide To The Basic Rules Of Poker Part 1

In this how to play poker for beginners lesson you will learn the basic rules and game processes of poker. The good news is they’re not as complex as you might have been led to believe.

To start it’s best that you restrict yourself to free online poker multi-table free Texas hold em freeroll tournaments. These games can have anywhere from 20 to 250 players at the start, and, more good news for you, the the quality of the competition you’ll come up against in these games is far from, shall we say, “elevated”; the vast majority of free online poker players exist in a world dominated by relatively average play.

So, to start, you login to your free online poker site and go join a game. As mentioned each of these tournaments will have multiple tables. You can divide the number of players by 10, and you’ll know how many tables are a part of the tournament. You round up to eliminate the decimal point, if any; e.g., 68 players divided by 10, equals 6.8, rounded up, means there are 7 tables in the tournament.

Now the online poker software of the site you play at will seat you at a randomly selected table and seat. On any decent free online poker site games start very regularly, maybe every half-hour; 24-7 so initially, don’t be overly concerned about how successful you are in any one game; there’s always another game that you can enter.

Who Wins and How?

Fundamentally, the winner of any 1 hand will be the player who has the best cards.

The outline of the game process is this: 

  • You get 2 cards dealt to you face down, that only you can see. This is followed by a round of “blind” betting; generally, no more than 3 raises to the original bet are permitted; and this restriction of raises will be true in all future rounds of betting.
  • Next, the Dealer will expose 3 cards on the table. These are called community cards, and can be used by all of the players who are participating in the hand.
  • At this point, another round of betting occurs.
  • Then the Dealer will add another card to the community cards; there are now 4 cards that can be used by all of the players who remain in the hand.
  • This is followed by another round of betting.
  • Last, the Dealer will add a 5th card to the community cards. Again followed by another round of betting 

Now lets look at this in more detail:

Your 2 face down cards are known as “Pocket Cards”. They are dealt out, one at a time, left to right, to everyone at the table. You only see your own pocket cards.

  • The Dealer then exposes 3 “community cards” to all players on the table. This stage is known as “The Flop”.
  • When he exposes the 4th “community card”, it’s known as “The Turn” (or, 4th Street).
  • And, when he exposes the 5th “community card”, it’s known as “The River” (or, 5th Street).
  • All 3 to 5 “community cards” that are exposed on the poker table at any one time are known as “The Board”.

Every player who is participating in the hand through the process of betting (if you “folded”, you’re no longer in the hand), attempts to make the best possible five-card hand. 

  • They can use any 5 of the 7 cards that are available to them; one, both, or none of their pocket cards, together with 3, 4, or 5 of the “community cards”.
  • The player with the best 5 card hand wins all of the money that has been bet (The Pot).

The “Dealer Button” is involved in every hand to be played; one of the game’s participants gets the Dealer Button (DB); the selection of the player who first receives the DB is done by the free online poker software. 

  • At a casino, it’s a round disc, about the size of a hockey puck, and the letter D is usually emblazoned on its flat surfaces.
  • At a paid or free online poker site, the software will automatically place a symbol of sorts on your PC screen to identify the DB.
  • And, the position of the Dealer Button on the poker table is important since the 2 players to the left of the DB are forced to place bets before the cards are even dealt out.

Plus, as you’ll come to learn later, after you read the “Building a Bankroll” series of articles, the DB position is the best seat at the table. Additionally, at the end of every hand, the Dealer Button (DB) moves one position to the left; thus, everyone acts as the “virtual dealer” in an Internet game, and, everyone is forced to place “blind” bets.

Blind Bets? What are they?

  • This is how the game starts.
  • The player to the immediate left of the Dealer Button (DB) is compelled to put up the Small Blind (SB).
  • The player to the immediate left of the Small Blind (SB) is compelled to put up the Big Blind (BB).
  • These “blind bets” are placed in the pot, in front of the dealer. This essentially kickstarts the betting, and, it”s all done before anyone has gotten any cards!

This, for the lack of any other rational reason, means that the winner of the hand that’s about to be played, will, at a minimum, collect the small amount of money that has been “forced” into the pot by the blind bets.

In a multi-table freeroll, or any No Limit free online poker tournament game, the size of the Small Blind (SB) and the size of the Big Blind (BB) are very low at the start of the game. And, every player in the game begins the game with the same amount of free online poker faux-money; or, for practical purposes, poker chips.

Usually, in 15 minute intervals, the size of the “blinds” increase.

  • As an example, if the beginning “blinds” were $10 (SB) and $20 (BB), within 15 minutes the “blinds” would change to $20 (SB) and $40 (BB).
  • And, thereafter, as the game progresses, the “blinds” continue to go up every 15 minutes.
  • In the end, at the final table in a tournament (the last remaining 10 players), the “blinds” could easily reach the point of being $2,000 (SB) and $4,000 (BB).

Now don’t be alarmed, the dollar amounts tied to the Small Blinds (SB) and Big Blinds (BB) in the preceding paragraph, during all freeroll games played on free online poker sites are “fictional” amounts of money. It’s not real money. It’s merely a “tournament representation” of money; it’s free online poker faux-money, they’re poker chips, not real dollars.

This is one reason why it is a very good idea to learn to play poker as a beginner on free poker sites, it can get very expensive very quickly if you start on a real money site!

Winning and Money

The good news with a poker tournament is that the 1st place player doesn’t take all the money. Yes, the absolute winner does get a lions share but other players do get a cut too. How many players and how much is determined by the number of players who enter and the size of the pot. You an find out this information before the game starts.

As the game progresses players are knocked out and tables amalgamate. At some point only those who will share the money are left. If you are still in at this stage then you are now “in the money” or “in the bubble” as it is also commonly called.

When just 10 players are left you will be on the “Final Table”, typically to win any decent amount you need to be here even in very large poker tournament though places lower than this can often at least pay back your cost of joining the game if it is a buy in game.

Right at the end with just 2 players left you will be “head to head”…but that is a story for another day!

Summing up How To Play Poker For Beginners Part 1

In this stage we looked at basic game processes. In part 2 we’ll get into more detail on the stages described and look at what you actually physically do and consider some essential basic free online poker strategy.

Pyramid Solitaire: A Strategy Guide For Beginners

Pyramid Solitaire is a fun solitaire game, with a very distinctive opening tableau in the shape of a pyramid. There is a large element of luck involved, but there are certain strategies that can be used to dramatically increase your chances of winning.

The aim of pyramid solitaire is to remove all the cards from the tableau and the talon. Cards are removed in pairs, when their combined total is 13. The exception to this is with Kings, which are removed on their own.

Cards can only be removed when they are completely exposed (ie: When the whole card is visible, with no cards above them)

The combinations of cards you can remove are:

  • Ace and Queen
  • 2 and Jack
  • 3 and 10
  • 4 and 9
  • 5 and 8
  • 6 and 7
  • King

Whilst the rules for pyramid solitaire are quite easy to understand, the game itself offers come interesting complexities. You have to plan out which cards to remove to maximize potential options later in the game. Sometimes you must leave a card for later in the game, or you will create an impasse. And sometimes you have to carefully remember the order of the cards in the talon, or you will have cards left over at the end.

At the start of the game, scan the first four rows, looking for any situations that will make the game impossible to complete. This happens when all the cards that can be combined with a card occur in the triangle below it.

This occurs because a card cannot be selected until all the cards in the triangle below it are removed first.

For example, suppose part of the deal was like this (Taken from Classic Solitaire deal 20064)

   2

  J 9

 Q J 8

6 J 4 J

All of the Jacks occur in the triangle below the top 2. So to expose the top 2, all the Jacks will have to be removed first… But that’s impossible, because the Jacks can only be removed in combination with the 2’s. We will be able to remove three of the Jacks, but we cant ever remove the top Jack, because the 2 it needs is above it.

So if the four combination cards appear in a cards underneath triangle, then the game cannot be finished, and you may as well redeal.

If only three of the combination cards appear in the underneath triangle, then you have discovered a potential impasse later on. Wherever that fourth combination card is, it MUST be combined with the top card. So, if the fourth combination card is in the talon, you must remember this, and be careful not to use it on any card other than the top one.

Another impasse to check for at the beginning, is to see if all the combination cards appear in the triangle above a card.

For example, suppose the deal was like this (Taken from Classic Solitaire deal 3841)

      7

     8 J

    4 2 4

   A 6 8 2

  8 5 9 Q 2

 7 8 9 7 K 4

K A 5 3 Q 6 10

All the 8’s occur in the triangle above the bottom 5, so the game cannot be finished.

This last case doesn’t occur very often though, so it isn’t worth spending too much time checking for it. Just a cursory glance at the middle 3 cards on the bottom row is normally enough.

So to summarize, before we have even started playing, we check to see if the game is winnable (Make sure there are no cases where the four combination cards occur in the triangle below or above a card). We also check for times when three of the combination cards appear below… as these will need special attention, to make sure we don’t waste the fourth card and create an impasse.

So what about general play?

Well, to start with, always remove Kings whenever you can. There is absolutely no reason not to remove the Kings, because they aren’t used in combination with any other cards, so you gain nothing by waiting.

Another thing to consider is that often there is no need to rush. You can cycle through the talon three times, so often it will be better to wait and see what cards are remaining, rather than jump in and remove a combination as soon as you can.

Finally, try and remove cards evenly between the talon and the tableau. Ideally, you want to finish removing cards from the tableau at the same time as the talon is used up.

You still wont be able to win every game of pyramid solitaire with the above strategy, but you should find your probability of winning has greatly increased.

Spider Solitaire: A Strategy Guide For Beginners

Spider solitaire is a well-known solitaire game, which has gained a lot in popularity since Microsoft have started shipping it free with windows. It is very hard though, and many people want to know how they can increase their chances of winning.

The aim of spider solitaire is to build an ascending suit sequence in the foundation

zone. But this is easier said than done! Particularly when playing 4 suit spider, it can

sometimes seem nearly impossible to finish the game.

But there are strategies you can use to dramatically increase your chances of

winning. But before I go into that, a quick note. In this article, I assume you have a

solitaire game that allows multi-undo, and that you don’t mind using it. Some

people don’t have a solitaire program that supports multi-level undo, or feel that

using undo is somehow “cheating”. These people can still get something out of this

article, but not everything they read may apply.

So what is the golden secret to winning spider solitaire?

It’s simple! Empty-Columns are the key!

The first objective of spider solitaire is to get a vacant column. The objective after

that is to try and get another vacant column. Once you have 2 vacant columns, the

game starts to become winnable, but if you can, try and form yet another empty

column. Once you get to 3 or 4 empty columns, you have a very good chance of

winning, unless you get an extremely unlucky run of cards.

Getting The First Empty Column…

The first move you should make in the game is whatever the highest rank card that

can play is. If given a choice, play from the stacks on the right hand side, as the 6

right hand stacks start with one less card.

From then on, play cards in this order or priority:

  1. If a stack is closer to other stacks to being complete, play that card (if you
    can)
  2. If you can’t play from the stack which is closest to being emptied, than play the
    card with the highest rank.
  3. If 2 or more cards have the same high rank, and one of them can be played into
    a same suit sequence, then play that one.

Keep playing like this, until a column is emptied, or you run out of moves

Once a column has been emptied, the focus of the game changes a little. There are

now 3 main objectives, “cleanup”, “re-arrange”, and “expose”.

An overriding principal at this time is to try and keep the empty columns. Vacant

columns give you a lot more choices in the game, and whenever possible, you only

want to fill your empty columns temporarily.

CLEANING UP

The first objective for the second phase of the game is “cleanup”. This is my term

for re-arranging columns so that they become same-suit sequences.

For example, suppose you had 2 columns. The first one has:

  1. 7 Diamonds
  2. 6 Hearts

and the second one has:

  1. 7 Clubs
  2. 6 Diamonds

We can temporarily use the empty column, to rearrange the columns so that these

columns become:

  1. 7 Diamonds
  2. 6 Diamonds

and:

  1. 7 Clubs
  2. 6 Hearts

We do this by moving:

  1. 6 of Diamonds into the empty column
  2. 6 of Hearts onto the 7 of Clubs
  3. 6 Of Diamonds onto the 7 of Diamonds

The main thing to note here, is that after we have finished cleaning up this

sequence, the empty column is still vacant. This is critical, because we always need

to keep our columns empty when possible.

RE-ARRANGING

After we have cleaned up any sequences we can find, the next objective is to re-

arrange any columns. This is simply moving any sequences we can, to form longer

sequences. If moving the sequence will expose a new card (or a card that is not part

of the sequence), then we always move it. The rest of the time it’s a judgement call,

based on whether the new sequence will be the same suit, as well as what other

cards are holding up the game at the moment.

EXPOSING

Lastly, we try and expose new cards, whilst trying to maintain our empty column.

We do this by using multi-level undo:

  • Move a card/sequence into the empty column, which exposes a new card.
  • If the new card allows us to move the original sequence back do so.

If the new exposed card does not allow us to move it back, try moving a different

card/sequence instead. If you can’t expose any new cards whilst keeping the vacant

column, then try dealing some cards from the talon.

The most important thing is to create empty columns, and try and keep them

empty! Now, will these strategies help you to win every game? No, they won’t. Are

there better strategies? Yes, and you’ll probably come up with some of your own as

you play the game some more. But the strategies above should prove a good

foundation to help you start winning more games.

Beginner’s Guide to Online Casino Gambling

Unarguably Internet is the buzz word today, be it shopping, searching for information, or casino gambling. Internet casino gambling is now a several billion dollar industry and is continuously growing globally at an incredible rate. More and more people gamble at online casinos, for the advantages that they offer. It is highly convenient and satisfying to sit in front of the computer, and enjoy online casino gambling and win real cash without wasting gasoline to reach the casino. Also, no one can force you to wager more money, when you don’t feel like playing. The online casino gambling sites around the world allow you to play your favorite casino-style games like roulette, online poker, blackjack, casino slots, crap, etc. with the convenience of sitting at home. To understand online casino gambling better, read the following beginner’s guide to online casino gambling:

Selecting Reliable Online Casino: Biggest myth about Internet casinos is that they are considered illegal and unauthorized which is so untrue. Most of the online casinos are licensed and deal in fair online gaming. To select a reliable online casino gaming site it is very essential to check the credibility and affiliated websites. Register only with licensed gambling websites that assure fair gaming options.

Selecting Casino Games: Various casino games are Blackjack, Roulette, Crap, Slots, Poker, Baccarat, and Keno Fun Games. You can select the casino game according to your skills, choice, knowledge, etc. Make sure you know the rules of the game you would like to play online. Also, some websites offer tips and strategies to help you win and play better. You can also read some good casino gambling books to learn the basics of casino gambling.

Choose Casino with the Best Bonus System: Bonuses are usually given to the gambling beginners, when they sign up with a casino or poker room. Generally, online casinos offer sign up bonuses, no deposit, and free slots bonuses. They also offer refresh and loyalty bonuses to the existing players. The beginners must review various bonuses given by various sites to find the best bonuses available. The best bonuses are the ones with low wager requirements.

What are the Basic Requirements for Casino Gambling: The first requirement is visiting the casino website and downloading their software. The next step is to set up an account, where the gambler will deposit money for betting. The amount that you deposit is entirely upto you and will be used to buy chips for online wagering. At times, online casinos also provide services for depositing money and bonuses for getting started. The information that you provide to the online casinos is encrypted for security reasons, so complete the formalities and start enjoying the game.

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