How to play Poker
In this guide, we will introduce you to one of the most popular card games in the world. Poker is easy to learn, and this is also the reason why it is well liked for both beginners and advanced players.
“Normal poker”, where players compete against each other, is not always available in online casinos. Because of poker’s popularity, it has its own platforms where it is the only game available. This is the perfect place for players to meet online, and find a variety of different poker types. Video poker on the other hand is very normal at online casinos. The difference is that you play against a computer, and not real people. You can read more about video poker by clicking on the link here, or in the menu section called How to play.
In poker, you must use five cards, some of which may be the so-called community cards, i.e. cards that are common to all players. Out of the five cards, the winner is the player with the better composition of the cards than the other players. There are 10 combinations of cards, they rank as follows:
Royal Straight Flush: (also known as a Royal Flush): Five cards from 10 to ace in the same suit (e.g. 10, jacks, queen, king, ace of spades) If two players achieve this, the winner is determined, in certain games on the suit, otherwise there is a split pot (i.e. shared pot)
Straight flush: Five cards in sequence of the same suit (e.g. 4,5,6,7,8 of hearts) (with two straight flushes, the winner is determined by the highest card in the order)
Four even: (four of a kind): four identical cards (e.g. four jacks). If two players have four of a kind, the winner is first determined by the highest four. If these are the same (can only be found at community cards), the so-called "low kicker", i.e. the fifth card, determines the winner.
Full house: a set of three cards plus a pair (e.g. three 7s and two 4s) (at two full houses, the winner is determined by the highest set of three cards, then by who has the highest pair)
Flush: five cards of the same suit but not in order (e.g. 2,4,7,8, and queen of diamonds) (if two flushes, the winner is determined by the highest card in the suit)
Straight: five cards in order that are not in the same suit (e.g. 8,9,10, jack, queen in different suits) (by two straights the winner is determined on the one with the highest card in the sequence)
Three of a kind: Three even cards (e.g. three 9s) (if two players have three of a kind, the winner is first determined by who has the highest three, then by who has the highest card besides these (possibly also by the second highest).
Two pairs: Two sets of even cards (e.g. two aces and two 5). If two players have two pairs, the winner is determined by who has the highest pair, then by who has the highest second pair, and finally who has the highest fifth card.
One pair: Two even cards (e.g. two kings). If two players have one pair, the winner is determined who has the highest pair, then by who has the highest card besides this, then the highest fourth card and lastly the highest fifth card.
High card: Highest card (e.g. ace) The winner is determined by the highest card working down on the cards.
The decision of the winner
In poker, like in many other online gambling games, it is about winning as much money as possible. This is done by running "betting rounds", that is, rounds where bets are made. You can either start a bet, accept one (call), raise one (raise) or jump out (fold). When all the players who do not want to fold have accepted the bet, the game begins. Depending on the game type, this round is followed by later rounds with new bets. If everyone does not choose to fold, the remaining players at the end of the game must show their cards and the winner will be settled. The winning player will then get all the money, called "the pot".
If there is no winner, because everyone has equal cards, the pot is split, also called split-pot.
If a player in a round does not have enough money to call a bet, he may choose to go all-in. In this way, the player throws his/hers last money in and has the opportunity to win anyway. However, because he/her does not have the opportunity to win more money than his/hers bet, all bets over the all-in amount will be placed in a separate pool called a "side pot" and the other money will be placed in the main pot. The players who wish to continue to bet can do this. Should two players go all-in with different amounts, there will be more side pots.