Unlike some games where the highest hand wins, Poker requires skill to win. The game can be played with two or more players and betting is done by each player in turn, taking into account the strength of their hand. The winner of a particular hand receives all the bets placed during that hand, referred to as the pot. The winning player can also drop out of the hand, referred to as folding.
The cards are shuffled and dealt out to each player face up one by one, starting with the player to the left of the dealer. When the first jack appears, the player who holds that card becomes the dealer for the next deal. Once all players have their 2 hole cards, a round of betting begins with 2 mandatory bets, called blinds put into the pot by the two players to the left of the dealer.
After the flop is revealed, another round of betting takes place. This is when it’s important to keep in mind that there are 3 ways to create a poker hand:
Being aggressive in poker is an essential strategy, however, aggression must be used intelligently and within reason. The aim is to build a large pot and make the other players think twice about calling your bets if you don’t have a strong hand. It’s also important to observe your opponents and learn their tells – their eye movements, idiosyncrasies, hand gestures etc.