Poker is a card game with many variations. One of the most popular today, thanks to the popular “World Series of Poker” tournament, is Texas-Hold’em. The game starts with the two players to the left of the dealer placing out a predetermined amount of money called “blinds.” The dealer then deals each player 2 cards from a standard deck of cards. Everyone looks at their cards, and then places an initial bet based on the quality of these two cards. At this point you can call, raise, or fold.
The dealer then discards the top card from the deck and places three cards face-up on the table. These cards are called the “flop.” Everyone can use the flop cards along with their two personal cards to build their hand. At this point there is another round of betting where you can again choose to call, raise, or fold. The dealer then turns over one more card, called the “turn” card. Another round of betting ensues and then the dealer turns over the final card known as the “river.”
You then use the 5 community cards and your own two cards to determine who has the best hand. The player with the best hand wins.
Texas Hold’em and other poker games are all pretty easy to learn how to play but require you to practice a lot to improve your game. The one great advantage to playing on the internet is that you can bluff your opponents much easier than many people can in person.