Poker can be a tough game to play, but it is a lot of fun and a great test of skill. A good poker player must be able to adapt quickly and rely on a variety of weapons to win.
Getting Started with Poker
One of the first things you should do when starting out at a poker table is learn the game’s terminology. This will help you understand what is happening on the table and how the players are acting.
1. Ante (pronounced ‘an’):
A small bet that all players are required to make before each hand is dealt. The ante gives the pot a value right off the bat and prevents players from stealing chips.
If you think your hand is strong, raise it. This will scare weaker players into folding, narrow the field, and raise the stakes.
If your hand is good, but you don’t have the cards you want to make a winning hand, bluff your opponents. This will force them to raise, call or fold and give you a chance to see a fourth card that can improve your hand.
If you’re holding a good hand and the flop comes down with two Aces and a King, it is very common to check. If someone calls, you could then raise and get a big re-raise. It is also called sandbagging, as you are trying to build up a big pot without betting it.