The Rules

Basic Table Navigation and Rules

Poker is one of the most popular table games to play and one reason that adds to its reputation is that you have very basic equipment needs.

The game can be placed on virtually any table but there are proper Poker tables for more serious players. These are either stand-alone tables or fold-out surfaces that sit on top of ordinary tables and they generally have a green felt cover which makes it easier to pick up cards. There is a cushioned border on the table that’s referred to as the rail, that’s where players rest their arms. Between this cushion and the green felt is the racetrack, which is the place to keep drinks. Poker tables are ordinarily oval shaped and the dealer faces the players. In amateur games the shape of the table is immaterial because the dealer rotates and a button or marker keeps track of who the dealer is. Quality cards are essential and a normal deck of 52 cards is used. A variety of chips are required and they are stored in a chip rack in front of the dealer.

While there are a huge variety of games the basic rules are the same. Players begin by putting a wager into a central pot and then they are dealt five cards face down. A player will bet according to the strength of their cards or will abandon their cards if they have a bad hand. A series of betting rounds commence and chips are continually added to the pot. At the end of the betting the player with the strongest hand wins the pot. Poker is one of the most fun casino games to play and watch.  Many people choose to play Poker online and at a land based casino for entertainment and as a way to make money.