How To Play:

LEARN HOW TO PLAY POKER


The Poker Gold Series is a tournament where the newbies and the champs stand an equal chance to win. It’s all in the strategy, so make sure you know all the key points. Here’s a quick guide that might come in handy.

PART 1:
HAND RANKINGS
Learning the hierarchy of hands is important—understand what beats what, so you can strategize better. Given below are the 10 hand rankings that govern all Poker games, be it Texas Hold’em, Omaha or Crazy Pineapple.

1. Royal Flush

Poker’s most famous hand, a royal flush, cannot be beaten. It consists of the ace, king, queen, jack and ten of a single suit.

2. Straight Flush

Five cards in sequence, of the same suit. In the event of a tie, the highest rank at the top of the sequence wins.

3. Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same rank, and one side card or ‘kicker’. In the event of a tie, the player with the highest side card (‘kicker’) wins.

4. Full House

Three cards of the same rank, and two cards of a different, matching rank. In the event of a tie, the highest three matching cards wins.

5. Flush

Five cards of the same suit, not in sequence. In the event of a tie, the player holding the highest ranked card wins.

6. Straight

Five non-suited cards in sequence. In the event of a tie, the highest-ranking card at the top of the sequence wins.

7. Three of a Kind

Three cards of the same rank, and two unrelated side cards. In the event of a tie, the player with the highest, and if necessary, second-highest side card (‘kicker’) wins.

8. Two Pair

Two cards of matching rank, two cards of different matching rank, and one kicker. If both players have an identical Two Pair, the highest kicker wins.

9. Pair

Two cards of matching rank, and three unrelated side cards. In the event of a tie, the player with the highest, and if necessary, second or third-highest side card wins.

10. High Card

Any hand that does not qualify under the categories listed. In the event of a tie, the highest card wins, such as ‘ace-high’.


PART 2:
THE ACTION ON TABLE

Call:

Matching the latest highest bet in a round.

Raise:

Making a bigger bet than the highest bet made by another player in a betting round.

Check:

Passing the action to the next player clockwise without putting money in the pot.

Bet:

Wagering money on the table

Fold:

Stop playing the hand


PART 3:
BETTING ROUNDS
Regardless of the variant, the betting rules remain the same in all variants of Poker.

Pre-Flop

After the cards are dealt, the first betting round (pre-flop) begins clockwise starting from the player sitting immediately left to the big blind (Under The Gun). They make their move (call the big blind, fold their cards, raise the bet) based on the strength of their hole cards. After their turn, the player on the left makes their move. The betting round continues the same way and ends when everyone has either put equal chips in the pot or folds. In the pre-flop round, only the player at the big blind position can ‘check’.

Flop

After the pre-flop round, 3 community cards are dealt face-up on the table and the next round of betting commences.

Turn

One more card is dealt and the third round of betting begins.

River

The final community card is dealt and the final round of betting starts. Anytime during the game, if all but one player fold their cards, the remaining player becomes the winner. At the Showdown, all active players reveal their cards and the best five-card combination wins the pot.