Poker Rules Introduction
Poker is the most popular card game in the world, played in numerous countries by people of all ages, for many and varied amounts of money.
Regardless of whether it is played for matchsticks at the kitchen table, in a friendly Friday night game, or by strangely-dressed professional players who do nothing else but play online poker for vast amounts of money, everyone wants to be a "good player".
The only way to find out how good you really are, is to play other "good players", and this is the place to find them!
But we all have to start somewhere, so read on and learn the basics of the game...
All poker games use a standard 52 card deck, and the cards are ranked as follows: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace. (Aces count as both high and low). There is no strength in the suits of the cards, they are equal apart from a couple of minor situations (like deciding who deals the very first hand).
The aim is to create the best five card hand possible out of the cards you are dealt, in accordance with the appropriate hand ranking from high to low.
To find out more about hand rankings, please head to our poker hands section.
For information about poker terminology, please head to our extensive Poker Glossary.
Learn how to play Poker
To learn how to play poker games on offer at Ladbrokes Poker, please head for our step-by-step guides:
- Texas Hold’em poker
- Omaha poker
- Omaha Hi Lo Poker
- Seven Card Stud Poker
- Razz Seven Card Stud Poker
- Five Card Stud Poker
- Multi-Table Tournament Poker
- Single-Table-Tournament Poker
- Poker Cash Tables