Learning how to play Poker in Canada in 2017 is easier than ever. Poker is an easy-to-understand casino game that offers players the chance to win some massive real money jackpots. Learn how to play poker here.
Learn and memorize the ten most common and basic five-card hands. (A list of the different hands are listed later in this article.)
Join a game and place a bet. Placing a bet is known as a “chip in”. When placing the first chip/coin/cash, it is called “Placing the ante”. This is the agreed token bet that primes the pot and gets all the players interested in winning.
The dealer then shuffles the deck of cards (of which the jokers have been removed). After the shuffle, the dealer then starts handing out cards to players, starting at their far left and moving clockwise around the table. This goes on until each player has five cards, face-down, in front of them.
Players then get a chance to look at the cards they have been dealt. This is usually when players look for a “tell” in other players. A “tell” is an involuntary movement or reaction by some players when they are dealt a good or bad hand. Some players go to extraordinary lengths to hide their tell, or to create false tells, in order to “bluff” other players.
Next, the game opens up, and players are given the chance to bet. In flop-style poker games (like Texas Hold’em), the player to the left of the dealer is then required to make the ‘small blind’ bet, and the player to their left, the ‘big blind’ bet.
Players can also choose to ‘check’ for one round, which means they do not want to make a second wager and will choose to stay with what they have in the pot. If every player checks, players are then given the chance to discard three of their cards and have the dealer give them three new cards instead.
Players can also choose to ‘Fold’, whereby they leave round and won’t have to make any more wagers. Any money already wagered is forfeited to the pot. If players raise, the next player in line has to either match their bet, raise it, or fold. If a player wants to fold, they put all the cards face down on the table and push it toward the dealer or the rejected cards.
The round is repeated, and players are given a last chance to bet, either by raising or calling a bet, or to fold.
The game then proceeds into what is called “the showdown”. This is when all the players left in the game show their hands to the table, by placing all the cards face up on the table. Players usually do this clockwise from left, and not all at the same time.
The player with the best hand is then declared the winner of the round, and the entire pot goes to them. In the event of a draw, the pot is split.
*This step-by-step guide was an example of how to play traditional three-card draw poker, one of the most popular versions and played around the world.
How to Play Poker with Chips
Playing poker with chips is the traditional way of enjoying one of the world’s favorite casino games. Playing poker with chips can be done for real money or for fun, depending on the situation. When playing for real money, players buy a set number of chips, depending on their budget.
Each chip then represents a monetary value. Chips can range from $1 to $1 000 000. Chips make it much safer for players at a land-based casino, reducing the risk of players getting robbed for the cash they have with them.
At the start of the round, one player will be required to make either a ‘small blind’ or ‘big blind’ bet, before they have even seen their cards. This will set the tone for the rest of the wagers made during the round.
Players can then cash out their chips in exchange for cash at the end of the game.
How to Play Poker without Chips
The aim of Poker has always been to play for prizes. Anything and everything has been wagered, though almost no reputable casino will allow players to wager anything but cash in the form of chips.
But, what if you want to play without chips?
Well, players can substitute any other item, and assign a value to each item, and use that to wager.
Players who just want to play for fun can then return those items to their rightful owners after the game.
Players who don’t want to wager with any chips or substitute can simply hand out cards, and see who has the higher hand, though this takes out a lot of the thrills of the game.
How to Play Poker in Canada – Hands in Poker
In any game of Poker, the outcome of a round is determined by the cards each player hold in their hand. The player with the best cards, ie. ‘the high hand’ is declared the winner.
These are the different winning hands in a game of Poker, ranked from worst to best.
Note: If a kicker card is used to determine the winner between two hands, and both players have the same kicker card, the pot is split between the two players.
High Card Hand
If none of the players at the table has a winning combination hand, the winner is determined by the player with the high card. This is not an all-too-common occurrence.
A hand that has two cards of the same value. If two players have the same ‘one pair’, the player with the high card is declared the winner.
A hand that has two pairs of the same cards (eg. 2x Kings and 2x 8s). If two players have a ‘two pair’ hand, the player with the highest card in the pair is declared the winner. If two players have the exact same two pair, the kicker card is used to choose the winner.
Three of a Kind
A hand that is made up of three cards of the same value, with two cards that are different, ie. 3x Kings, a Jack, and a 7.
A hand of five cards, all in sequence, but that are not of the same suit. The sequence can start at any number.
A hand of five cards, not in sequence, but that are all of the same suit.
A Full House is a hand of three cards of the same value, along with two other cards of the same value. This combination can be of any two values, though if two players have a Full House, the hand with the higher three cards will be declared the winner. For example, a hand of 3x Kings and 2x 3s is referred to as “Kings full of threes”, and a hand of 3x Aces and 2x 7s is called “Aces full of sevens”.
Four of a Kind
A hand of four cards of the same value, and all four suits. If two players have Four of a Kind, the hand with the higher face value card is the winner.
The second-best hand a player can have in a game of Poker. A Straight Flush is a combination of five cards, all in sequence, and all of the same suit. The combination can start at any number and go up. No suit is more valuable than another, so if two players have a Straight Flush of the same numbers, but of different suits, the pot is split.
A Royal Flush is the best, and rarest hand a player can get in a game of Poker. A Royal Flush can be of any suit. This hand consists of a 10, Jack, Queen, King, and an Ace. In the unlikely event that two players have a Royal Flush, the pot is split.
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