It’s not nearly as hard to learn how to play simple poker as many people think. There are two styles about basic poker rules, generally: Stud Poker and Draw Poker. The rules for both games are exactly the same and both are discussed here. At Stud Poker, five cards (or seven for some games) are dealt to each player. Players then determine their hands’ relative strength, and wager chips accordingly. If someone else is able to suit the player’s bet, the player who bets the most chips wins. The two (or more) remaining players must reveal their cards in that case. All chips win the best deck. At Draw Poker, five cards are dealt to each player, and a betting round ensues. The remaining players can then seek to upgrade their hands by exchanging as many as three cards from the deck for a new three. When a player has an Ace, if he so chooses he may swap all four of his other cards.

The betting rounds in this basic poker rules work like this: Starting at the dealer’s left, each player has four options:

  • Raise — A player who thinks he’s got a good hand (or wants the other players to think he’s got a good hand), may raise the wager he needs to keep playing.
  • Fold — A player who does not think his hand is good enough to win, and who does not want to wager the increased sum, may lay down his cards. He can’t win the game but he won’t lose any chips either.
  • Call — When a player increases the stakes, each player has to decide whether to increase the stakes again, give in and fold his hand, or call, which means equal to the sum wagered by the rising player.
  • Check — If no one has raised the wager that is needed to proceed, a player will stand pat by checking or passing on his betting choice.

Although there are many types of poker games, virtually all of them have the same basic poker rules. Each player is usually dealt five or seven cards. Players seek to shape the best possible 5-card poker hand (see below). There’s the same hierarchy of hands for any poker game, except the stronger hands are rarer except harder to hit than the weaker hands. They rank individual cards from best to worst. A card’s rank also breaks the tie when two players reach the same hand. The As is the most precious coin. From there it goes in order of descent: King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 , 3 , 2.

Purpose. Play these games together, with no chips or money, and let the children try to master recognizing the hands and playing properly. Older children also only enjoy playing for chips, with no money attached to them. It is enough enough to win by possessing the largest stack.

Register for awards. Some of the things about basic poker rules that older kids appreciate is all the cool stuff that goes with it. When you bust out a green felt and real poker chips and make a fun home game feel like an exhibition, they will love it. Don’t make the chips worth any money, but give the individual ending up with the most chips a small reward. Your whole family is going to be having a wonderful time.