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Betting-In most poker games you start the betting with an ante just to get the cards dealt. The ante is dependent upon who you are playing with, a friendly game would usually have an ante of a penny, nickels, or dime. The money is put in the center of the table and is called the pot. At the end of a hand the highest hand, of the players that remain (some may have folded), wins the pot.

You have three choices when the betting gets to you (betting is handled in a clockwise order) and here they are:

Call-betting enough to match what has been bet since the last time you bet. An example would be if you bet 25 cents and somebody than bid 35 cents when to you would owe 10 cents . If you Call then you would put the amount that you owed into the pot and you would stay in the hand.

Raise-when you raise you first put enough in the pot to match what has already been bet and then you would raise the pot by putting an additional amount in (a friendly game would usually have a limit to how much money you could raise). So lets say the initial bet was 25 cents, you would have to put in 25 cents and than say I'll raise you another 25 cents. Now the other players will either Call, Raise, or fold.

Fold-dropping out of the current hand and losing the possibility of winning the pot. You don't have to put money in and you would only lose the ante, if its on the first turn, or whatever you put in the pot later. As the Kenny Rodgers song says, "you gotta know when to fold them." Sometimes it is just better to get out then waste good money on bad cards.

Betting is always dependent on the people you are playing with and the rules that they prescribe. Games between friends should always have low limits set on the ante, the amount you could raise, and the top amount the pot could grow to. These rules are best because winning a big pot is never worth losing a friend over. So set the ante at a nickel, the raises at a quarter, and don't let the pot go over a few dollars. This is the best way to handle a friendly game.

A quick example of a game of Five Card Draw

Everyone puts in the ante and five cards are dealt face down to each player. Then a round of betting occurs. Then the player can discard up to three cards (4 if your last card is an ace or a wild card, this rule is set by the players) and get (from the deck) as many new cards as they discarded. Then there is another round of betting, and then hands are revealed and the highest hand wins the pot.

There are the basics, use them wisely, learn the strategy of poker, and have fun. Test your poker skill at any online casino, most have free games. Try CasinoElDorado.com or CasinoAqua.com.

Table Games School Lessons
Lesson 1: Poker History
Where did this card game come from? How did it get its name? Find out here.
Lesson 2: Poker Rules
The basics and the variations. Rules and regulations… How do you play Poker anyways?
Lesson 3: Poker Hands
So you know the basics, find out what hand wins over what… Does a straight beat 3 Aces?
Lesson 4: Poker Betting
“You gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold then”… and when to raise!
Lesson 5: Poker Strategy
Learn how to play and point to follow to play smart
Lesson 6: Poker Vocabulary
Impress your buddies on Poker night, with High Roller lingo.
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