Know Your Poker Basics

Understanding Poker and card games is the beginning of success in your game play. It all starts with knowing the basics, the game play, and how to win. After all, isn’t winning the objective?


Poker traces its history to the ancient bluffing game played by Germans called ‘pochen’. The game was later adapted by the French and called ‘pocque’. The civil war of 1830 led to a refining of the game play and Poker as we know it today started in earnest. Players at home and in casinos added a money perspective to the game. With the advent of the Internet, online casinos started offering Poker as a game, hence this article.

Luck or Strategy?

Poker is a game of luck and strategy. There is a disagreement as to whether Poker is more about luck or calculations. Further, there are people who insist that Poker is primarily about psychology. When playing against human opponents, psychology does come in handy. When playing against a computer, luck and strategy are the safer bets. The best poker players in the world are cold strategists. It therefore does not hurt to have a plan to your game play.


The basic poker hand has 5 cards. There are over 10 ways of winning. The most sought after is the straight flush, which is when a player has 5 cards in sequence from the same suit. An example is having 6,7, 8, 9,10 from the suit Spades. Other winning hands include five of a kind, the straight flush, four of a kind, and three of a kind. You can learn more about these by reading various resources as they require careful and in-depth understanding.

Playing Poker and cards should be done responsibly. Never bet an amount that you are not prepared to lose.