A Poker Primer


As a game of chance, Poker is not for the faint of heart. However, with betting and the psychology of poker, the game does gain some skill and complexity. This basic primer is meant as a quick introduction to the game and its rules. The more advanced primer provides the players with some additional information. Let’s take a look at these important aspects of poker:

In poker, the term “overcard” refers to any card that is higher than any other card on the board. For example, if the flop shows a pair of sevens, a player would have a hand of eights. However, the flop might show three suits, which means no flush. An example of an overcard would be a 10-9. In this situation, the player to the left of the dealer acts first if he has a lowcard. If this is the case, the player to the left can open for a full bet.

In a game of Poker, every player has the right to establish a kitty. This fund is built by cutting a low denomination chip from each pot where the player has raised more than once. The kitty belongs to all players and is used to purchase new decks of cards or to buy food. Players who remain in the game are entitled to receive their share of the kitty’s chips. However, those who leave the game before the game has finished are not entitled to them.