Poker is a game that suits both beginners and advanced players. If you want to dip your toes in the water, you can even play with play money and learn the rules before you play or real money.

Essentially, poker is a set of card games that share common hand types, but are slightly different in ruleset. For example, the most popular game, Texas Hold’em, has community cards that can be used by any player. However, 7-card Stud has no community cards, but some of your cards are visible to other players.

Hand Types

The main rule of Poker is to make the best 5-card hand you possibly can. Each type of hand has a ranking, with a ‘High Card’ being the worst, and a ‘Royal Flush’ being the best;

Poker Hands

Poker Variants

There are many variants of Poker, however, there are some that are a lot more popular than others. These are;

Texas Hold’em

Each player receives two ‘whole’ cards, and then there are five community cards dealt that everyone can use to make the best five-card hand they can. These come out in different stages known as the Flop (3 cards), the River (1 card) and the Turn (1 card). There is a betting round in between each card release.

7-Card Stud

Similar to Texas Hold’em, 7-card stud there are cards shown to the whole table, however, this time only you can use them. Each player is dealt a total of 7 cards, but there 3 that are private to the player and 4 that are shown to everyone else also. The same rules apply, make the best five-card hand you can out of the 7 you are dealt.


There are many ways to play Poker, and we’ve only scratched the surface with this – after this taster you can read our more advanced guides to get a more rounded understanding of Poker and each of its variants.