Poker FAQ

Poker FAQ for Beginners

In this article we will answer the most frequently asked questions in poker. There are so many questions beginners ask so hopefully you will find your answer in our poker FAQ.

Poker FAQ
What is the best hand possible in Texas Holdem?

A Royal flush is the best hand possible. This is extremely unlikely to obtain. I have played millions of hands and only had it twice in almost two decades of playing. The best starting hand is two aces AKA pocket aces.

What are the blinds?

The blinds are forced bets. There are two, the small blind and the big blind, both to the left of the dealer button. The big blind is usually double the small blind. These forced bets help create action.

What is the difference between cash games and tournaments?

A cash game involves static blinds e.g. £1/£2 and involve cash. Tournaments have a fixed fee to enter, you are paid based on where you finish, i.e. the higher the place the more money you make. The blinds go up at timed levels in tournaments. These two different forms of poker are radically different and require different mindsets.

What is the worst possible starting hand?

7-2 Offsuit is mathematically the worst possible hand to start with.

What is a straight draw?

A straight draw is when you have four cards to a straight (five cards in sequential order) and one more will complete your straight. There are two types of straight draws, open ended where you have 4 in a row and need one card either side or gutshot straight draw, where only one card can help you.

What is a flush draw?

Similar to straight draw but four cards of the same suit and one more of suite needed to complete your flush (five cards of the same suit).

What is the river?

The river is the 5th and final community card. It is the last round of betting where the pot must be won if it hasn’t already.

What happens if my opponent bets more than what I have?

Contrary to old movies, you can call all your chips without having to borrow to meet your opponents bet. If he bets £100 and you have £90 and call, he simply takes back the extra £10.

What is a freeroll?

These are tournaments that cost nothing to enter. They usually reward you with loyalty points or cash. They typically have many entrants.

What is a bad beat?

A bad beat occurs when you lose a pot where you were a significant favourite. Many players are quick to cry bad beat when it’s in fact quite close mathematically.

What is the dealer button?

The dealer button signifies the last position to act post flop and also where the blinds will be. It moves round the table clockwise at the close of every hand. You are not required to deal if you are on the dealer button. It is the most favourable position at the table as you get to act last on every round after the flop.

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Narciso Baldo is the Director of Texas Hold'em Questions and Head Coach too. He has been playing poker for over 16 years. After spending many years as a professional, he now runs UK poker training site Texas Hold'em Questions. Narciso regularly writes poker articles sharing tips, strategy, news and experience with gambling enthusiasts. Narciso also guest writes for reputable gambling portal Casino City Times, (bio here). Contact: