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‘I really want to get into poker but I don’t know how to play. Where to start?’

If you are a beginner looking for the perfect answer to the question, you have reached the perfect place.

Poker is one of the most interesting and revered games of mental skills.

At Adda52 - India’s largest online poker site, you will get all the information you need before hitting the game tables. This one-stop beginner’s guide will help you learn how to play the ultimate game of wits and strategies right away.

How to Play Poker

There are 13 ranks (high to low - Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2) in 4 suits (Clubs ♣, Diamonds ♦, Spades ♠, Hearts ♥) in a standard deck of 52 cards. All suits are equal in value that means Ace of ♣ is equal to Ace of ♥ diamonds.

To win in poker, you need to form a hand according to the hand ranking rules.


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The hand ranking helps you understand which hand is superior to the others. It is used to determine the best hand (combination of 5 cards) at showdown. Regardless of whether you are playing Texas Hold’em, Omaha, or Crazy Pineapple, hand ranking rules remain the same. A hand of the highest category beats any hand of the lowest category.


Poker Hand Ranking ( highest to lowest)

Five highest possible cards of the same suit in a sequence.
Any five cards of the same suit in numerical order.
Four cards of equal rank. The fifth card (kicker)can be of any value.
Three cards of the same rank with any two cards of another rank.
Any five cards of the same suit.
Five cards of different suits but in numerical order.
Three cards of the same rank and 2 unrelated cards.
Two different pairs of cards and 1 unrelated card.
Two cards of the same rank and three unrelated cards.
When comparing two such types of hands, the hand with the best-possible high card wins.

Poker Action on Table




Matching the latest highest bet in a round.



Making a bigger bet than the highest bet made by another player in a betting round.



Passing the action to the next player clockwise without putting money in the pot.



Wagering money on the table



Stop playing the hand


Betting Rounds

Regardless of the variant, the betting rules remains the same. In Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Crazy Pineapple, and Hold’em ++ games, there are following betting rounds -

  1. Pre-Flop - After cards dealing, the first betting round (pre-flop) begins clockwise starting from the player sitting immediate left to the big blind (Under The Gun). He makes his move (call the big blind, fold his cards, raise the bet) on the basis of the strength of his hole cards. After his turn, the player left to him acts. The betting round continues the same way and ends when everyone has either put equal chips in the pot or folds. In the pre-flop round, only the player at the big blind position can ‘check’.
  2. Flop - After the pre-flop round, 3 community cards are dealt face-up on the table and the next round of betting commences.
  3. Turn - One more card is dealt and the third round of betting begins.
  4. River - The final community card is dealt and the final round of betting starts.

Anytime during the game, if all but one player fold their cards, the remaining player becomes the winner.

At the Showdown, all active players reveal their cards and the best five-card combination wins the pot.



Poker can be played in a lot of different ways. With time, It has evolved itself into numerous forms all over the world. Adda52 hosts all insanely popular poker variants which you can enjoy playing with real cash as well as freeroll chips.

Let us introduce you to the world of some of the most scintillating and best-loved poker games -


Texas Holdem


Learn How to Play Texas Holdem Poker: The most popular variant of poker is Texas Hold'em in which you need to form the best five-card combination out of the two hole cards dealt with you privately and five common cards dealt on the table.


Pot Limit Omaha


Learn How to Play Pot Limit Omaha: Omaha is a community card game in which you need to form the winning five-hand combination by using exactly 2 of your hole cards in hand with 3 of the community cards dealt on the table. In the pot limit version of Omaha, the betting amount is capped to the money already present in the pot.


Omaha Hi-Low


Learn How to Play Omaha Hi-Low: Hi/Lo version of Omaha is a split pot game in which a player forming the best high hand wins half of the pot and one who forms the best qualifying low hand as per a set of rules wins the other half of the money in the pot.


Crazy Pineapple


Learn How to Play Crazy Pineapple: Its simpleness is deceptive. Crazy Pineapple is the game with a ‘crazy’ twist. Here, the player is dealt three hole cards instead of two and he needs to discard 1 hole card after the flop round and play the next rounds with the other 2 cards. He has to make the decision which card to throw and which to keep to form the best hand without seeing the board. Other than that, the rest of the rules are pretty similar to Texas Hold’em.




Learn How to Play Hold’em ++: Hold’em ++ is a relatively new poker variant introduced by Adda52 that is rapidly gaining popularity among Indian poker lovers. In this format, instead of one card each at the fourth and fifth street, the player receives 2 cards each. The rules to play and betting format is similar to Texas Hold’em. You need to create the best five-card hand as per the hand ranking rules. The player with the best hand wins the pot.


Q. How long does it take to learn to play poker?UpDown

A. Poker is a game of the wits. The Fundamentals of poker can be learned in no more than 5 minutes but mastering the game is a never ending process as it requires constant strategizing and learning new tricks of the trade. Thus, it is safe to say that the game can be learnt in 5 minutes but requires a lifetime to master. 

Q. What is the easiest poker game to learn?UpDown

A. The easiest poker variant to learn is Teax Hold’em. Apart from being the most popular poker game variant, it is also the easiest to easiest to learn and master. 

Q. How much money do you start with in Texas Holdem?UpDown

A. You don't need a specific amount of money to start playing Texas Holdem. Most poker platforms nowadays provide players a free signup bonus with which they can start playing at zero cost.

Q. Which card suit is highest in poker?UpDown

A. Spades is regarded as the highest suit in poker followed by hearts, diamond and clubs.

Q. Can I win money playing poker?UpDown

A. Yes, you can win a huge amount of money playing poker if you play by using a well formulated strategy and constantly build up your skill set to improve your game. Because of this reason, a lot of people are moving towards adopting poker as a profession.


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