How to teach poker to beginners

Most players learn and teach poker in the same way. I think there is a better way to convey this great game...it depends on you.


I started poker like most people and learned combinations. Then, the road of learning is through the power of both hands, who has defeated whom?


A pair is better than a pair, two pairs are better than a pair, a group is better than two pairs, and so on until a royal flush. There are some reminders for beginners and beginners in the car!


Then we continue to deal with the way the cards are dealt. Then, we talk about how the ante works, what the blinds are, and finally the different actions (bet, bet, raise, call, throw). This method works well, poker is not a complicated game to teach, and beginners can start playing the game in 25 minutes.


This method is incorrect! In my opinion, it obscures one of the most important aspects of the poker game.


What is the nature of poker? What makes it different from other card games


? Gambling made everything right in this game, right?


Bridge, gin and gin... the strategy of the card game follows the strategy you can sometimes win. However, money is not the center of the game. Money is not fundamental, it has no influence on strategy.


In contrast, poker is a betting game played with cards. Cards are an excuse, poker is a competition based on money.


Even if you play poker just to earn chips like I did when I was a kid, the game is still based on chips instead of money-chip accumulation. Take away the chips, money and poker are no longer games.


Our poker teaching method should take this into consideration. In my opinion, start from the betting phase, not from the hand sequence. Yes, even for very young and completely inexperienced players, start by teaching this basic aspect of the game.


This is my job.


I first teach my students to use a card poker. You can call it a "Poker War" because it is really just a fighting game you play for money.


Battle may be a game where everyone starts playing cards. Since I was 5 years old, this is the easiest game in the world.


Take a pack of paper and cut it in half. Your opponent has half, and you have the other half. Each of you turns a card, and the biggest card wins. and many more.


If you rotate cards of the same level, each card will generate an additional card, and the best player will win the retention money of four cards. You play until one player has all the cards. This is the prototype of art.


In the "Poker Battle", each player takes half of the bag, but at the same time gets the same chips as the opponent. Before handing over the cards, one player bets one token and the other bets two tokens.


The betting rules are the same as "Unlimited". Words and players who bet a chip, the latter can pay ("call"), roll ("fold") or raise ("raise"). If necessary, we then reveal the cards, and the biggest win is the pot formed by the player's betting. If there is no showdown, the last invader wins.


The key is that you first teach the students the concept of betting. In this case, the player is betting on a card. You start with two players and can add as many novices as possible.


Once the player understands the basic rules of these betting rounds, you can explain and demonstrate the basic strategic basis.


For example, by showing that players can only decide to bet if they have an A in their hand, you can explain what the strict strategy is. Then explain the strategy by indicating that the tight player will be found soon and the opponent will easily return his hand every time you bet... and bet on all other hands to steal the three chips that already exist The limitations of the middle. .


This is a great way to introduce bluffing, and it is the idea that every participant can win the pot without having the strongest hand in the game. Therefore, each participant can simply win by placing a bet without having a better hand than the opponent. He also introduced the idea of ​​bluffing frequencies. If it is too high, your opponent will soon learn to call with a lower hand than usual.


Then continue to introduce the loose aggressive strategy, and also discuss the "call station" strategy or the infinite aggressive wild strategy. Then, your beginner will learn different ways to bet without having to consider the value of five cards or the inconvenience of upcoming cards.


Once you have been playing poker wars for a while and your students start to develop strategies, it's time to introduce the complexity of 5 cards and the alternating flow of the game. Hand distribution and different betting rounds between flop, turn and river


In this way, the beginner will understand the power of the hand in terms of betting and position. The absolute strength of their hands will not be the main consideration, and sometimes the paralysis that leads to the result can be avoided.


At this moment, you will be able to explain the two private cards, the three cards on the flop, the turn and the river, and how to build 5 cards from these seven cards. First is the concept of betting, then the strength of the hand, and then the process of poker hits. I teach new players poker in this order.


I have never met anyone who does not understand the sequence of poker hands. Even for our slowest people, this is not complicated. But I know that many poker players-smart people-have lost their way in the twists and turns of absolute hand value, and completely forget that in order to win poker, sometimes you only need to bet instead of just betting with good hands.​​​​


This lesson-betting rather than the absolute importance of owning good cards-is easier to understand for novices. This is why I teach beginners how to bet first instead of the order of raising hands.


Do you disagree with this idea? You now have a way to experience different methods and convince new players to enter poker...


Ashley Adams has played poker for half a century since the beginning of the 21st century and wrote articles about his favorite game. He published two books, "Winning 7 Card Stud" (Kensington, 2003) and "Winning No Limit Texas Hold'em" (2012, Beacon), and introduced the "House of Cards" program

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