Welcome to BetKing’s beginner’s guide to Bitcoin poker! With the introduction of our exciting poker variants, we wanted to help the beginners amongst you learn the basics of how to play our Bitcoin poker games.
Fortunately, the only difference between Bitcoin poker and regular online poker variants is the currency that you are using! Here, we’re talking you through the hand rankings, rules, poker tells, and some top tips to get you started as a Bitcoin poker beginner.
As you can see from the chart above, the basic hand rankings in Bitcoin poker are identical to that in regular fiat poker game. With No Limit Hold’em, a Royal Flush is the best hand that you can obtain, and you are able to use both of the cards you were dealt as well as the community cards on the table. After the Royal Flush, the next hands in decreasing value are the Straight Flush, Four Of A Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three Of A Kind, Two Pair, Pair and High Card. You may even try to bluff your way with nothing to win the pot!
As mentioned previously, the rules of Bitcoin No Limit Hold’em poker are the same as regular fiat poker. With a standard 52-card deck, and 2-10 players able to play at a single table, the process of playing the game is very simple.
When the game ventures round to your turn, make sure that you choose your options wisely – whether you bet, check or fold can determine how successful you are throughout the game. Effectively managing your bankroll and calculating what cards your opponents may be holding will ensure that you are consistently working towards winning the pot.
A betting round will end when all players have acted, or all players who haven’t folded have bet the same amount for the round. Once you get to grips with the basic rules of Bitcoin poker, you are certain to be on your way to success. Here at BetKing, we ensure that all of our tables are free from sharks and seat scripting software, so if you’re a beginner, you don’t have to fear the more experienced players attempting to take your funds while you’re still finding your feet.
Understanding the process of how a game works is important to ensure you can keep up with the pace of the game, without becoming confused or lost. Firstly, the dealer will provide each player on the table with two hole cards – all of which are hidden from view of other players on the table. The first two players to the left of the dealer will need to place the big blind and the small blind into the pot (more on that later), and then the first player to the left of the big blind will be the first to act during the first betting round.
This player will decide whether to call or raise, and once this occurs, each player will continue to make the same decision in a clockwise direction. Once game play reaches the big blind, he then has the final opportunity to check (if no raise has taken place), call or raise. Once all players have carried out the first round of betting, folding or raising, the dealer will place three cards on the table – this is known as the flop. The players can then decide whether or not they are likely to create a worthy hand which may have the potential to win the pot, and a new round of betting will begin.
After this round, a fourth card (also known as the turn or fourth street) is placed on the table, and another round of betting will begin. Finally, the dealer will place the fifth card on the table (the river), which will result in the final round of betting by all players who are left in the game. Once this is complete, the player with the highest-ranking hand, drawn from their hole cards and community cards to make the best five card hand, will win the pot.
This is where things can become a little confusing for beginners who are simply looking to place their bets, but with Bitcoin poker at BetKing, you will find the process is simple and easy to understand. The big blind and the small blind are two compulsory small bets that players will need to put into the pot with every round and rotates in turns clockwise, after each game. These bets are placed prior to any player seeing their cards, and the concept of these small wagers is to create the action in the game.
While it can be difficult to spot poker tells in online games, there are a few tips that you can keep in mind as a beginner. In a live poker game, you’re likely to spot someone who is constantly making eye contact, or always looking away in the game – which can make you suspicious of the game they are playing. In addition to this, you may notice certain players who keep fiddling with the chips or their cards. These are known as poker tells, and sometimes you can use these tells to your advantage; by working out how a player acts in certain situations, you can better determine the strength of their cards. With online Bitcoin poker however, poker tells are different as you are not face-to-face with the players.
In online games you may begin to pick up on regular betting patterns, or players who take extra time to act (generally because they are unsure what to do as they may have a mediocre hand), or alternatively, they may be eagerly placing their bets which may indicate that you need to fold. Be aware that some players will change the way they play in an attempt to catch you out. Don’t believe that these signals are always telling you exactly what you want them to. Great players can use poker tells to their advantage, but until you are au fait with how these work, you may want to stick to playing in line with the rules until you are comfortable to ensure you are not making brash decisions.
There you have it: all of the basic information you need to know when playing Bitcoin poker at BetKing! To finish off, we’ve put together some top tips to help you on your path to success.
Firstly, if you’re making good decisions with every hand, then results will follow. You should also ensure that you understand why you’re playing poker, in order to determine the level of knowledge you should acquire before placing your bets – if you’re looking to win as a beginner, you’re going to want to ensure you have carried out a significant amount of research before playing. Once you have determined this, you will need to understand the estimated value, the pot odds and the probability of winning with each hand, in order to get the most out of your game play. Poker is just as much about maths and statistics, as it is about understanding how to read people.
Once you have begun to learn these elements to poker, you will need to master what makes a strong starting hand, and ultimately avoid tilt and steaming (where you are adopting a less than optimal strategy after becoming frustrated or emotional with the way the game is panning out). Keep your poker face on, adopt a particular style of play such as tight, loose, aggressive, or passive, or can mix it up, and you’ll be well on your way to progressing through the poker ranks.
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