Beginners: Learn to play poker with this simple, complete step-by-step guide with all the basics to start playing right away.
I've been a writer for more than 30 years, with a background in journalism and newswires. I've been playing poker for fun longer than that.I grew up in the days of three network TV stations, long before the Internet where family time was board games and card games. When I was old enough to understand how poker worked, 7 or 8, my dad taught me to play Five Card Draw. I taught my younger siblings so I’d have someone to play with and we’d use the fake money from our Monopoly game for "betting." It wasn’t long before I was selfishly teaching the kids in my neighborhood so I could play. As an adult, someone taught me Texas Hold ’Em at a party. It wasn’t as popular as it is today, but it was a new game and it was fun. And being from Texas … I should be learning the game that originated here, right? Again, I started teaching my friends so I would have people to play with and anytime I met someone who’d never played poker at all (which was often), I always started with the easier Five Card Draw to cover the basics and moved on to the rules of Texas Hold ’Em. Texas Hold ’Em is both simple and complex. You’re about to learn to play poker the same way I did: the basics, the rules, some strategy, Five Card Draw and Texas Hold ’Em. Once we’re done, you’ll have 100 million potential opponents out in the world.