Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last few years, you probably know that poker is experiencing a huge explosion in popularity. Poker is not new, but the combination of tournaments on TV and playing online has resulted in a huge resurgence of the game. It is getting to the point where you need to know at least some poker knowledge to get through office conversations at the water cooler or weekend parties at your friends’ house!

You’re probably here because you don’t know the first thing about poker. That’s good as you’ve come to the right place! By the end of this tutorial you’ll know your flushes from straights and you’ll be able to talk the lingo at least to the point where an experienced player won’t think you are a complete newbie.

Poker is a really simple game once you get to know it. However, it can be extremely intimidating to the beginner because of all the slang, variations, and etiquette involved. If you want to get through a game you have to know the basic rules, how to bet, what equipment is used, the rankings of the hands, what variants of poker are out there, a bit about strategy, what etiquette you should be aware of, and even how to spot a cheat. We’ll cover all this and everything in-between, so let’s start out by learning the very basics.

One note before we move on. This tutorial is designed to give a new player everything he or she needs to know to play a game. However, if you don’t want to read from beginning to end, follow the links in the table of contents below.