# The Phases of Poker

In this chapter, you will learn the various phases of Poker. Read on to learn about the Pre-flop betting phase, the Blinds and Straight flush. If there are more than 10 players, two separate games can be organized. This chapter also introduces various types of hands, including Royal flush and straight flush. Afterward, you will learn the rules for playing these hands. This chapter concludes with some important tips for playing poker. Hopefully, you will have fun learning about these important poker hands!

## Pre-flop betting phase

In a game of poker, the pre-flop betting phase is critical to the outcome of the hand. In this phase, players receive two hole cards, or ‘flops’, and decide whether to bet, raise, or fold. If the cards are of the same rank, players can raise all their chips to the amount of the big blind, or fold completely. The player to the left of the big blind, initiates this betting phase.

## Blinds

When playing poker, you will often encounter players who steal their opponents’ blinds. These players are known as leaks. They call too much from the small blind or the big blind, and are not defending their blinds well. It is important to understand the math behind defending your blinds so you can steal more blinds from your opponents. You can read more about steals and how to effectively defend your blinds below. Here are some tips to help you steal blinds from your opponents.

## Straight flush

In poker, a straight flush is a winning hand that consists of five cards of the same suit in a row. While the chances of getting this hand are relatively low in tournaments, they do occur. In a straight flush competition, the higher card combination wins the pot. If two players have straight flushes with the same suit, the pot is split. However, you can get a straight flush by holding five cards of different suits.

## Royal flush

The odds of getting a Royal Flush in poker are extremely low. This is mainly because most hands do not make it to the river. In fact, most hands that could have made a Royal fold pre-flop. It is not possible to predict when you will have a Royal flush since there is not a one in X chance of getting it. For example, a coin flip has a one in two chance of landing on a heads. Nevertheless, a Royal Flush is slightly easier to get than a straight flush.

## Tie hands

In poker, a tie hand occurs when two players have a similar five-card combination. This can include pairs of twos or sevens. The player with the lower pair is known as the ‘kicker,’ and he or she does not participate in the final betting round. Certain board textures increase the chances of a tie. One way to break a tie is to raise your bet. However, if you raise and your opponent calls, you will lose the hand.