# A Beginner’s Guide to Poker

A game of poker starts with the dealer’s left player putting down chips equal to the starting amount (called the first blind). The next player on the dealer’s left puts down their second blind (also known as the big blind), which is usually double the first blind and represents the minimum bet. This player can then choose to either “call” (increase their stake to match the last raise) or “raise” (add additional chips to the bet in front of him).

## All-in

In the all-in poker game, you need to analyze your opponents’ hands to determine whether you should move all-in or not. While the decision will depend on a number of factors, there are some rules that you should follow. For example, when you decide to move all-in, you will be bluffing much less than if you waited to see whether your opponent would call or fold.

Firstly, consider the pot size. To do this, divide the effective stack size by the pot size. The effective stack is the smallest amount of chips that you have in the hand. This doesn’t include any excess chips you might have. Secondly, calculate the stack-to-pot ratio (SPR). Whenever the pot size is large, the SPR will be high. This SPR will tell you how committed you are to winning the pot. The higher the SPR, the higher the risk is.

## Blind bets

Blind bets are wagers that are placed in the betting phase of a poker game before the dealer deals any cards. They are usually small, mandatory bets that must be placed before a player can act. The purpose of these bets is to ensure that the distribution of cards is not in vain. Otherwise, no one would be able to win any money. But blind bets also have a certain strategic value, as they can help a player win more money and beat his opponents.

The blind bets are usually made by the first two players. In poker, blind bets are necessary to ensure that the game is level, and they help the poker room make money.

## Raise

A poker hand that has the potential to win the pot can be raised, which is a strategy that can help you win the game. Raising is an aggressive betting action that you can make by either verbally raising or physically pushing your chips into the pot. It generally indicates that you have a good hand and want to take advantage of it. If you raise your hand, be sure to watch your opponent’s response. A passive player may respond to a raise by calling it or checking at the start of the next betting round.

Raises are typically made in increments of five dollars or more. Some betting structures require you to match the bets of your opponents before you can raise.

## Fold

When playing poker, knowing when to fold is one of the most important aspects of the game. When you fold, you are essentially waving a white flag and giving up all of your chips and money. This action is not a mistake; it simply means that you don’t have any more profitable options.

Knowing when to fold is just as important as knowing when to play the right hand. Many players fall into the trap of getting married to a good-looking hand and lose focus on the other players. Often, they feel that calling is the better option, even though their opponent might have a better hand. Nonetheless, knowing when to fold is a valuable poker strategy that can increase your bankroll and keep you from losing a hand.

## Kitty

Kitty is a poker player who has been a fixture at poker tournaments for over two years. A native of Boston, Kitty originally worked in radio before deciding to focus on poker full time. She mostly plays cash games, and she attracts a lot of attention from fellow poker players. She has been photographed in many different outfits and is said to bring a lot of positive energy to the table.

The term “kitty” may have derived from the word kit. A kitty, or kit, is a container that a player keeps poker implements in. Many poker players also store funds in their kitty.