Are you just getting started with Facebook poker? Wondering what is it all about and how to play?
Facebook poker is one of the most popular applications on Facebook with over 12 million active players, playing every month.
So why is it so popular? It is fun and social; you can play with your mates. It's free to play so you will not go bankrupt, and it is a good way of honing your poker skills.
So how do I get started?
First of all you need to install the Facebook Texas Hold 'em Poker application you can do this by going to the Facebook Poker applications page (see the link at the end of this article), logging in to your profile profile and installing the application. Once it is installed you will be taken directly to the application where you will be able to start playing. If you want to come back to it later you will find it under your applications tab in the bottom left hand corner of your Facebook profile.
Facebook very kindly give you $ 2,000 free poker chips to get you started but before you jump right in and start playing you might want to get the low down on how to play.
Facebook Poker: How to play
OK your all set up with the application installed and your free chips collected from Facebook, now you need to know how to play.
Facebook Texas Hold 'em Poker is a 7card poker game (Texas Hold' em) which means you will have 7 cards dealt to you for which you choose 5 cards to make up your best hand. The good news is that the application will show you your best hand, so you will be able to learn as you play and you eradicate the chance of missing your best hand.
Here is a break down of poker hands that would win a game.
Here I have listed the best to worst hands in Poker
All 5 cards are in the same suit - ie diamonds and they run in order ie Ace, 2,3,4,5 or 8,9,10, Jack, Queen
4 of a Kind
4 cards out of your five are of the same rank - ie 4 Jacks, or 4 number 2s
The full house hand is made up of a set of 3 cards all of the same rank and a set of two cards of the same rank - ie 3 number 4s and 2 number 2s or 3 Queens and 2 number 9s
All 5 cards are of the same suit and can be in any order - ie all cards are spades and they are 2, 5, 7, Jack, King
All 5 cards are in order but can be any suit ie 10 diamonds, Jack hearts, Queen Clubs, King Clubs, Ace Hearts
Aces can either come come before a 2 to start a straight or after a King to end a straight.
3 of a Kind
3 cards of the same rank
2 sets of cards of the same rank - ie 2 number 10 cards and 2 number 4 cards plus a number 3 card.
Pair (2 of a Kind)
One pair within your hand, a pair is made of 2 cards of the same rank - ie 2 number 10 cards and a mix of other cards make up the hand.
If you have no other hand, your highest card is your hand. For example: 'high card ace' or 'high card queen'
If your hand does not use all 5 of your cards, the highest leftover card is called a 'kicker'. The kicker is used to compare ties. If the other player has the same hand as you then your kicker card will decide who wins, the higher the kicker the better.
If your hand ties with another player's the winner will be determined on the hand with the higher ranking cards.
If both players have the exact same hand, then both players win and the pot is split evenly between them.
OK - did you get all of that? Do you understand how you are going to play Facebook poker and work your way up to the elite tables? Ready to go whoop your friend's butts? I hope you found 'Facebook Poker: How to Play' useful. Go get started and have a few games to get used to playing.
Good luck - I'll see you at the tables!