How to Play Poker with VDOG

Go to Play Now and follow the process to create an account, get your membership and download the poker client.  If you have any questions, you can also refer to our FAQ.

Learning the Game of Poker

If you are learning to play poker for the first time, here are some links to some of the basics you will need to know.  Wikipedia gives a little history and description of Poker, with links to variations of the game.  Currently, the most popular game is Texas Hold’em the rules section is a good start to read.

Knowing the rank of winning hands is possibly the most important thing to learn as a beginner.  You can’t ask your opponents if you have a good hand and expect them to actually help you out but you can ask if it’s your turn to bet. This video and list of the rank of poker winning hands clearly outlines what beats what.  Remember virtually all poker games it is the best 5 cards.  

Tournaments like you will find in VDOGpoker are a great way to start learning the ins and outs of poker.  The added benefit of VDOGpoker is that once you cash in a tournament or two you will have Arena tournament chips to learn the feel of a ring game in the VDOGpoker Arena. 

Learn the terms of poker.  Inevitably you will see in the table chat or in the VDOGpoker Chat room terms you are unfamiliar with.   This is a great list of poker terms to keep on top of your chat.

Beyond Basics

VDOG Staff Poker Book Recommendations

Even the most seasoned pro can benefit from reading poker books.  From learning a new concept to refreshing the already imbedded ideas.  Some people might even say, oh I do that, but I don’t even know why!  Below are the recommendations of VDOG staff players:

KershVDOG: “Fundamental Secrets of Winning Poker” by Mike Caro. Great all around poker book. & “No Limit Hold’em Theory and Practice” by David Sklansky and Ed Miller

VDOGRandy:  “Every Hand Revealed” by Gus Hansen

Wade: "Tournament Poker and the Art of War" by David Apostolico, "The Middle Zone" by Annie Duke and "Poker Psychology" by Dr. Al Schoonmaker

VDOGJim: “Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em”

VDOGChuck: “Doyle Brunson’s Super System” by Texas Dolly Brunson, Chip Reese, Joey Hawthorn and other contributors.  Chuck also supports the idea of reviewing some poker vlogs for those who favor videos to page flipping. His top 3 poker vlogs are:

  • Andrew Neeme - a higher limit poker player in Las Vegas who shows you around town as he plays 2-5NL, or 5-10NL at different casinos. He also does hand analysis of his play.
  • Trooper97 is another vlogger that is part poker and part making a living in Las Vegas.
  • PokerKraut is another fun vlogger to watch too.

Concepts to Cover

You’re beyond the basics so you know what hands beat what and betting goes around in a circle.  If you prefer to do research on your own, here are some (not every) poker concepts to look into:

  • Pot Odds
  • Implied Odds
  • Position
  • Tilt
  • Bet Sizing
  • The Semi-Bluff
  • Bankroll Management
  • Counting Your Outs
  • Table Image