The Basics of Poker


The game of poker is played with cards in a deck. The goal of the game is to obtain the best-ranked hand and win the game by betting until the other players fold. In the case of a winning hand, the player with the highest ranking hand wins the pot. In the event of a draw, the money in the pot is split evenly amongst the players. In poker, there are three types of poker hands. A player with the highest-ranking hand is referred to as the ‘champion’.

In some poker variants, each player has the privilege of placing a bet in the pot before the other players. This player must put in as much chips as the player before him has placed. If a player has a low hand, the player must raise to make up for it. When a player has a low-ranking hand, he or she is said to be an “inactive player.”

In a typical game of poker, the dealer does not have to be one of the players. The house dealer is the person dealing the cards to the players. The dealer is a white plastic disk that indicates the nominal dealer. Cards are dealt clockwise around the table. The dealer button is then used to determine betting order. The dealer, also called the buck, controls the game’s betting. During a poker game, players are required to place a bet and raise.