The Basics of Poker


In Poker, a player receives one card face-down and another card face-up in a game that is played over several rounds. The game is then interrupted for a betting interval, after which the hole cards are revealed. The player with the highest ranking poker combination is called the first bettor and must bet the minimum amount in the first betting interval. If the player fails to make a bet during this time, he or she may check in later betting intervals.

When more than one player remains, the game is called a’showdown.’ The players then reveal their hidden cards and evaluate their hands. The player with the highest-valued hand wins the pot. Poker hands are made up of five cards, and count only if they consist of the best five-card combination. Examples of good poker hands are straight flushes and four of a kind. In the event that more than one player is left, two separate games can be organized.

During the hand, each player is given one or more chips. In games of seven or more players, poker chips should be provided. The lowest-valued chip is a white chip. The red chip is worth five whites. The blue chip is worth two, four, or five reds. Players “buy in” to the game by purchasing chips in a predetermined amount. For each round of play, a dealer chips is given.