There are several variations of poker. Texas Hold’Em is the most popular form. The game begins with an ante, or “buy in” bet, which is made at the beginning of the game. The dealer will then deal cards to each player, which may be face up or down. The player’s decision will then be on whether to bet or fold. Other options include checking, raising, and matching the bet of the opponent.
The rules of Poker vary depending on the game variation. The game is played with poker chips. Depending on the number of players, a supply of at least 200 chips is needed. The lowest value chip is the white one. Red chips are worth five whites; blue chips are worth 10 or twenty or more; and dark-colored chips are worth two, four, or five reds. Players “buy in” by purchasing chips to the game, usually in the same denomination as their bet.
The game can be played with as many as ten players, although the ideal number is six or eight. The game’s pot is the total of all bets made by all players in a single deal. The person with the highest hand wins the pot. In addition, the player with the highest-ranking poker hand wins the pot if no other player calls. When the game is played with more than ten players, two separate games can be organized.