The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game in which the highest-ranking hand wins the pot. If two players tie for a high-hand and a low-hand, the pot is split equally between them. If two players have an identical pair, the hand that will win the pot will be decided by the ranking of the next card.

Poker can be played with any number of players, although six to eight players is ideal. Each player makes bets in turn and the sum of all of these bets is called the pot. The player with the highest-ranking poker hand wins the pot, or he wins if no other player calls. The game is played with two decks, each with 52 cards.

Poker chips are almost always used for the game. There are two colors of chips, each worth a different value. The lowest value chip is a white chip, while the highest value chip is a red chip. Dark-colored chips are worth two, four, or five reds. If the game has more than seven players, you will need to have poker chips.

In the first betting phase, the dealer deals one card face-down to each active player, then the next player deals a card face-up. Then, a betting interval will occur. Then, the hole cards will be revealed. This betting phase is continued until the player with the highest-ranking poker hand wins the pot.