How to Play Poker


Several people sit around a circular table and play poker. A group of players, each with five cards, compete to make the best hand possible. The player with the highest-ranking hand wins the pot. If a hand is tied, the highest card breaks the tie.

The game begins with an ante, a small bet. The amount of the ante varies by game. The player who is first to act in the hand sits immediately to the left of the button.

The first dealer is the person who has the highest card. The initial dealer shuffles the deck and deals cards one at a time to the players. The cards may be dealt face up or face down.

After the initial dealer deals cards, a betting round begins. The bets are made in clockwise order. If a player folds, they discard their hand and lose any chips in the pot.

The player who raises is the one who has the right to make the next bet. The amount of the next bet may be as large as the previous bet.

The player who owes something to the pot calls. If the hand contains five cards, a pair of kings is not good off the deal. If it contains only four cards, it is considered a strong hand. The best hand is a straight flush. A straight flush contains all cards of the same suit. If there are two pairs of kings, one pair wins.