The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game played by players who place bets on their hands. The player with the highest ranked hand when all the cards are shown wins the pot – all the bets placed during that round. The game can be fast-paced and players can raise their bets or “check” when they don’t want to place any chips in the pot.

There are many different variants of poker, but they all have a common element: betting on your hand. The game can be fast-paced, and players often bet on their hand continuously until one person has all the chips or everyone folds. Players can also check when they don’t want to bet and wait for the next player’s turn.

The dealer shuffles the cards and the player on their right cuts them. Two mandatory bets, called blinds, are then put into the pot by the players to their left before the cards are dealt. Each player then has 2 cards dealt to them. There are then several rounds of betting, and the cards are dealt based on that. A full house has 3 matching cards of the same rank, a flush contains 5 consecutive cards of the same suit, a straight is five cards in order but they can be from more than one suit, and pair is 2 cards of the same rank plus one unmatched card.

When it’s a player’s turn to act, they can call the last person’s bet, raise their own bet, or drop out (fold). If they raise their own bet, they must “call” if the player to their left wants to stay in the hand, or else they must fold.