How to Play Poker


Poker is a card game where players bet chips and win or lose them. The game has a large element of chance, but is also based on psychology and skill. Players can also use bluffing to their advantage.

A standard pack of 52 cards is used in most games, although some variants use multiple packs or add jokers. The cards are ranked (from high to low) Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. In addition to the normal suits, there are wild cards which can take on any suit and rank their possessor desires.

Players put in a bet of some amount (the amount varies by game) to get their cards, and then place bets into a pot in the middle of the table. When betting gets around to you, say “raise” if you want to increase the amount of money that is being bet. If you raise, the other players must either call your new bet or fold.

During the betting phase, you can also replace cards from your hand that don’t play with any of the community cards dealt on the board. This is called “calling down” or “raising the flop.”

After all of the betting, if all but one player folds, then the highest hand wins the pot and no cards are required to be revealed. Otherwise, the highest hand shows its cards and a showdown occurs. The winning player takes the pot and the other players collect their bets.