The Basics of Poker


Generally, Poker involves betting. Each player is dealt a hand of five cards. The highest hand wins the pot. Typically, the cards are ranked from Ace to Ace. Some variant games use jokers.

The pot is the sum of all the bets made by all the players during a deal. Usually, two or more betting intervals are used per deal. Each player must place a certain number of chips in the pot.

The first player makes the first bet. If a raise is called, the raiser is required to place additional chips in the pot. The player who calls is also required to place the same number of chips into the pot as the player who raised.

If the bets in the pot are equal, the bets are considered “equalized” and the betting interval ends. If the hand is a tie, the high card breaks the tie.

The earliest known version of Poker in Europe is likely the 17th-century French game poque. It may have evolved from a German or Spanish game called primero.

The game is played with a standard 52-card deck. The cards are ranked from the Ace to the high card. The lowest possible hand is 6-4-3-2-A in two or more suits.

The game can be played with as many as 10 players. The ideal number is six to eight. The supply of chips for the game should be about 200.

Some players play with a special fund called the “kitty.” This fund is built by cutting a low-denomination chip from pots that contain more than one raise. The kitty is used to pay for new decks of cards.