Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game played with a group of players. The player with the best hand wins the pot. There are many different variations of the game, but the basic rules are the same.

To begin the game, all players must place an ante. An ante is a bet that is usually small, such as $1 or $5.

The ante determines how much of the pot will go to each player. The ante is usually put into the pot by a player before a hand is dealt.

The ante gives the pot a value before the hand is dealt. It is also the first bet that is made in the game.

Players can check, call, or raise. The betting interval for the game is usually one round. The turn to bet passes from player to player, starting with the player to the left of the button.

There are also side pots. Each player may be awarded a different side pot. The pot is the aggregate of the bets that all players make during the game. The hand with the highest rank is awarded the pot.

The highest possible hand is five of a kind. A five of a kind beats a straight flush. If more than one hand is of the same rank, the higher card is the winner.

Ties are broken when the two people holding the highest cards do not have a pair. The second pair is the winner.