The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game that is popular in casinos around the world. It is played in a variety of variants, but most people know it by Texas Hold’Em.

Rules and Procedure:

To start a poker game, players must ante up. This is a small amount of money that is paid to the dealer, which allows them to deal two cards to every player. Then the players choose whether to bet, fold, or call.

A player’s hand is dealt from a deck of 52 cards. Each card is face down and the player can trade it for a different card from the deck, if they desire.

The players then play a series of betting rounds. Each round of betting is limited by the number of chips in the pot at that time, and a player can raise only the number of chips it takes for the next player to call their bet.


A major feature of poker is that a player can bluff other players, which can help them to win the game. A player can bluff by raising a bet before other players call it, or by calling a bet and then raising it later.

When a bluff is successful, the hand ends, the bettor collects the pot, and no cards are required to be shown. The next hand is then dealt, and the winner of that hand collects the pot.

When a hand is tied, it is called a “high low split”. In this case, the highest hand is awarded the pot.