The Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game played by a number of people around a table. It is a fast-paced game and players bet continuously until someone has all the chips or folds.

There are a number of different variations of the game but all share some basic features. These include:

Straight and Draw Games

Each player receives five cards, face up, with the dealer having the last right to shuffle the deck before each deal. The player to the left of the dealer starts off the hand.

The Deal

At the beginning of each round, the player to the left of the dealer deals one card face down to each player and the rest of the pack to himself. This deal is followed by a betting interval and a showdown.


When a player calls, they bet the same amount as the previous person and the pot is increased by the amount of their bet. They can also raise the amount of their bet if they so choose.


Acting last gives you “bluff equity.” This means that if you have a strong hand, your opponent will be more likely to call your bet because they have a weaker hand.

Identifying Conservative Players

There are two types of poker players: those who are very conservative and those who are aggressive. The conservatives are risk-averse and often fold early in a hand.

The aggressive players are more risk-taking and often bet high early in a hand before seeing how the other players are acting on their cards.