The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game that uses cards and chips to compete against other players. It takes skill and strategy to win the game.

Rules and Procedure:

In most forms of poker, the dealer shuffles the cards and deals them one at a time to each player, starting with the player on the left. Then the first round of betting begins.

Betting is done clockwise; each player in turn must either call (match) the maximum previous bet, raise the bet to a higher amount, or fold. The player who folds loses the amount bet so far and all further involvement in the hand.


A poker hand is made up of five cards, and the highest hand wins. Rank is determined by the probability that a particular combination of cards is mathematically more likely than any other combination.

Typical hands are 7-5-4-3-2 in two or more suits; however, wild cards can be used to make any hand rank higher. The highest possible hand is five of a kind, which beats any straight flush or a pair of aces.

Some games allow players to discard up to three cards and take new ones from the top of the deck, during the betting rounds. Then, after another round of betting has been completed, each player must show their cards and the player with the best hand wins the pot.