The Basics of Poker


Poker is a game played by groups of people around an oval or circular table. The game is played using a standard pack of 52 cards. Players are dealt five cards and use these to make the best hand they can. Several variations of the game are popular.

Poker is most commonly played with poker chips. Generally, the chips are numbered from highest to lowest. One chip is the blue chip, which is worth two or four whites, and the other is the red chip, which is worth five whites.

Each player is given a turn to place a bet. Betting is in a clockwise order, with the highest bet taking the lead. A raise is a bet made by a player, while a check is a bet of nothing.

When all players have bet, the round ends and the pot is awarded to the player who holds the highest-ranking poker hand. If there is a tie, the pot is divided among the players.

Ties are broken when a high card is discarded, such as an Ace. The top card of each player’s hand is then ranked, from the Ace to the lowest card. Unless otherwise specified, the cards are ranked by suit.

Some games use Wild Cards, which take any suit. These cards are also able to break ties. In addition, some games include jokers.

Depending on the type of poker, the dealer may cut the deck or pass out all the cards at once. If the dealer does not cut the deck, the player in the middle may choose to do so.