The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game played with a standard pack of 52 cards (some variant games use more than one deck and add a few jokers). The poker cards are ranked from high to low: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

In the game of poker, players bet money into a pot during betting rounds. When a player has the highest hand, he wins the pot.

To start a poker game, all players must place an ante into the pot (the amount varies by the game and our games typically require a nickel). Once everyone has their antes, the dealer deals two cards face down to each player.

Once the cards are dealt, the players can choose to fold, call or raise. The choice to raise a bet means that you have added more money to the pot.

A round of betting then follows, and all players can discard up to three cards before taking new ones from the top of the deck. At the end of this round, a showdown takes place where all of the players must show their hands to see who wins.

Poker is a game of skill, but it also has a lot of luck involved. There’s no way to win every time – so you need to keep your focus on the long term.