The Basics of Poker


Poker is a fun and exciting card game that requires skill and strategy. Each player is dealt five cards. Each player may choose to keep one or more cards, discard one or more, or fold the remaining ones. If a player has Jacks or better, they must show them and the other players can make bets on them. A player with a pair of kings will win the pot. After seeing the initial cards, the player must bet again.

Almost all versions of poker use a standard 52-card deck. The cards are ranked from A (highest) to K (lowest). There are also blue chips, which are worth five whites and red chips worth two, four, or five reds. In the beginning of the game, each player buys in, by buying chips. In most cases, a player must buy in the same amount of chips.

The first betting round occurs before the first three community cards are dealt. This is called the “pre-flop” and is a betting round in which players wager on the strength of their hidden “hole” cards. The players move clockwise around the table, and the player with the highest hand wins. When the game is over, the player who folded loses his or her chips and forfeits any remaining money in the pot. When this happens, the player is known as a “push.”